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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO-80, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Angelina's Favorites - Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-03 1:34
Viewed: 8463
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These Flamingos were facing towards the sun wich had just broken through the clouds. I thought they looked very elegant.

I hope you like it!

Flamingo Large pink and red wading bird, related to and similar to the heron, a stork, and spoonbill but with a longer neck, its feet are webbed, and a unique down bent bill.

Flamingos live in a tropical climate, although at times colonies have been observed high in the Andes. The American flamingo is now rarely seen in Florida nesting chiefly in the West Indies. Its plumage eight vermilion with black marks on the wings; a common South Asian and African flamingo is scarlet with black wing feathers.

When eating the flamingo scoops it's a large bill backward, shallow water in marshes and lagoons. When closed, the serrated and aquatic plants, shellfish, which the bird feeds. The nest is a cone of mud 1 to 2 ft. high and about 1 ft. across with a depression on top. The mates take turns incubating the one or two eggs, sitting astride the nest with their legs folded flat on either side.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-12-03 1:36]

Hi Joe, what a super image of the Flamingos together like this - trust one to be different!!! And lok at those wonderful reflections too - Well seen and captured

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-03 1:38]

Hi Joe,
There are some overexposed parts in some of the birds, unfortunately it's hard to expose this beautiful birds. However, I agree with you that the photo looks very elegant. Composition, POV, their reflection and the dark background look beautiful. TFS
Have a nice week,

This is lovely shot. Capture, colours, composition are perfect. Nice image.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-12-03 2:36]

Hi Joe!

Your title is perfect and says all about this picture. Very arty shot, beautifull composition of colours, birds and waves. I like it very, very much!

Hello Joe,
This is an awesome lot of elegance!
Wonderful light and a beautiful exposure, capturing all the fine details there are...
And as always one guy is supervising!
Pablo -

hello joe,
lovely capture, the dark bg makes the white birds standout in the composition, fine contrast, nice reflections,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wow!!nice arty shot, good compo and beautiful reflections and colours.
TFS, Ton

Hello Joe,

Beautiful composition. Good focus. Very good black background against the rose of the flamimgos. Very nice reflection in the water.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-03 3:58]

Hello Joe,
What a brilliant and well-timed capture of these Flamingoes! I love the light, the colours and the reflections in the water.
Very well observed and nicely composed.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-12-03 4:06]

Wonderful shot! Very artistic picture, well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-03 4:22]

Hi Joey,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will return with a proper critique later. Sorry, work pressure.

This is a biggy Joey. You actually took this a day or two ago. How wonderful. What unusual symetry. It is one of your super shots..I like it a lot. Naturally you have them all lined with one exception which appears as though it was highly choreographed...by the guy who was so into macro...wow...good [email protected]

Hi Joe,
Beautiful flamingos. Lovely pose with reflection added to the beauty of this picture. Great work. TFS,

Wow ... beautiful capture Joe.
The light on these flamingo is stunning,and your composition is great.
It would have been tricky getting the exposure right with this contrast but you did well.
An excellent shot!
Very well done indeed.

This, my dear Joey, is a masterpiece! WOW!
Wonderful composition - all the settings seem perfect to me. Very very artistic.

Une oeuvre d'art, en effet ! Ces flamands roses ne pouvant pas vous offrir une pause plus intéressante ! Bravo !

Hi Joe,
I like the minimum color range in this photo and the repetitive pose of the flamingos. The exposure in this photo looks to be a very tough one, Such a huge difference between the many dark areas and the light hitting the almost white feathers.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-03 7:15]

Elegance is the perfect word for this marvellous picture, Joe!! What a beautiful thing! I love the composition with the fantastic contrast of the sunbathed white plumages and their rippled reflections against the black water and black bg.
Really gorgeous!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

bUFFF, su título lo dice todo: elegancia !! y además con una excelente iluminación.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-03 8:35]

Hi Joe

Beautiful composition - Lovely forms and relection. The repetition is really nice.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-03 8:40]
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Great shot Joe, i like it alot. The fact that one of them hasn't towed the line and kept his head down makes this even better in my opinion - i think it might been too much to have threm all in the same position. Great job on the sharp focus and clarity - looks like tricky lighting but you've done very well. The reflections are a wonderful addition - Good work my friend!
(I'm curious - what did you think of the size of some of the enclosures at Marwell, especially the large Carnivores (big cats, Wolves etc?)

Very elegant, indeed, almost like little pink confections on a wedding cake! Very, very nice

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-12-03 10:18]

WOW! Joe, Very elegant. Infact they look like ballerinas.Beautiful composition with excellenrt clarity, colours and POV.. Wonderful reflections ccaught in the water. Nice pose captured with very good POV. Thanks for sharing this beauty, Smitha.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-03 10:54]

Wow Joe, elegant is right. Wonderful image. Great light, framing and sharpness. The reflections are lovely.



