- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2007-11-14 11:34]
Well composed image. Colours are natural. Good BG.
Now, I know what a hood is:-), it is no hat as I thought. Well not really...
- lise (2877)
- [2007-11-14 11:42]
I have to admit that this is a really ugly bird! But your picture is amazing , the sharpness and details are great, wonderful colors.
- earthtraveler (3483)
- [2007-11-14 11:58]
Great pose/pov of this Vulture.
Fine composition and color.
DOF is a bit shallow for my tastes.
- Patleboss (5950)
- [2007-11-14 12:00]
Hello Horia, wonderful shot very well composed
Perfect focus, great pose, lovely colors and background, excellent point of view
- joey (24909)
- [2007-11-14 12:04]
this is a striking image of this Hooded Vulture
I remember holding one of these at a Garden Centre once when a bird-of-prey show was running. I think I've still got the polaroid shot of me and the bird :)
+++ A great DOF... it looks like the beak-tip is stuck to your lens!
Superbly composed and a great POV.
Nice colours and lighting.
Once again a perfect capture from you :D
--- Nothing what-so-ever...
Great work mate.
I follow for your pictures, taken with Sigma 70-300 with great interest. Using of this lens is too difficult thing than use of Sigma 17-70. First of all about DOF. It is really a bit shallow. But principal key is that DOF is too shallow always at close distance (it is a feature of all tele lenses). The shorter distance the shallower DOF. You must reduce aperture value when you shoot from close distance (or increase the shooting distance when light conditions are bad and then use crop). I think the focus is not exact too because of only the tip of a beak is extremely sharp. You can see I use f/7.1 or f/8 for sparrow shooting. Head of vulture is large I suppose.
Now about other features of the shot. It is amazing. I like the pose, turn of the head and glance of the bird a lot. The level of the blurriness of the feathers and BG are superb as well as the colours of the picture and its composition. All in all I love this shot and your desire to photograph despite the weather and light conditions. My compliments and TFS.
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2007-11-14 12:21]
Your notes are always so very complete. The photo information I am finding is a help to me. A good portrait for a casted villain in the cinema world as well as literature..Always a symbolic bird.
- fiyo (15161)
- [2007-11-14 12:55]
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.
- nglen (36145)
- [2007-11-14 12:59]
Hello . very short of time just got home from work so just saying a great picture well done TFS.
An excellent profile portrait mf. The POV, comp, color, exposure, and BG couldn't be better.
I did a quick WS, selecting the area around the eye up to the beak joint and applied some sharpening. Since the eye is the focal point of your comp, I thought it might improve the post.
- JoseMiguel (5658)
- [2007-11-14 18:59]
I love this kind of close ups!
You caught a lot of details on his incredidible textured skin.
The curved beak its so particular and contributes to balance the composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
- pankajbajpai (16627)
- [2007-11-14 19:07]
excellent shot, the limited focus on the head suits the picture,i liked the dof here, the image is sharp with good details, lovely colours,
tfs & regards
When were you in Portland? I live just south of there. We are not very impressed with the Portland zoo but you managed to get a super angle on this vulture. I love the tilt of the head. It makes a dynamic composition. I wish the eye were just a little bit sharper but then the tip of the beak probably would have been OOF.
Evelynn : )
- Mana (18598)
- [2007-11-15 0:48]
Excellent portrait shot of this hooded vulture. Superb colours and details and I like the expressive eyes and the interesting curved bill. The BG looks nice. Great POV and composition. Kudos.
- jesst (2441)
- [2007-11-15 1:48]
Nice picture with very good DOF, nice background, interesting POV. Well done!
- PaulH (13882)
- [2007-11-15 1:54]
good god look at that beak! Nature's design with a specific purpose in it's purest form! Your timing here is what makes this a great shot in my opinion. The pose of the Vulture's head lets us see as much detail as possible and the pinkish colour of his skin is great. Very well composed too, good work.
- haraprasan (20403)
- [2007-11-15 2:22]
A beautiful portrait of hooded vulture. Nicely captured with excellent details and composition. 5 years back we had plenty of common vultures here in our city but now surprisingly not a single one is visible here. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- undoredo (2740)
- [2007-11-15 4:23]
You must be very busy these days.
This is very nice portrait shot of this Hooded Vulture, with excellent details and very nice composition.
Also, lovely natural colours and nice focusing here, well presented with nice exposure!
TFS and best wishes,
- nainnain (6259)
- [2007-11-15 6:15]
tres blle macro de ce dindon, belles couleurs tres nettes, bon pov et bg net aussi
bravo et merci a toi
- fartash (5161)
- [2007-11-15 7:47]
Wonderful portrait of this Hooded Vulture,
Perfect details,DOF and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV, Superb shot.
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2007-11-15 10:34]
Fantastic portrait of this Vulture. Very sharp focus and details on the head. Amazing pose and beautiful colours.
- Adanac (21378)
- [2007-11-15 18:41]
Wonderful details in this superb close up portrait of this vulture. His eye, ear and that formitable beak are amazing, thanks for sharing.
- EOSF1 (23955)
- [2007-11-15 18:44]
Hello Horia what a strange bird ! So much details and sharpness. Great exposure and good colors ! Well done, we can almost see you in its eye ! Thanks !
- ellis49 (2254)
- [2007-11-16 2:59]
a well composed picture with good pose and POV.
Pretty good sharpness and fine details but maybe the DOF is
a bit shallow. Lovely light and fine lighting.
Well done. my friend.
- marmottelolo (14697)
- [2007-11-16 8:41]
je trouve ce portrait particulierement beau bien que l'oiseau ne soit pas le modele ideal en therme d'esthetique,il aurait peut etre fallut un petit peu plus de DOF mais a voir la vitesse utilisé je me dis que ce n'etait surement pas possible.je viens de voir le WS de howard et c'est incroyable,il arrive encore a perfectionner!!!
bravo et bon week end.
Excellent sideview shot, did some workshop for you just to show the detail on the eye hope you dont mind...
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2007-11-17 2:46]
Hi Horia, great portrait of volture with splendid colors, excellent details and good sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio
- arfer (0)
- [2007-11-18 16:08]
A wonderful shot of this vulture,I hope you enjoyed your stay in North America this summer.You Haven't gone all Hollywood on us eh? Ever get to Canada? We are the big frozen country to the north .LOL.
Excellent POV ,the portrait is very beautiful,even though the bird is not very beautiful.That is the trick!
Well focused with very good DOF.
The eye contact is super with god catch light.
Exceptional plumage colour and detail.
Nicely cropped and composed.
- Maite (5199)
- [2007-11-19 6:55]
What a magnificent sharp portrait of this curious vulture! I like very much the pose you captured showing the hooked beak and the red throat. I love the excellent details, framing, POV, DOF and marvellous composition.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
- pablominto (14563)
- [2007-11-19 23:03]
This is a fine portrait of your feathered friend!
Excellent details and good colours, the expression captured is just what I'd expect from a fellow like this...
An effective composition to show this bird!
- valy67 (9219)
- [2007-11-26 10:26]
Hello Horai !
This is not exactly a beautiful bird, but you managed to get a wonderful picture ! Nice details, natural colors, excellent composition and POV, but what I like most is the pose and the expression of the bird - ha has not this sharp look that is so typical to most birds of prey. He rather looks curious. I also like the blurred BG, which makes the bird stand out so nicely. Very well done !
- hester (11638)
- [2007-12-07 12:19]
You have actually made him look cute. I love the pose and the big dark eye with the catchlight. Great light, perfect DOF and I love the framing