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I think I heard a camera being turned on

I think I heard a camera being turned on
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S602Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/480 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: sAner's New Zealand Tour 2004
Theme(s): Penguins (Spheniscidae), Birds Of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-11 4:30
Viewed: 6398
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the same Penguin as I posted HERE.

As you may know from my earlier post this is a Yellow-eyed penguin (or Hoiho as the Maori people call it) and although it has a tag, it was 100% free & living in the wild. I photographed this animal in it's natural surrounding from a trench. Hoiho are an (alomost) endangered species and local parties do everything to protect them. They tag all birds, plant native trees, shrubs and plants so the birds can hide (hoiho walk a long way inland from the beach to nest) and kill predators such as wild cats and possums. In winter, when all penguins are at sea, they dig trenches through the population area and in summer you can walk through these trenches to see the wild birds up close & personal. Fantastic!

The Hoiho in the picture was what they called a "returner", he had been in the ocean all morning, fishing for his just born chicks. He is on it's way to the nest and at this moment he heard the 'bleep-bleep' sound of my camera (I turned it on). He stood still and carefully listened whether he really heard something. My gf and I kept quiet for a few seconds, maybe a minute, and the bird decided everything was safe and marched on. Phew!

Please read my earlier post for general information on Hoiho. These fantastic penguins (65-68 cms tall) are (almost) an endangered species of penguin.

Please feel free to criticize my picture and tell me your honest opinion; you don't have to be kind as I can really handle constructive criticism! :) I really appreciate everything you say (positive or negative) as I am here to learn something!

Ps-I know the white on his chest is overexposed!

Check out my Workshops! There you can see for yourself that the wood in the back is a footbridge to reach the nest. I also added a picture of the shelter which provides a nesting area.

dew77, red45, Janice, LordPotty, carper, hummingbird24, NitzanCK, honza, PDP, pompey, gerhardt, Luc, mbasil has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Jancie: It's not touristy at all in November.sAner 3 03-12 05:57
To pompey: it's not a fence ...sAner 1 03-11 16:00
To LordPotty: hahaha!sAner 1 03-11 06:16
To elizemeijer: YellowsAner 1 03-11 05:57
To red45: It's not a fencesAner 1 03-11 05:28
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-11 4:48]

So,you're lucky to visit NZ and to make a shot of Hoiho (I like Maori names)in the wild...DOF,pose,BG and notes are very good.You'd written about the chest!TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-11 5:18]
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Hi Pieter!
Good picture I like this bird. What I don't like is fence on BG and something on bird's wing.

Hi Pieter, dear little Hoiho. We went to see these little fellows in Dunedin too some years ago. What a trek they had to make back to their nests up the hill. I believe it is quite a touristy place to go now to see them.
I like your shot. Well done.

"Not the pesky photographers again. Is this my best side?? " Very cute. Is his head black or yellowish ?? it is the first time i see one of these.


I love the 'chain mail' or 'mithril' these penguins wear.I can't really criticise your photo...so I'll hassle you about your spelling instead.Did you realise penguin has a g ... not a q ? ;)
Thanks for posting this little beauty Pieter.

Hij is weer erg mooi Pieter,
hele goede foto en die blik die doet het hem, prachtige details in de foto, goede compositie, prachtige kleuren, goede dof, goed werk.

Great photo, Pieter. The informative notes and workshops are very helpful! Thank you for taking the time to teach us these things. TFS

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-03-11 7:34]

Good photo Pieter. Nice composition and sharp detail of the interesting bird.

Haz Pieter!
Very interestig picture you made. Just superb, very good job!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-11 10:33]

Pieter, to me, a funny photo, and that's great.

Nice composition and pov. The bird seems to be a little awkward. :)

Technical quality:***
Wow factor:**

Nice shot, but a bit OE and soft focused.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-11 15:05]

Hi Pieter, nice shot. It's a good pose with him looking over his shoulder at you. Perhaps a little soft in focus and I think would have beenn improved with a cleaner BG. Nevertheless, very nice work. Well done.

Great shot Pieter, pity about the human aspect (wooden fence and tag). The clarity is good though and the note is excellent.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-11 17:35]

Does he want to walk down the red carpet at the Cannes film festival or something ? He is cute.

Very nice shot Pieter.
It's pity about the footbridge, but you have explain it in your note. Good POV , details and colours. Great note and WS.
Very well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-14 18:23]

Very nice this penguin ! i like the pose, good sharpness et nice colours,

Well done Pieter

Another nice Yellow-eye shot. What apity that you could only get the side with the band on the wing. Its a good shot and teh notes are good too.

Nice of you to add the extra photos to shows us the whole scene, Pieter. Its a nice shot and I think all the nits have been pointed out all ready. Well done.

I am curious... did you use some sort of burning or "lighting enhancer" around the eyes or is it it's natural look? I have seen the same in the previous post.

Sorry I have read your reply to Elize's note and you explained it already there... :)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-16 19:19]

A great presentation, Pieter: a complete note + 2 other pictures in the WS.
Thanks a lot.

What strange eyes on this penguin, Pieter! This is a great capture and I'm glad your camera didn't scare him off. It seems a bit overly sharpened though (or maybe he just has really silvery feathers)!

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-01-18 14:25]

Great shot. I'm jealous.

In terms of suggestions, a little shorter DoF might help focus our attention. Of course, it would be hard to go back and reshoot. But I think you can do it with some PP.

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