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Angel of Death

Angel of Death
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-11-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 100 - 400 L USM IS, Digital RAW ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-26 0:12
Viewed: 4927
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African White Back Vulture, Gyps africanus, taken at Liberty's Centre on a group photoday held there over the weekend.

With the weak sunlight falling on the front of the bird, and a dark background behind it was simple to expose for the bird and leave the background underexposed to black. Having no wire mesh or anything else in the way, and the bird being tethered on a stump in the open, filling the frame and composing the shot was straightforward, just a matter of waiting for the bird to turn his head to the right place. Small amount of fill flash used to get catchlight and fill in the shadows.

African White Backed Vulture, common throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and is the most common of the four African Gyps species, feeding on mainly carrion.

Kathleen, shabsslg, LordPotty, taba, Janice, hester, Debz, cicindela has marked this note useful
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Hi Miles.
Amazing detail on this Vulture, excellent. Thats one mean looking bird. Superb lighting, exposure, sharpness and detail. Fill flash has worked perfectly, beautifully taken.


The angle and crop/frame resembles the appearence of a human. Impressive.



Hi Miles,

great! Really impressive! Excellent details, B/W works well and so does the tight framing

Well done!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-26 6:33]

Wow! Spectacular image!
The B+W is splendid!
Amazing detail and texture.
Great sharpness.
Striking POV and composition.
Very well done!
Thanks for the latest addition to my favourites theme :)

Awesome capture Miles.
B & W works well with this.
Great detail and composition.
Fantastic work!

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2007-11-26 8:19]

A fitting title. excellent focus and composition. The black and white works very well.


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-11-26 9:57]

Hi Miles
fantastic capture and composition...
I liked the choice of the B&W and the fine details of the image...
well done..
goes to my favorittes.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-26 10:40]

Hello Miles,
Excellent good choice, the B&W. Perfect details. The light is so beautiful here! Very impressive composition and POV.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-11-26 11:16]

Hi Miles - very aptly titled!
Amazing details - and so well posed. He's an impressive bird,

Thats a beauty Miles - looks great in B & W! Superb


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-29 12:02]

Hi Miles

What a shot, he looks great. I love the tight framing, it really makes him look intimidating. Lovely use of the fill flash to get the catchlight. Wonderfully sharp



p.s. I'm not posting until I have caught up with everyones photos, time seems to have escaped me lately.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-02 3:18]

Wow, what drama in this shot. B/W rendition works well here, could almost be a gargoyle image. Having said that the fine detail on the feathers is wonderful and light and shade thorouout is very good. Nie and sharp. Wonderful pov.

Hello Miles!
Tis capture is simply great! The vulture - here presented in black-white colours looks really like an angel! Fantastic POV and great details!
Bravo and TFS.
Best greetings from Poland,

Hello Miles,
The hard contrast in this B&W is effective.
Well composed.

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