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Fisher King

Fisher King
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Copyright: Alptekin Kutlu (alois) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2H, Nikkor 500 mm f:4.0 D, Digital - Raw/Tiff
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers, The best photo on TN?, 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-08 4:53
Viewed: 8155
Favorites: 13 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingfisher of Samsun/Turkey. It was one of the rare moments in my wild life photography, where I remembered famous motto : If your mind is not clouded by unneccessary things, this is the happiest season of your life ! Thanks to my friend, Cavit Bilen, who told me to wait there and look at the small tree for Kingfisher. Then I knew, that he came because I wanted him to come there.

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Beautiful catch, Alptekin! (for the kingfisher as well :-). I like how it comes in the frame, the branch shape and the delicate leaves. You even get a little motion blur on the fish tail. A great nature photo. It would just be better (more punch, less sharpening artefacts on the head edge) with a larger definition. 48Kb is low for such a gem. Thanks for posting.

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  • kazan Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 36] (158)
  • [2005-04-08 5:18]

WOW Alptekin!!! GREAT photo, roght on-time and on-spot!
DoF and PoV simply a masterpiece, thanks for sharing with us!
I agree with Jean Michel aka omnis with the technicalities...

WOW! I can't imagine a more perfect composition of a kingfisher! Bird, fish and branch in perfect focus, backgrount beautifully blurred. Fish movement still showing despite the fast shutter speed. Fantastic!

Excellent capture - no, in fact, outstanding ;-))
Almost any photo of a kingfisher is great just for catching one of these elusive critters, but this one has much more:
Good sharpness and light, good POV, nicely oof bg. And the fish is still struggling, so the catch was made just recently. Congratulations!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-08 6:35]

This is the kind of picture that makes me jealous (in a healthy kind of way). Excellent composition, razorsharp details, superb colors and a fantatastic bonus in the form of a fish. Amazing. TFS!

selam Alptekin,
hah şöyle işte TR'den güzellerle bizimlesin.
büyük versiyonu ile daha iyi gider gerçekten. bunu ne kadar büyütsen azdır.
kafasında gerçekten USM'nin etkisinin hissedilmesi biraz rahatsız edici.
eline, gözüne sağlık.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-08 7:57]

Great capture Alptekin, but not only the capture but the composition, sharpness and exposure are excellent. Magnificent DoF.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.

This one is one of my favourites, nice to see this in TN too. Congratulations Alptekin. TFS

Alptekin Bey;

Senin yalıçapkınından kurtuluş yok ne yana baksak her yerde görüyor ve kıskanıyorum.Mükemmel bir poz tekrar takrar tebrikler..

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-08 12:39]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce magnifique oiseau avec sa proie dans le bec. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ maitrisée..
Very well done !

Excellent shot
Nothing to say more.

Great picture Alptekin.
Very good POV, composition, light and colours.
Very well done.

Fantastique image !!! le léger flou sur la queue du poisson donne le mouvement ! Bonne composition et superbe fond flou !

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-04-08 16:28]

Excellent action shot Alptekin. You captured it at just the right moment. Well done. Regards.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-08 18:27]

A superb capture.
Excellent detail and composition with great DOF.
Very well done.

Great capture. Very nice pose, colours and POV.
Well done.

Fantastic image

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-09 9:46]

Technicznie i kompozycyjnie REWELACJA.

The one in a thousand photo ! Could make a covershot for a magazine one day !

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-09 18:15]

This is a fantastic capture. Great composition with the leaves on the branch. Nice background which sets off the Kingfisher perfectly. Excellent work.

exellent, nothing to say ...juste perfect ;)

Really wonderful photo, Alptekin. I cannot imagine a better one. Great composition, detail, lighting, color, and BG! I also enjoyed your note and will remember the saying. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Great image, very clear, sharp, good moment with the fish in the mouth. good compo to with the branch.


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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-04-19 3:10]

This is an amazing shot.. ! I am impressed! Never seen such a good photo of a Kingfisher.. WELL DONE!


Stunning capture Alptekin,
Wonderful crisp, sharp details. Excellent colours, composition and BG.
A great post, Thnks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-21 3:36]

Selamlar Alptekin Bey,
Bu fotografınızı daha önce,yanılmıyorsam fotokritikte görmüş,çok beğenmiş,keşke TN de de sergilense diye düşünmüştüm.Bu şimdiye kadar gördüğüm en güzel yalıçapkını fotografı.Bu sitede buna benzer,kuşun ağzında balık olan birkaç fotograf gönderildi ancak bana göre bu fotografdaki en önemli fark kuşun ağzındaki balığın canlı duruşu.Mükemmel kompozisyon,tebrikler.Elinize sağlık!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-26 13:42]

Hi Alptekin
THis rock, it is just beautiful and one on my wishlist for years!Thanks for sharing this little jewel and his meal, a stunning picture!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-05-10 2:53]

Awesome shot!!Kingfisher with fish!!! Excellent!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-13 12:37]

One of the best kingfishers on the site.
Ilike the creative composition.
My compliments.


This is a stunning picture, Alptekin! Well done! The only thing that would make this picture better is if it was mine.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-23 10:21]

Great picture.


Hello Alptekin
Beautiful light on the subject, composition of the bird on the branch and the arc of the fish in its mouth all make for one of the finest photos on the web site.

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2005-11-21 2:08]

Very nice shot my friend , well done.

The orange breast against the green backgrond enhance the shot. You have got a great depth of field. Was the fish alive? Looks like its tail fin was still in motion. Great Composition.

It's beautiful,so many details,fish still in the mouth!

hi alptekin just as a word perfect.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-02-09 22:05]

Hi, Alptekin,
Great shot!! wonderful timing, and good dof. liked the way the bird stans out against the background.good work.
regards, Smitha.

Lovely photo with great timing. Patience pays. Well done!

Wonderful job!
You are a very lucky man.

Great take and great catch. Like the color composition and BG too.
Best regards,

Excellent shot.

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