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my wife's portrait 2

my wife's portrait 2
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: olympus c 740 U
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vultures, my best 25 photos, Animal Portraits II, Funny Faces [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-07 10:17
Viewed: 6126
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 69
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Size: The King Vulture measures 32 inches, with a wingspan of 4 to 5 feet. This is the largest of the new world vultures, excluding the condors.


Diet/Feeding: The King Vulture finds its food with its incredibly keen sight and well-developed sense of smell. It also relies on other gatherings of vultures to alert it as to the presence of food. Though it appears to dominate over a feeding site, this vulture actually relies on other stronger-beaked carrion-eaters to initially rip open the hide of a carcass. Often the first at a carcass-site anyhow, this vulture will eat the eyes of the animal while waiting for the other vultures. Eyes are both highly nutritious and easy to reach before the animal's hide is opened.

Flight: The King vulture spends hours in flight, soaring without flapping it wings for long periods of times. It searches for carcasses while riding thermals, much higher in the air than other species of vulture, which prefer to soar close to the treetops.

Range/Habitat: King Vultures are found ranging from southern Mexico to southern Argentina. These birds prefer densely forested tropical lowland habitat, up to 4000 feet.

Behavior: This vulture is usually the dominant bird at a carcass.

Life Cycle: King vulture chicks are black when they hatch, and retain this plumage for almost three years before they are completely covered with their pure white adult feathers, though they leave their nest area at about one year of age.

Breeding: King Vultures nest on the ground, in treestumps, hollow logs, or other natural cavities. Their nest consists of very little material; usually just scratched out of the existing substrate. Males and females appear identical in coloration and size. The King Vulture usually lays a solitary egg. Both parents share the responsibilities of incubation.
Status: The habitat of the king vulture is decreasing rapidly, and the vulture has become imperiled due to increases in development all over its natural range.

Folklore, Misc. Information: The Mayans of Central America used the King Vulture as their hieroglyph for Cib, the thirteenth day of the month, often accompanied by a rain sign.

A King Vulture in many languages:
Latin: Sarcorhamphus papa, literally "bishop's fleshy beak"
Belize: King jan kro
Dutch: Koninsgier
Spanish: Gallinazo rey
Surinamese: Ganman tingifowru

this fantastic note I found

This was a little joke. This photo is taken by my wife. She could do with the olympus c 740, what I could not do with my finepix 7000 and that was just go trough the bars in the cage. And the result yes you may say it, but I like her shot.
gr. Jaap

dew77, jmaddocks, TAZ, red45, radz, wishnugaruda, Cliffy, wallhalla15, scottevers7, coasties, Luc, marjan, loot, h_sedghi has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-07 10:41]

Hello Jaap!
Very nice capture.Colors,POV,DOF,sharpness,expression on face and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-07 11:14]

Hi Jaap,

Your wife does a great makeup job, does it hurt when you kiss her? LOL
She's a beauty, excellent portrait and well done on the composition and details.


Hi Jaap:

Your wife is an awesome photographer! The detail, sharpness and colour are outstanding. This is a shot to be proud of!

I love it!

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  • kefirm (35)
  • [2005-10-07 12:07]

i love this title, it made me laugh ;-)

Hi Jaaps wife, this is a great portrait.
I like the POV and the pose.
Well composed and good POV. The details are also good.
Very well done.

I think you deserve a own account on TN

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-07 12:27]

Jaap, this is a very funny capture.

Excellent portrait of this vulture.

Great pov, sharpness and composition.

I added your picture to a theme of mine.

