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Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 8:54
Viewed: 2649
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Uncropped image of an adult male Pallid Harrier, a winter visitor from Eurasia
Would be easy to crop out the bird to have an almost full frame but in this picture I love the bg: grass savannah, the winter habitat of this species, in breeding season it lives in steppe habitat, so open country all over the year.

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Hello Tom,
Excellent photo of this flying Circus male, very nice colorful details, TFS!

Hi Tom,
Well composed shot,good focus and exposure,nice colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-27 10:17]

Hello Tom.
Nice inflight capture.Very good detail, colours and very sharp. Superb POV and composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-27 10:56]

Hello Tom,
Nice photo of this Pallid Harrier in good sharpness and a great composition. Beautiful colours in spite of the harsh light.

Hi Tom,
Technically a great image with optimal fast shutter speed, sharpness is excellent, but for me the composition doesn't work too well, I mean the blurred, empty space is too much to my taste while the bird's too small compared to the frame, a tighter crop imho might work better.
Tfs, friendly regards, László

A brave attempt Tom ...a controversial capture as seems, but I personally love the space around the bird, and .....what a spectacular depth this lens of yours creates , smooth as a baby b...! Love it! The only thing which deserve attention in my opinion is the overall brightness, which is in abundance ;) Have a look the highlights in the original ...they are gone ...like a wind !
George Veltchev

Hello Tom,
The Pallid Harrier is a beautiful streamlined bird of prey, which I'm sure was not easily captured in full flight, as you have so wonderfully done so. I also like the wide crop as it gives the appearance of a natural hunting scene.
I do agree with George though as far as overall brightness. The attractive colors and detail of it's plumage seem to be lost somewhat by the harsh light. I did my own try in the WS to see what I could come up with. Hope you don't mind.

Hello Tom

Excellent shot of this bird of prey hovering and
scanning for a prey, fine POV and framing,
very beautiful soft light, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Tom,

Pallid Harrier with placid BG, quite likable. A bit excess light on the bird - though I may be wrong.

Regards from orient,


Hello Tom.
Impressive capture with the silenced field and sky in the background. Love the flying action in fine focus and balanced framing.
Quality shot and thanks for sharing.
p/s: Thanks for the useful info and comment on my upload :-). Really interesting fact and appreciated!

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