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Blacksmith Plover

Blacksmith Plover
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Copyright: Jan Erasmus (Popye) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 27] (158)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-22 12:42
Viewed: 4119
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just another reflection shot. It was such a calm morning, and you can see the warm colors of the rising sun on it's feathers.
Still a strange type of photo, but I kind of like it.
I sneaked in when it was still dark, and hide myself between the longer grass and plants. This Plover had no idea that I was going crazy on the shutter button.
Hope you like it, and if not, feel free to crit anyway.
All the best

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Wow, nice capture!! great compo and I like the reflection.

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  • tasos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 14] (167)
  • [2008-03-22 12:59]

Hi Jan,
Great picture! Very clear reflection and nice moment when the bird is drinking water. Also I like the light.
Well done

fantasticly sharp pic, TFS Ori

Hello Jan
This is a lovely shot that was only achievable by your stealth..I would like to see a bit more shooting info as to your camera settings with what is a monster lense
..shutters,apertures isos etc.....Did you use a tripod?...I would say you must have in low light with a 500mm.
Best regards

I love the optical effect of this reflection. The reflection detail is as crisp as the real bird! Great color and composition, Jan.
Great job - Penny

fabulous reflection, couldn't ask for a clearer one

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-22 14:58]

Excellent capture with perfect reflection. Great timing. Perfect sharpness and clarity especially of the water ripples, beautiful composition. I enjoyed it very much.

This is great Jan. The symmetry of the reflection is wonderful. The fact that the bird has such bold, distinctive marking makes the image all the more dramatic. Nice work and good eye.

Evelynn : )

Hi Jan,
I like it, what a great capture, wonderful colour, excellent detail, well composed and framed, and as for the reflection just perfect, really nice work, Happy Easter, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Jan,
Amazing shot with great detail and clarity. Very well lit up. The reflection has almost the same amount of light as the subject.

Very neat!!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-22 18:46]

Hello Jan,

Wow! What a nice composition, perfect reflection and luminosity
great POV, very nice, congratulations


Hi Jan,

Welcome on TN
Excellent compo with a SUPERB reflection and Beautiful light

TFS Thijs

Hello Jan,

Just marking today

Hi Jan,

Great composition and most wonderful reflections.
Only thing I personally would have changed, although it does'nt effect the beauty of th image to much, is cloning out the darker spot at the lower left hand corner.

Best regards and I do wish you and yours a very Happy Easter weekend.


Hi Jan, welcome on TN, thanks for this splendid reflections, great composition with excellent sharpness, very well done, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-23 9:19]

Hello Jan,
Very special photo of this Blacksmith Plover. Perfect reflection and composition. Excellent sharpness and POV.

This is one of the best pictures ,i have seen in Tn. Most beautiful image,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-23 21:05]

That is a great shot, Jan... I love it!
Such a clear reflection... and perfect symmetry!
Bold patterns and dramatic color contrast.
That frontal POV is wonderful.
TFS. : )

Hello Jan,
very clearly and precisely reported bird's behaviour, resulting in a stunningly powerful, highly condensed, eye-catching and surprising iconic image.
With thanks, and best regards,

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En güzel dileklerimle,

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