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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 1:58
Viewed: 3553
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Maori People and Shags

Maori considered the shag to be the offspring of one of their gods.

Shags were noted for their straight, unswerving flight and there are many sayings referring to this. They were not an important food supply but were occasionally eaten.

Shaggeries in trees or on cliffs were visited to take the young before they could fly. These shaggeries were known by special names and were often given as evidence of occupation in the Land Court.

In Māori sayings, someone obviously poised /ready to leave, is compared to a shag (kawau) ready for flight: ‘Ka maro te kaki o te kawau’ (the shag’s neck is stretched out).

People on a determined course of action are ‘me kawau ka tuku ki roto i te aro maunga’ (like a shag making for a mountain face).

Shags also symbolise tenacity / stubbornness: ‘E kore te kawau e neke i tona tumu tu’ (the shag will not move from his stump).

The dejected air of a sitting shag gave rise to the Kiwi phrase, ‘as miserable as a shag on a rock’.

Elsewhere in the world, Shags are known as Cormorants.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-25 2:02]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful portrait.POV,details,catchlight in eyes,sharpness,proud expression on face,framing and composition are excellent.TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-25 3:34]

Hello Janice,
Unusual frontal POV in this close-up of a Shag.
The eyes, the beak and the wrinkly bare skin around the face make it look like an old crony, which must have contributed to the Kiwi phrase.
Nice sharpness against an OOF natural BG.
TFS this interesting portrait,

excellent portrait with terrific eye-contact, janice! :-). the details of the face are amazing -
the yellow wrinkly skin, the beak, the pretty eyes - perfectly captured against a great blurry background. wonderful job & best wishes, thor.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-25 10:10]

Hello Janice,
very nice capture with a superb composition :)TFS

Hello Janice
This is amazing portre and amazing model.Shoot perfect.Nice colors and detail.
Well done

Hallo Janice
What a delightful and colourful image. I think all the details are just stunning and so clearly visible. This is indeed a WOW photo. A gorgeous bird which you presented in a very special portrait. The more I look at it, the more glamourous it becomes. Fantastic portrayal with excellent detail, perfect colours and depth of field. Excellent framing and superb focus.Thanks for sharing. I appreciated this one very much.
Kind regards
ps. In the next day or so I'll post my first Kruger vacation image.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-26 12:56]

Hi Janice
Very nice portrait.Excellent eye contact.Nice colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Janice,
The eyes and the bill are sharp; a good depth of field.
Well composed image with excellent colours and a nicely done blurred background.
Well done

Hi Janice
You've captured a great portrait of this Shag. The front view of his face, beak and eyes is really great. He has such a great expression on his face. He's a very unique looking bird. Good notes.
TFS Janice

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-28 18:51]
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Hi Janice

I am sure this bird will need a chiropractor after this shoot. Maybe you should learn to stand in front of your subjects so they don't have to pull a neck muscle in order to look you in the eye (chuckle). Shucks, but what a face.

A neat capture with lovely details, good colours, well proportioned composition and an excellent BG which is well OOF and makes the bird stand out just super in the shot.

Well done MF and TFS.
Kia Ora

PS1. I'm a bit pushed for time so please pardon me for this short critique. I'll be off the site for a week or so as I must go to hospital (Wednesday) to have an "incisional hernia" repaired on my abdominal wall. See you around later my friend.

PS2. So what say you about the Sharkies winning the Curry Cup?

Very nice POV and nice composition. Very nice DOF. TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-17 22:52]

This is hilarious, Janice.
What a great POV.
Very unusual and clever.
In close proximity, that beak looks like it might cause some damage.
I just love the expression on that face.
A very sharp portrait.
TFS. : )

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