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Morning Drink

Morning Drink
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-12-10 6:05
Viewed: 5637
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the impala’s Gerhard has requested It is an example of serendipity in photography – stopping to shoot one subject, then ending-up with a completely different one. We stopped to photograph and immature Fish Eagle looking for some catfish in this small pool. This was the end of September in Kruger, before the start of the summer rains, and the water was fast disappearing from the last few pools. These pools are overstocked with barbell – catfish – at this time of the season, and all of them struggling to survive is the little bit of water left. Such pools afford great opportunities for opportunistic birds of prey to feed on the “captive” barbells.
Any way, as I was shooting away at the fish eagle, my eyes were drawn to this scene of the impalas drinking in this pool. The sun was busy rising above the horizon, giving just enough light to get this shot at a very high ISO (640) with some reflection details visible in the water. I love the ambience in this shot, and depending on your monitor settings, this image could either be slightly OE or UE. I have posted a workshop where the exposure is “right” for me on my monitor.

Venue – First bridge just north of Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp in Kruger NP.
Date 25th September 2005
Time 06h06
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 640 & -0,7 EV
Sigma 120-300 2.8 APO HSM
Filter – Sigma UV
Focal length – 240 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/200 @ F5.6
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Flash – none
Support – Wimberley head on Camsteady car rest
Some cropping to suit, Brightness/Contrast; Some USM, reduced to Site size.

dew77, scottevers7, thistle, wallhalla15, gerhardt, Janice, red45, manyee, soccer, marhowie, PDP, Luc, coasties, Fisher has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-10 6:09]

Hello Callie!
WOnderful capture.Lighting,warm calors,pose of impalas,framing,details,reflections on water and composition are excelent.TFS....:-)

Early thirst, probably a hangover, just kidding, Callie! Very efective billabong shot ! Not one but tree Impalas pefectly lined up! I love it!

Hi Callie,
Excellent shot! Three in the same pose on these beautiful animals is great. Your shot has added just enough extra light to be perfect.

That's a lovely shot!
It has great mood, very warm light and perfect framing.
I like it very much :)

Hello Callie,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours/lighting and composition. Thanks for sharing.

  • Good 
  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-12-10 14:20]

Belle composition. Couleurs un peu étranges sans doute en raison de la faible lumière.


This is the one! :) I wonder how many times have I witnessed such a perfect sunrise. The golden glow looks surreal. I find this one better than the WS. It brings out nice details in the pool and shows nicer reflection in the water. The glint in the eye is also better. The symmetry and contrasts in this capture makes it special thanx for posting it Callie. BTW - I always enjoy reading your notes.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-11 3:53]

Good evening Callie. The early morning sun give an awesome light to these thirsty Impala. Excellent capture, especially with the triple posing. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-12-11 13:32]

Beautifull trio Callie! I'm very glad to see new photo from you. Great, warm colours, exceptional moment. Picture African soul!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-11 15:49]

Wow! A primordial scene from the dawn of time.
Very evocative and strong visual impact.
Congratulations on a wonderful capture.
TFS your amazing photos. : )

Hi Callie,

I really like the composition of this picture. The picture just has the right "feel" about it. I love Impalas, even though they are so numerous. TFS.


I like the early light, reflection and warm color Callie. Well composed and these three drinking in unison from this POV is an excellent take. Very well done, Thank You!
Someday, somehow before I die, I'm going to make it to Africa. I swear it!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-22 16:33]

Hi Callie, Very nice work. I think it has a very warm atmosphere and the composition is exceptional. Shame about the fish eagle but this more than makes up for it. Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-23 10:52]

Merry Christmas to you and to those whom you cherish, Callie, and thanks for sharing your beautifull pictures. I really believe that it is worth to make it to be in contact with our increasingly small world.
I am at Granby with my father. We have a great time together preparing the banquet to come for Christmas.
Take care my young friend.

Hi Callie

It is now 1131 a.m 1st January 2006 here in New Zealand. I just popped in to say.... HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope you have a safe and prosperous 2006. Look forward to some more brilliant work from you.

  • Great 
  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-01-11 10:11]

Hi Callie,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition. The way they are standing, there's a croc near by.


Abeautiful photograph.It seems to be the red is little exagerated.

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