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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-18 6:24
Viewed: 3883
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today's post is from El Fondo nature reserve located in Alicante area. This shot was photographed from something between tower/hide. It was really beautiful view early in the morning with many different kind of birds on this lake. Light was so good and magical making pleasant atmosphere.

I found out that 400mm was not good enough to get close to the object and fill the frame. So I had to use 2X extender to get closer. I made few shots and it was better but still not enough. I made combination 400mm + 2x + 1.4x and get closer enough to make this and few more shot without to be discovered from this beautiful birds...

Technical info about this shot for Canon user only:
If you have 1.4 and 2X extender and both are from Canon than you can't use both of them stitched together! To make this combination to work you mast to have one extender from another company. I have Kenko Telekonverter 2x PRO300 which I used in combination with Canons 1.4x. When you later check information about shot you will found that camera register only Canons extender and not both. So my shot info for this shot is only 560mm but this is not the true...

Captured with 1D Mark III @ 1120mm (and I didn't count 1D series 1.3X factor) and manual camera settings ISO-1000. Distance was about 60m and maybe more...

Flamingos or flamingoes are gregarious wading birds in the genus Phoenicopterus and family Phoenicopteridae. They are found in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, but are more numerous in the former. There are four species in the Americas while two exist in the Old World. Two species, the Andean and the James's Flamingo, are often placed in the genus Phoenicoparrus instead of Phoenicopterus...

more info @ wiki

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Hi Ralf,
One of the best flamingo photo I ever seen. The warm light amazing. Sahrpness, BG and stable water great. Low POV very good. TFS,

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-18 6:44]

Hello Ralf,

Lovely shot of pink Flamingo.
Very pleasing morning side lighting that shine the anterior part of bird's long neck and body, giving the 3D effect.
The water is very calm. I like one piece of white feather floating there, giving a sense of stillness.
The ripple at the bird's reflexion and the shadow at the legs (plus the legs position) give a sense of movement.
So, it stillness in motion!.
Very nice,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-18 6:58]

Hej Ralf,
Superb capture of this Flamingo in a lovely pose. The light is beautiful and so are the colours and the reflection in the water. Excellent sharpness too. Brilliant composition!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Hi Ralf
Wonderful capture
Superb composition
Lovely light and color
Fine detail and sharpness
tfs jon

beautiful composition. A greats colors!
very nice photo. TFS. Carme.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-18 8:24]

Hi Ralf,

A beautiful picture of this graceful Flamingo. The simplicity of this makes it unusual. Beautiful colors - fine details - and a wonderful composition.


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-01-18 8:32]

Hi Ralf,

I agree with my neighbour down under. This is a great shot! I like the simplicity of the capture. Every detail is just right. The pose of the bird, the reflection in the water and last but not least the feather floating on the surface. Superb capture.


hi ralf
a very good picture
lights focus and composition

aleks ;-)

Hello Ralf
this is superb given the distance from you..the colours are great as is the light..your framing is lovely with the reflection dithering through the ripples in the water.
Best Regards

Such a nice pose. I like the rippled reflection. I almost did't notice the feather in the water. That is the strength of your subject.

Hi Ralf, beautiful flamingo with splendid light and wonderful reflections, good focus and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-18 12:15]

Hello Ralf,
Yes, this is magical light. The pose and reflection are amazing. The feather in the calm water is a great bonus. Perfect composition. High class!
Good weekend,

hello Ralf

beautiful photo with the sun's light coming at that wonderful bird,
excellent luminosity on all the image, i love the softness of the colours,
excellent POV and the way you framed the subject and his
reflection on the image, TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-18 19:03]

Hi Ralf,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

Hello Ralf,
Good image. Superb compo. Nice natural light.
Well done

Hi Ralf,
Beautiful picture,nice composition.
Best regards,

Hello Ralf,
nice to see another great capture from you. You present it with great composition, frame, POV and focus. Lighting and colors very nice. Flamingo must be thinking or observe sky. Your timing also very nice. feather on water gives a richness to composition. shortly great work. thanks for sharing. best wishes

Hola Ralf,
Preciosa imagen de gran belleza y composición artística, gran definición, bonito color, con excelente luz. TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-01-23 6:09]

Hi Ralf,
One of the best flamingo photo I ever seen.

Hi Ralf,

I love this photo so much, because of the clarity and the beautiful light.
But I am amazed that you could come so close there.....I tried to do this also, but cannot find a right place to shoot. And most of the time the birds are on the other side of the lake, ha,ha...
Greetz, Annieta

Très belle lumière et beau cadrage.

Very beautiful light and beautiful framing.

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