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"I Feel Pretty..."

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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-02 9:34
Viewed: 3081
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I continue with our spring tour of wildlife refuges. This refuge is in central Oregon. I liked the attitude displayed by this bird's stride and the way its head is positioned at the break in the reeds despite its being rather centered. It was the closest we have been able to get to these large birds. It isn't the greatest quality, and I have since sold that lens; but I still like the shot.


Sandhill cranes stand between three and four feet tall, weigh five to eight pounds, and have a wing span of six feet.
Both sexes of adult cranes look alike. The reddish-brown color that some exhibit is the result of preening with beaks covered with iron-rich mud that stain their feathers.
Cranes mate for life and often pair when they are three to six years old. Cranes do not compete for the same mate and sometimes have a lengthy courtship. Cranes eyes do not meet during courtship.
A young sandhill crane is called a colt. It grows at a rate of approximately an inch a day, reaching full size in nine weeks. They are orange-brown in color for most of their first year, lack a red crown, and make a whistling call.
Sandhill cranes can live to the age of 25 years in the wild and longer in captivity. One crane at the Washington Zoo lived to be 55 years old!
Cranes utilize an elongated windpipe to produce "Crane Music." Their harmonious "bugling" and "trumpeting" sounds are actually distinctive calls to communicate with each other.
Cranes have much better hearing and sight capabilities than humans.

Cranes are the oldest living bird species and have the longest successful tenure on earth, about sixty million years. They are truly "emissaries from a distant age."
Sandhill cranes probably get their name from the sandhills of Florida where they were first described by John James Audubon.
Cranes are considered the most accomplished dancers in the animal kingdom


Explain to me please:
This is the first time out of 288 posts to TN that the Exif Data list has appeared on the upload page. What did I do differently? : P

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Hello Evelynn

"Oh so pretty".I guess Oregon has a west side story to tell.A lovely shot of this Sandhill crane.I like how it is strutting through the wonderful natural setting.The colours are very beautiful.Very good POV ,and well composed in the frame.Very good sharp details.TFS


I love cranes...
Nice shot well composed and good pose of the bird.

About your question:
probably this time you used 'save as' when finished with Photoshop but normally you used 'save for the web'. In that case you loose the exif data.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-02 10:08]

Hi Evelynn,
Many many Sandhill's winter in Galveston...Occasionally you will see a Whooping Crane mixed in but it is a rare pleasure...Great capture and position...Well defined bird really looks fantastic against the natural BG...Very well done...


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-02 10:22]

Hi Evelynn
Great capture.Nice composition ,I also like the POV.
TFS Michel

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-02 11:48]

selam evelynn, an excellent shot and very good composition of this crane nice pov and bg with splendid colours.
Well done ! Regards

Cranes mate for life.!!! Why do we, humans, can't learn from the 'animals'???
Hello Evelynn,
Its been awhile.!!!
Loved your notes. Simply put: OUTSTANDING. Highly educative.
The foreground "seems" fuzzy; minor issue.
GREAT image.
Best regards,

Cranes and Herons proliferate this area. It is good that a few as talented as you are able to take time to picture them with an experts eye. The area looks dry as it is, but more in a fall fashion, making me wonder if it might be a harsh winter. It would be the first harsh one in the last 11 years here in the NW. Very timely and seasonal. It fits the time so well...I think I shall prepare and gather nuts with the squirrels!


I think this is your tour of Broadway musicals! But the critters are nice. This baby is nicely placed in the frame, nice and clear, and stands out from the relatively neutral bg. Well done.
P.S. How do you like that big bad lens? I gathered from some previous posts that this one isn't your favorite, but that you like the OS. I'm like the value of my Nikon 70-300 (it was $100!) but sometimes I'd like just a bit more, but I'm hesitating on dropping a grand on an 80-400 with OS (I like the Nikon and Sigma). Does the OS suck your battery dry? Do you get tired of carrying around the weight?

Hi Evelynn,
I love your composition... the earthy colors of the bushes at the background and the blurred grass at the FG are a nice frame for this beautiful and "vain" crane...Of course, the title is really suitable, areally pretty bird!
Oh, I was asking you about the performance of your Sigma 80-400mm, but I just realized Mike's previous comments... I'm in the same situation.. I have a 400D and thinking of buying a telezoom, maybe the Canon 100-400 IS but cost... Regards, Marta

Hi Evelynn,
You caught this lady, I think it is, very ellegantly and at the exact right moment. A second later, and the sticks would have made a strange BG around her head. With this photo I am starting to understand why you sold the lens. It is just missing the razor sharpness. Still the photo is wonderful.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-06 3:15]

That is a great shot of a sandhill crane in the wild, evelynn.
As you said, it is very difficult to approach these birds.
You really caught this one with the right exposure and a great POV.
Wonderful attitude indeed, all the better because of the natural setting.
Congratulations and TFS. ; )

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