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White-fronted bee-eater

White-fronted bee-eater
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1, Kruger National Park 1, Vanderschelden's Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-16 2:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Day 2 of my Kruger National Park self drive safari (2/20). We start all over;-). Thus this is Episode II day 2 (2/20).
You can view the chronological order in my traveloque;
This is also a cleaning up round, deleting some images
and rating them so that my workflow in terms of selecting photos for post processing and uploading will be more efficiently.

Photo taken near head camp Skukuza along the Sabie river. Weather was warm. Golden light capture...
Skukuza is situated in the western half of the Park and consists of granite and thus relatively unfertile.
Habitat could be described as mixed broadleaf woodland.

In October birds are engaged in courtship rituals and displays...

Thanks for your time, critiques,...
Wish you a triple A weekend.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
5/10/2007 16:44:50
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

Kathleen, marhowie, ellis49, horia, undoredo, fiyo, Silke, Luis52, Debz, M_Detay, Argus, rcrick, cecilia has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To claudine: You actually read everything:-), Claudinevanderschelden 2 11-16 16:12
To horia: Hello Horia,vanderschelden 4 11-16 15:51
To w_wallace: Please don't be sorry, Mr Wallacevanderschelden 1 11-16 03:16
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sorry for critique, but u have great camera, great lens, but this picture is not so great...Not interesting composition, and strange light. Itīs only my opinion. I wish u good light to next photos

Hi Annick.
The light coming in on the side/behind of him is wonderful. Exposed beautifully to see all that feather detail and the rim of light on him. Perfect sharpness, DOF, detail and colour and the pose of quite an intense stare at something.

Hi Annick
Wonderful capture
Nice detail and color
tfs jon

Hi Annick,
Difficult light, but you've managed it very well..in typical "vandersheldon" fashion ;}
A fine image, very well done.
Have a great weekend,

Hi Annick,
I think you have done a good job with this light,
the exposure are good. The colours are varma and nice.
And I like the composition and the POV too.
Well done.

excellent image...

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-16 7:23]
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Hi Annick

This is both a great bird shot as well as a very artistic picture!
That horizontal branch with nothing on it except the bird really makes a rather minimalistic composition here, doubled by that splendid uniform BG. This way the bee-eater is really the only attraction point here as it's brought out superbly.
The light here is also terrific, warm and direct, creating some cool contrasts and saturating the colors nicely.
However, i'm puzzled by one thing: how is it possible that an f/2.8 is enough to keep an entire elephant in complete focus while here an f/4.5 isn't, blurring a bit of the tail? I really don't get it, because the focal length is the same in both.
Anyway, it's still a great job!

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-16 7:35]

Another great shot from that journey Annick ! I love the lighting on this one it looks like it's a studio shot with the backlight ! :-) Very sharp, great exposure and lovely colors. Thanks !


PS I disagree completely with Mr Wallace.

Hello Annick,
Very beautiful and lovely shot you've taken!
Personally, I love this nice pose, excellent POV and beautiful blurry BG.
Also, superb details and composition as usual!
Well presented with impeccable focusing as well.
TFS and best wishes,
Have a great weekend!

Hi Annick,
For a backlit bird this is outstanding.

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-11-16 8:40]

Sfondo colori nitidezza da vero maestro, uno scatto direi perfetto.
Un saluto Piero

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-16 8:57]

Great shot,Annick!
Sharpness,details and colors are very nice.TFS

bonjour annick
toujours aussi magnifique.
bon W-E

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-16 9:54]

Hi Annick,
Nice play of light nicely balanced,slightly awkward pose though.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-16 13:19]

Fabulous details, superb colours and wonderful composition. This is really a fabulous trip for me -- seeing it all through your eyes

Hello Annick,
Colors and lightning are superb, so are details and this lovely model. Kruger is such a place to see so many different species... I think this is a good shot with good management of this hard light.
- - - What a strange first comment - - -

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-16 15:22]

Hola Annick. Bella foto, aun cuando la luz del sol es lateral, se aprecia bellamente los colores del plumaje del objeto principal. Muy bella la pose tambien. Saludos Luis52.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-16 17:20]

Hi Annick, I can't see anything wrong with the light here. The colours and shaprness detail on the feathers are wonderful. Great pov of this Bee Eater. The profile showing that magnificent beak works really well. I think that it is a good strong photo of a beautiful bird.

Hi Annick,
Nice shot excellent light and exposure.
Well done.
- - - What a strange first comment - - - and from what a photographer!
Cheers from Hong Kong

Hi Annick, difficult light for this lovely bird but good details and wonderful colors, splendid blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-17 6:54]

Hello Annick,
Excellent capture of the White-fronted Bee-eater in beautiful light. Well exposed and lovely colours. The green background makes it stand out very nicely.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-17 7:21]

Hallo Annick,
Geweldig mooie foto van deze bijeneter. Vooral de lichtval vind ik super. Scherpte en kleuren, ook in de achtergrond, zijn prachtig.
Mooie compositie.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-17 7:27]

Hello Annick,
How marvellous to be able to take a shot like this, even though the light was difficult!
Superb capture of a White-fronted Bee-eater with fine sharpness against a pleasing natural bokeh. Nice POV too.
Well done and TFS!
Enjoy your weekend,

fantastic backlight!

Hello Annick,
A lovcely pose, so cute as he is looking to see what's going on!
Excellent colours and details in the plumage, close-up work is wel lexecuted!
Pablo -

HI Annick,
that's such a beautiful one, I like the colours and the pose so much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Annick. Stunning shot, love the light perfect time of day for this capture, excellent detail just beautiful mate well done, Cheers Rick

The lighting shows off the radiance in the feathers so well, and you've achieved fantastic clarity - again!
Well done...

HI Annick,
Well exposed shot under difficult lighting. The side/back lighting has created beautiful effect and you have handled the situation deftly.
I wish you could place a strobe with a grid to get a catch light on its eye :)


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