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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-11-06 6:02
Viewed: 5514
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dedicate this picture to our kind friend and skill photographer Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) with great pleasure.

When I saw his amazing shot Grey Crowned Crane I remembered that I captured this beautiful bird in Odessa Zoo almost three years ago. (Unfortunately, we have not this species in a wild :)).

I am a bit strange person (may be not only a bit). I often do not like many own pictures just after their capturing. However, after a while they seem to me pretty nice. This one was among them.

In any case, I share this picture (as well as own WS) with great gratitude and best wishes to Peter for its huge contribution here.

Many interesting facts about Grey Crowned Crane you can read in a nice note for Peter's shot Grey Crowned Crane.

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To mlines: Amazing gallery. Thanks.Alex99 1 11-08 11:46
To PeterZ: Many thanks, dear friend.Alex99 1 11-06 10:16
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Hello Alexei,
a great dedication to our friend Peter; a fantastic portrait of the Grey Crowned Crane taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, a very pleasing composition with a very good BG and splendi light
Have a good weekend

Alexei Hello!

Today I have had to be your neighbor and the neighbor of Silvio! .. I do not deserve these honors! ... I'm lucky!

It is a sublime picture, with the bird's eye projecting very interesting. The color temperature is very good and appropriate for these birds. I like the composition, using the structure of the bird's head and its plume, for excellent distribution of the elements. Very good background and beautiful light in general.

NOTE: Impressive WS concentred in eye, very detailed, thanks!

Regards & Happy Week End for you!


Hello Alexei,

A fantastic portrait of this Grey Crowned Crane with such beautiful coloration, sharpness & fine details. Great POV & composition.

A beautiful dedication/gift to our deserving friend...Peter, on TN and what a comeback shot for Peter. He posted one...not too long ago.
Well taken & TFS.


Ciao Alexei, fantastic portrait of splendid bird, great focus and lovely blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, wonderful colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-06 6:26]

Hello Alexei,
A superb portrait of a Crowned Crane taken from your archives. The lateral POV othe head was taken with excellent sharpness and lighting against a fine neutral BG and the crown looks magnificent.
A superb zoo capture and a fine tribute to Peter Z, one of the most active members on TN and a fine photographer.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Alexei,
this is a very fine picture and as usual, perfect exposed with correct white balance and fine natural colours.
The sharpness are great, we can see all details in the plumage.
I think you have choose the aperture since the whole bird is in good focus and stand out well from the nice BG.
A picture people could learn from.
And of course, it's a fine dedication to our friend Peter.
Great work, my friend.

Have a nice Weekend.

hello Alexei

beautiful portrait photo of this funny looking bird,
fine POV and very fine framing with leaving a very
good free space where the Crane is looking,
fine focus great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-06 6:48]

Hi Alexei,

Splendid малюнок з деякими деталями і красивими квітами.
Я впевнений, що Петро користувався самовідданість.
Ви хочете приємно вихідні

Hello Alexei,
Excellent close up with fine details and wonderful colours.
A very good composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-06 7:14]

Hello Alexei
Wonderful portrait of this crane, vivid colors and excellent details

hello Alexei
super sharpness picture with very good details
beautiful colours and i like the WORKSHOP picture to
greeting lou

It's fantastic, Alexei, the sharpness, the moment, just everything. I understand what you mean, I also have some shots - I see the beauty some months later. And sometimes other members here give me the idea to search for a similar shot ...
And here it was worth to look in your archive - it's excellent, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-06 8:28]

What a great capture!
Wonderful cute face!
Details are lovely and the colors are amazing!
PA.Peter can be proud!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-11-06 8:52]

Hello Alexei,
superb clairty and sharp details, this sia fine dedication for Peter. The composition is good to, with this Crane looking into the empty part of the frame - exceptional work as always, well done.

Hello Alexei,
What a great surprise and honor! I appreciate this gift very much. Thanks for your kind words. I think the quality of this photo is superb in all aspects, so it's also for me a stimulation to do better and better. And of course I put it to my favorites.
Thank you again and have a wonderful weekend,

Ciao Alexei. Magnificent sharpned and focused portrait with excellent details and fabolouse bright colors. Intrigant contrast against BG.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-11-06 10:18]

Hello Alexei,
Nice portrait exotic crane only prefer our grey crane and most in flight. These birds in spring and autumn bring to mind as fast flow time and life.
Best regards, Pawel

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-11-06 10:37]

Hello Alexei.
Very professional work.
Great capture and great presentation.
Greetings and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-06 13:47]

Hello Alexei,
A beauty with all decoration. Very nice picture and perfect settings. Vivid colors to appreciate this Grey Crowned Crane.
Best regards Siggi

Hi and Good Morning Alexei,

Impeccable portrait capture of this crested beauty from nice POV with excellent DOF, clarity and delightful composition. Nice dedication to our friend Peter too.
TFS & Cheers,


Bueno Alexei, que decir ya de tus fotografías...
pues que como siempre tienes una mirada especial y aplicas una depurada técnica, eso sí, con excelentes resultados como vemos en tu último trabajo.
Sorprendente naturalidad y algunos detalles realmente preciosos, como esa especie de cresta negra.
El conjunto de colores en combinación con el fondo muy conseguidos; también es de destacar la pequeña inclinación de la cabeza, que es muy oportuna.

