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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D3, Nikkor AFS600 F4G VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/4000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 4:15
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends,
Here's my wish that each day in this new year brings you love, joy, peace, prosperity and success. May God shower on you his richest blessings on this New year. And may you all have lots of excellent opportunities to take awesome pictures of birds, mammals, bugs and butterflies. :)
For a the past couple of years I was not very active in TN. but that doesn't mean I have forgotten you all. I value and cherish each and every friendship I made on this wonderful site. Many have sent me personal mails to ask why I am not posting or whether I have quit the site. The answer is a definite NO. How can I when there are friends out there who care for you and appreciate your contributions to this site.
A lot of things have happened which left me with very little time to post or peruse the pictures on TN. I cannot promise I will be regular from now on though it is my intention and one of my new year resolutions.
To the new friends who joined this site in my absence and my old friends Loot, Anna, Ulla, Ivan, Joe, Alexei,Peter, Francine,Selen,Jane, Janice,Bayram,Asbed, Richard,Thomas,jon,Rick Price, Evelynne,Bob,Eugene,Lucamarini, Richard, Ho tony, Jan Hendrik,Fatih,Jose Miguel,Luc, Paul, Joseph Simrad,Jose Ramon,Klaus, Michel,Akif, Annick, Gert, Michel,Thijs,Luis leal, Mark,Luc,Goutham, satish, Murali, Amar, Ganesh, Ram, Arjun, Akshay,Sumon, Fartash, Pearl, Adil, Subhayan, HP, Goldy,Jean, Sunil,julkarany... and many many more - A very joyous and successful 2010
In this picture, a Greater Flamingo, a beautiful bird which we (myself and Anil) photographed on 25th December. For details on the bird please visit the link :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flamingo

uleko, ramthakur, Argus, japiey, CeltickRanger, PeterZ, eng55, flashpoint, MMM, loot, Dis. Ac., boreocypriensis, bullybeef53, Maged, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To CeltickRanger: Thankssmitha 2 01-02 06:35
To japiey: Visit to TNsmitha 1 01-02 02:42
To Argus: Thank you Ivansmitha 1 01-02 02:41
To ramthakur: Thank you Sir.smitha 1 01-02 02:38
To uleko: Hope I will be around this yearsmitha 1 01-02 02:27
To PeterZ: Thank yousmitha 1 01-02 02:23
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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-01 4:21]

Very beautiful action of the bird, excellent greetings, wish you the same. tfs.

Hello Smitha,
Fantastic photo to start the new year. And how nice to see you back. I hope you enjoy us as often as possible in the future.
The quality of this photo is very good. Excellent shaprness, details, very beautiful colours and a perfect composition and low POV.
Whishing you and your family all the best for 2010,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-01 5:19]
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Hello Smitha,
Wonderful to see a post from you again and thanks for your good wishes! I hope the new year will bring you all you wish for and hope you'll show up here more frequently soon again! This is a wonderful capture of the Flamingo taking off with a splash, so fitting for a new beginning!
I wish you and your family a very happy, peaceful and prosperous 2010! With kind regards, Ulla

hi smitha,
beautful capture to start the uploads for new year 2010. i wish you a very happy new year 2010. you have captured the moment with perfection, liked the colours, the composition very much,
well done
tfs & regards

Hello Smitha,
First of all, wish you and Anil a very Happy New Year!
Secondly, it is a pleasant surprise to see you resurrected on TN.Hope you continue making frequent appearances though I myself am quite irregular now for the past six months or so.
Your picture of the Greater Flamingo is a beauty.
The action shot is full of life and vitality; I particularly like the water dispersal as the bird gets ready to take off. It has been well captured.
Thanks and take care.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-01 5:37]
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A Happy New Year to you, Anil and your family Smitha!
I wish you all health and hapiiness for 2010!
This a fine way to mark the occasion, a great shot of a Greater Flamingo taking off and showing well with fine sharpness and colours against the contrasting OOF natural BG.
Let us hope that we, our children and grand-children can continue enjoy such sights and that this new year marks th start towards preserving the biodiversity of our planet.
With best wishes,

Hi Smitha,

Its a beautiful image, that marks the new journey ..
I like this composition.
Wishes to Anil, Smitha and family for a peaceful and prosperous 2010.
All the best,


Hello Smitha,
What a wonderful image of the bird taking off,nice colours and action,befitting greeting picture. Wish you the same.

hello Smitha

i am happy to see new photo from you again and you are
starting the new year with a superb action shot of the flamingo, WOW !
with fine POV and the way it is framed, superb focus
sharpness and details, and the photo shot at the best moment,


Happy & Healthy New Year for you and your family


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2010-01-01 9:41]

Superb picture of this flamingo in action, great details captured.

Wishing you also a Very Happy new year 2010


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-01 10:11]

Hello Smitha
Excellent work...thanks for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-01 12:39]

Hi Smitha,
Very beautiful capture.I liked moment you caught,low level POV,colors and composition a lot.I wish Happy and Healty New Year for you and your family too!
Thanks for posting..

hello Smitha!
beautiful dynamic image of the Greater Flamingo, ideal to accompany the start of the new year.....I wish you prosperity and happiness for you and your family

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-02 7:06]

Hola Smitha: Una gran foto y gracias por sus deseos...feliz 2010 desde la pequeña Costa Rica.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-04 6:38]

Hi Smitha

It sure is nice to see a posting from you again. You have done a great job to capture
this runner with such lovely fine details. The f/8 aperture ensured the whole range of
the Greater Flamingo is sharp as can be, from its beak to the tip of its wings and also
down to its toes. The very fast shutter speed at 1/4000 of a second freeze-framed the
splashing water in mid air. Actually the BG also worked out wonderfully with the row
of dark trees on the bank which made the bird stand out well in the frame. Captured
on 25 December you should definitely thank Santa for such a wonderful gift.

Thanks for the kind New Years message and to you, Anil, your lovely two daughters,
and all your loved ones I also wish a wonderful, healthy, and a prosperous 2010.

Well done and TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-04 6:38]

Hi Smitha
Happy near.This is a nice capture with excellent timing.Good POV and sharp image.Amazing pose with beautiful colors.
TFS Michel

Hello smitha,

the picture from facebook, good pov and beautiful image with fine colours.
Happy new year.


Wowww... Welcome back MF Simtha! I am remembering this from FB.
Amazingly beautiful action capture with great exposure and DOF control! I also wish you and your family a belated all the best for the NY 2010!
TFS this and welcome back again!


Happy New Year to you as well.
Another great action capture.
Your note is very educational.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-09 15:14]

Hi Smitha,

And a healthy and happy New Year to you and your family! I haven't forgotten you either. This dancing Flamingo is absolutely delightful. Perfect timing to get this wonderful shot. Colors and details of the face, wings, body and legs are magnificent. I hope to see more of you in 2010.


Hello Smitha,
Great action capture and nice colors for this flamingo.
Happy new year and all the best for 2010!
Best regards,
A newcomer - Mircea

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  • Maged (218)
  • [2010-01-14 23:47]

Hello Smitha
What a high quality image, wonderful work, First calls image and colors.

Excellent work
Best Regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-01-23 23:48]

Hi Smitha.
Thanks for wonderful shot and warm wishes. I hope the New Year will be more favourable to you, than the last one. Superb scene, very good details of the charming bird ate sweet pose, BG is simply great. Lens work is simply superb. My kind regards and TFS.

Excellent sharpness, a very action moment captured by you. I like this image.
Kind regards,

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