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heron portrait

heron portrait
Photo Information
Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 180 Macro Ex H
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Herons, 50-60 points chapter 3, Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-04 4:27
Viewed: 4480
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a portrait of Goliath Heron
Herons are medium to large long-legged, long-necked wading birds of the family Ardeidae, which also includes the egrets and bitterns.
Their flying way is interesting!Although herons resemble other families, such as the storks, ibises and spoonbills, unlike the latter groups, herons fly with their necks retracted, not outstretched
Distribution: Quite common in the north and north-east of South Africa.
Habitat: Lakes, swamps with few cool water, sometimes rivers' delta.
Size: 140 cm.
Food: Fishes, anphibians and little rodents.

Nikon D70
2005/02/19 14:40:11
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 185mm F/3.5 D
Focal Length: 185mm
Digital Vari-Program: Portrait
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/5000 sec - F/3.5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Optimize Image:
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: None
Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

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Halo Sebnem :-)
Great portrait. Just perfect - looks like paited by great paiter! Good job!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-04 4:45]
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Herons are beautiful birds and you show its beauty very well. I like pose, composition and colour of its eye. Great portrait.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-04 5:05]
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What an excellent shot Sebnem of the Heron. Good POV and it is so clear and sharp. Good job!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-04 6:12]

I love herons and this is a great portrait! Really excellent. POV & composition are perfect. Well done! TFS!

Netliği ve tetayları ile arka alan çok güzel.Bakış yönünde bir parça daha boşluk olmasını tercih ederdim.Elinize sağlık.Başarılar..

Beautiful. very sharp...
I like the colours and the blury background

Hi Sebnem,
I think this is a very good portrait of a heron.
From a technical point of view, it is possibly cropped just a little too closely,especially in front of the beak. As a general rule,leave a little more space in front than behind the subject...so I'm often told.
It might be a little more effective slightly higher up in the frame, or cropped a little on top.
Its still a very good photo. Good work.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-03-04 8:17]

Good portrait shot,very fine texture,sharp really.Thanks for sharing such a nice shot.!

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-03-04 9:44]

Beau protrait! Rien que pour cadrer la tête de ce héron, il faut un format panoramique. Bravo!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-04 11:26]

Sebnem, a nice mug shot we have here. Great pov and composition. The bird is beautiful, and I like the bg too.

Nice shot, but I can see traces of PP on the BG. What did you do?

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-04 12:25]

Wuaaaaao! superbe image, très joli portrait.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-03-04 12:35]

Very nice capture. Great colors and details. Very clearly image. Really great Job. Congratulation.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-04 19:48]
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This is a goergeous portrait Sebnem, the details and colours are excellent and the sharpness is great. Is the BG natural? As there are a couple of areas that look like some cloning has been carried out?

Very good work.

Sebnem, Very good portrait with great sharpness & detail..Well done!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-03-05 13:44]

Wel, Well can you believe it? I just posted one myself! Hi Sebnem
This is a nice mug shot of this heron, nice eye colour, good details, no nits this looks like a sub-adult - not the colours. TFS

Hi Sebnem

Very nice capture. Great colors and details
Its a very good portrait of a heron.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-07 10:43]

You sure got right in there. Excelent work.
A beautiful capture with spot on details.
Just abit tight on right and left.
Well done.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-08 2:29]

I like those close-up, Sebnem. And this one is simply great.

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  • asfur Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 33] (569)
  • [2005-03-11 13:55]

detaylar hoş görünüyor, netlik güzel. Doğal ortamlarda çalışma şansınız varmı acaba?

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-16 18:35]

This is a beautifull photo Sebnem , i like your composition, nice colours & sharpness, great dof and point of view,


My regards,

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-03-23 20:56]

Excellent!! What a good portrait!
So many details... Two thumbs up!!!

Wow!!! What can I say..... Simply awesome!!!

  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-13 11:29]

Magnifique portrait de héron Sebnem, trés belles couleurs et bon piqué. Didier.

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  • Didi Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 9 N: 9] (47)
  • [2005-06-17 2:55]
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Salam Sebnem
C'est une chance d'avoir pu photographier ce héron d'aussi près.
J'apprécie beaucoup la netteté et la bonne saturation des couleurs.

Salam Sebnem
It is a chance to have been able to photograph this heron from a close distance. I appreciate much the clearness and the good saturation of the colors.

hello:) I love how u make portraits:) great job:) DOF and POV are exellent:) and how they smile:)



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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-24 17:18]

Great portrait, Sebnem! Simple composition but with an intriguing pose :-)
Best greetings,

Him Sebnem,
What a "nose"!. In my work we name a partner garza (heron) for her "bill".
Excellent detais and colours.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-19 11:22]

Very good picture, strong composition, A1 sharpness, good colors. Thanks,


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-05 15:18]

Hi Sebnem,
Very sharp image!
Good lighting, excellent details and great colours.
Thanks for sharing!

Bonjour Sebnem
Une excellente photo en en portrait avec dce beau héron,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

Hi Sebnem,
Lovely! Very penetrating stare...
It is a very good portrait, doing your feathered friend all possible justice!
Well framed, fine colours and great details... that eye is awesome!
Pablo -

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-14 13:20]

Hello Sebnem,
beautiful pictrure of this heron. You got nice and close to really get a nice look at the facial details. POV, sharpness and colors are great. Very well done.

Hi friend:)
Very nice close up! Sharply focused and crisp clear image! Composition, pov, dof, exposure are great!
Take care Ana:)

Love your notes.
That "eye" is looking at me so intensively.!!!
So well focused.
Great POV & DOF.
Excellent clarity.
Best regards,

Hello Sebnem,
Very fine portrait of Goliath Heron. All fine detail and texture are clearly presented. Pleasant picture to appreciate. Congratulations,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-24 11:31]

Hi Sebnem
Great portrait shot. Great sharpnes, details, colours, BG, DOF and POV. Also good note and light.
Well done my friend


Hi Sebnem, amazing portrait of this heron, wonderful photo, great colors and splendid detail of the eye, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-14 8:25]

Hi Sebnem.
How did you manage to contain such to a bird in a frame?
Excellent reproduction of all details of the bird and great composition. But I don’t know which shot (original or WS) is better. However, perfect done and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-20 7:53]

merhaba sebnem
bu sevimli ve canli bakislari olan balikcila iyi portre cekimi yapmissin
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, arka plan, isik, renkler, netlik, detaylar ve bilgi notu super olmus
eline saglik

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