  • Great 
  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-07 12:56]

Hi Jaap
Very nice shot
excellend details and colores
very good name :o)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-07 13:18]

Wow ! The portrait of this Vulture is great and funny. When I see its face I laugh ;-) Thanks Jaap for sharing with us.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-07 13:56]

Hahaha, Jaap :-) This bird looks really silly and funny! Excellent portrait with very high quality! Congratulations for your wife!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-07 14:05]

What a pose!!!Fantastic eye contact!.Details are very nice.TFS!!!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-10-07 14:06]

Goedenavond Jaap,
Dit zijn macro's van het hoogste niveau, scherp, en de kleuren zijn zo echt, als men eerst kijkt zou men schrik krijgen of hij/zij komt de kamer binnen!
Mijn complimenten hier voor Jaap.
Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

Hi Jaap,
thanks for another shot of this wonderful and funny bird. The POV is excellent, this bird is looking streight into my eyes so I can have contact to "her". This is so beautiful, thank you for this emotions. I hope your wife makes you dinner today - I only think of the headline! :-)
Have a nice evening and greeting
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-07 15:16]

Hi Jaap,
great portrait who taken Your wife (title - funny). Beautiful colours and sharpness. Good note, also. Well done.
Rgs -to You and wife - Aleksander

how dare you say that!!? ;-)
excellent shot! TFS!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-07 16:55]

Hi Jaap,

Great capture! Details are sharp and colors are good. Your wife took a very decent picture. When I was in avifauna I tried to capture this bird too, but I didn't succeed. TFS!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-08 2:52]

Very funny portrait, Jaa[.
Details are very sharp, and everything else is excellent too.
I like the POV and the look in his eyes. : 0
Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Jaap,
This portrait is really...surprising !
I like it very much.
Thanks for the note.

  • Good 
  • Cliffy (0)
  • [2005-10-08 5:23]

When God handed out looks this poor bird was definateley not at the front of the queue,however it is nice and sgarp and the head on pose works well.I would though have cropped tighter opn the right to make tyhe image more symmetrical.

Congrats Jaap, your wife is beautiful. ;-) Very interesting portrait shot. Great sharpness, details and clarity, great POV too! Thanks for sharing. Give her a kiss! ;-)

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-08 21:01]

My wife's portrait ouch !!! your wife took a great photo Jaap, very well composed i like the vivid colours & clear detail, very well done madame!

Best regards,

Hi Jaap,
This is a really great shot. The photo really jumps off the screen at you with that composition. The colors and sharp detail are amazing. A face only a mother could love!

Hi Jaap

You wife has done a super job. Nice crisp, clear sharp details. Good colours. Ugly bird! TFS.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2005-10-11 10:53]

Hi Jaap,
Excellent wife's portrait. Nice composition and framing. Excellent exposure on the whites, and overall very sharp detail. Nice foto!

Great shot, very expresive face.
Very Well done.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-10-13 11:33]

very good composition
and pretty looks :)

What a super portrait.. excellent compo, coloring and details are just perfect.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-06 3:32]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Jaap.

Hi Jaap,

Your wife is so beautiful... ;-)
Great shot, great portrait of this volture. Details are sharp and colors are good.

...but i think that you must change your wife, or not.



Hi Jaap,
What a lovely face, LOL
Excellent sharpness and very good colour,
great POV and DOF.
Well done and TFS!

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-02-07 14:33]

Hi Jaap, are you shure this is your´s wife portraet ? Does she know for this photo ;-))
Picture is vbery good, bright and cleare. Good POV and nice moment of hipnotic look.
Yes, this is ood shot.

Nice shot Jaap. I'm sure your wife loves your sense of humor. Good job.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-03 17:36]
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Hi Jaap
Sorry to be the one to tell you but I fell in love with your wife, er... uhm... no, I mean, sorry no, its this other bird.
Brilliant details and colours you've revealed of this vulture. The composition, POV and cropping is excellently done.
Great work and TFS.

Your wife is very beautiful in her own special way, nice shot. Janice

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-02 14:56]

Great photo, great joke!


Bold in-your-face portrait. Sharp and detailed. I am glad your explained the title in your note. I appreciated your sense of humour. Keep it up, jaap!

Hi Japp
I have heard of a man being Hen Pecked But this one takes the bun How do you get your lips round that I think that would make a better photo ?? You got me thinking what the kids look like Or will look like Still its a nice sharp mugshot Great work Ha ha

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