Un placer admirar este trabajo, que como otros tuyos, brilla con luz propia !!!

Buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Alexei,

a very nice portrait picture from a good pov and dof.
Fine natural colours.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-07 7:06]

Helo Alexei,
These Cranes are really fabulous and your close portrait is brilliant! I love the sharp details where the top of the head looks like velvet and the crown is fantastic. Lovely colours too and a fine soft background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-07 11:21]

Hi Alexei. I am sure peter will love this first class close up of the Grey Crowned Crane . This was taken with such sharp focusing and fine detail in all areas. Along with bright colours. I like the way the large eye stands out so well along with the crown feathers. Well taken TFs.

Hello Alexei
what a great and sharp shot of this Grey Crowned Crane !
each details is so beautiful sharp, wonderful POV from his profil against a nice blurred BG
Bravo for this one ! have a great sunday

Hello Alexei,
This is a crisp clear image. All details are presented. Lovely natural colors. A splendid picture.

Dear Alex!

Peter's answer and reaction says all about the high quality of the picture. You have perfectly managed to have the whole portrait in focus. This reveals a magnificent richness of details. Moreover, the fine lighting and blurred background highlight the shape, the colours and th details.

Kind regards


Hello Alexei,
Shame why did you keep this superb portrait with great sharpness in your archives
Kind regards

Hello Alexei,

They are sooo funny, with the original feather hat and slightly crazy look in the eyes..!
This is a pin sharp portrait capturing the expression very well, and the soft background enhances the impact..

Pablo -

Hi Alexei, If the animal world has clowns or film stars, this has to be in one of those groups! Those pink cheeks and fancy hair makes this a wonderful nature photo. Beautifully clear. Good to see in your gallery. Shallow DOF makes the subject really stand out from the background well. TFS. Murray.

Few more birds from Sydney here if you have a moment:

Perfect sharpness, color, exposure, and DOF Alexei.
And I don't use the word "perfect" as a rule ;-}
Beautiful work!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-08 14:30]

Hi Alexei

Yes, you must be "not only a bit strange" (chuckle). I can not in my wildest dreams fathom why you would not have loved this shot, right from the beginning. It is just WOW my friend. Even the workshop you made, by cropping and zooming in to the eye only, just shows the amazing amount of detail you've managed to capture with this shot.

The composition is great. The DOF is spot-on with a lovely isolated BG to bring out the beauty of the bird. The shutter speed is more than adequate and it assisted to show the excellent sharp details (as already mentioned). The colours are natural, but I probably would have bumped the saturation just a little more. Anyway, a wonderful shot of a fabulous bird.

Well done my friend and TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-08 14:30]

Hi Alex,i'm in delay to comment this beauty and i haven't new to add at what the others told you..but it's important for me to give you my best compliments for this impressive portrait.Simply fantastic.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-08 23:42]

Hi Alex,
superbs sharpness in pin clarity. Well composed with the framing well thought. THe focus is greatly highlight the beauty of the head. The red part is an outstanding view.
Well presented shoy.


nice portait! great details and colors!
a tres bientot

Hello Alexei,
Excellent portrait and detailsof this beautiful bir with a very good composition.
TFS. Ferran

Looks a bit like a punk rock star here in the US...we have so few. I think they learned the look from the discos in Germany. But your bird is doing its natural thing and you are doing yours as well..

Hi Alex
Beautiful portrait. I like vivid colors of the bird vs peaceful brown background. Sharpness is perfect, exposure very good and subject is nicely isolated from bacground

When I saw the thumbnail I assumed you had travelled to Africa; Odessa zoo!!!
Masterfully done.
Mario with congratulations.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-28 9:48]

Privet Alexei,
Magnificent portrait.I liked simple BG,clear details,expression on face and colors a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Bonjour Alex.
Trés belle image, bel animal.Mes compriment.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-12 15:15]

Hi Alexei,

Pretty nice???? This is a beautiful portrait of the Grey Crowned Crane and a wonderful dedication to our good friend Peter. The face, eye and beak are fantastic but I think the crown is extra special. Superb colors and details against a perfect background.

Thank you so much for all of your nice comments - much appreciated.


Hello Alexei, my dear friend
How are you? I hope everything very well. I miss your great posts.
This is great portraite of very beautiful crane. photographically wonderful. it is also great dedication to our friend Peter. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done
Looking forward to hearing from you again.

Hi Alexei.

I have seen this bird before and so amazed with the headgear. Such unique looking bird with colorful and sharp profile.

Nicely silenced background and the image really pops.
Best regards,

Privet Alexei,
The story You wrote in the note (not liking an own pic just after capturing) sometimes happens to me, too. Although it's really difficult to understand why You didn't like this superb shot firstly. Great portrait with fantastic sharpness, background blur and colors, absolutely beautiful visual impact. And I mean both photos, because the workshop crop is stunning, too. A fantastic dedication to Peter without doubt. Tfs and congrats MF.
Have a great new week, best regards, László

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