Hi Joe,
beautiful composition of these Flamingos.
Lovely forms and color.
Beautiful reflections.
Good exposure.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-03 11:24]

Hi Joe. I like the reflections in this one. What a great shot i would have loved to have seen all the heads down but thats just being greedy. Fantastic background against the white/pinks . well done TFS.

PS. I must go some time to Marwell.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-03 11:27]

Hello Joe,
exellent composed picture with good POV.
Nice details and fine lighting.TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-03 12:18]

Hello Joe,
On some places a bit OE, but the composition and colours are so perfect. The pose of the Flamingos is amazing. The reflections in the black water are fantastic.

All those wiggly necks are so cool. It is a stunning composition with just the one awake. I love the very dark background the the reflections. It is a super shot.

Evelynn : )

Hi Joe, elegant composition with splendid Flamingos, wonderful reflections and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

That's definately one of the more artistic flamingo shots I've ever seen come out of Marwell... well done

Hello Joe, What a beauty! I really like the tight composition and crop, the light is very good and the reflections worked out very nice with the blackness, like a brushstroke painting. Congrats! Rgds, Necip

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-03 15:32]

Wow Joey, what a unique moment and so beautiful. The flamingo look like velvet in this light, it is a great capture of yours, truly a beautiful piece of art. thank you!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-03 15:39]

!!!! fantastic !!! it's a first class pic,perfect under all corners of view,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-12-03 22:57]

Effet spectaculaire. Bien vu.
Bonne journée.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-04 1:51]

One of the best Flamingo shots I've seen, the composition, reflections and dark waters are just perfect, thanks !


Hi Joe,
Simply perfect!
Wonderful moment! A superb picture!
Excellent sharpness and contrast.
Beautiful effect of reflection in the water.
Congratulations for the wonderful work.
Thanks for sharing this marvel!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

Hi Joe,
This group of flamingo's stand out dramatically against the dark waters..The reflections are just fabulous :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-04 6:15]

Hi Joe.
My congratulations on so elegant and skillfully done picture. Pictured subject is amazing but I like most of all the refined reproduction of colour tones and texture of the birds. Framing and composition are the best too. Bravo. Perfect job.

good control of the light, excellent contrsts

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-12-04 17:22]

Hello Joe,
The great fine details on all these Flamingos and your DOF management are simply EXCELLENT. Great exposition on them against beautiful dark BG!
Best regards,


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-05 12:54]

Wow, Joey! So sorry for missing this - what an amazing shot!! A whole group of Flamingos and perfect reflections. Its a very creative shot and should be a prize winner. Great exposure on the lights and darks and detail and sharpness good throughout.

Hi Joe,

A nice image of the flamingos and of their reflections in the water, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing.


Hi Joe me bro!
This picture is great, the POV is brilliant and it looks good with all but one of the flamingoes curling their necks round. I don't know how you got this shot with them all identical except for one!

Thanks for sharing,

Ruby :D

Hello Joe,
What an amazing shot of these flamingos you brought here!! I missed your recent photos a lot.
This one is very impressive and attractive to me. :-)
Beautiful shot with excellent details and lovely colours. It looks like B & W shot, I love this black BG very much.
TFS and best wishes,

Wow Joey!
This is perhaps one of your most interesting photos I have ever seen! Very nice Joey! Its interesting how you got the back ground to be black while the Flamingos are bright! Very very well done Joey! Thanks for sharing this one! Cheers Josh Lewis.

Wowww ... Owlman:), my friend Joe,
What a lovely gracefullness?
Great composition and also artistic work of these beutifull flamingos!
Your capture is excellent in all way my friend.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-23 15:44]

Merhaba Joe!
What a beautiful composition. Good focus. Very good black background against the rose of the flamingos. Very nice reflection in the water. Congratulation. Hüseyin

I know this is not your latest, Joe (just saw it when it came up randomly on your profile), but I have to say I like it very much. It is elegance, indeed, and masterfully composed. I like its simplicity and grace -- the few colors, the muted lighting, the reflections in the water, the charming curve of those slender necks. Very nicely done!


very nice, the flamingos really stand out with the black background. How did you get that background? was it through photoshop?

Dearest Joe,
Congrats for crossing century. Great composition that goes well with the frame & black background makes them stand out well in the environment they are in. Amazing capture. Cheers! God bless you in achieving your motto (great biologist cum photographer).
Best wishes-Subhash, India

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-09-27 17:00]

Hello Joe,
Well, that's what I call a well thought photo!
The composition and colour contrast are superb. Maybe the exposure could a bit corrected.
Anyway - it's a great job!
Best greetings,

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