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My wife's portrait

My wife's portrait
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: olympus c 740 U
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my best 25 photos, Animal Portraits II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 14:20
Viewed: 7165
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Size: The King Vulture measures 32 inches, with a wingspan of 4 to 5 feet. This is the largest of the new world vultures, excluding the condors.


Diet/Feeding: The King Vulture finds its food with its incredibly keen sight and well-developed sense of smell. It also relies on other gatherings of vultures to alert it as to the presence of food. Though it appears to dominate over a feeding site, this vulture actually relies on other stronger-beaked carrion-eaters to initially rip open the hide of a carcass. Often the first at a carcass-site anyhow, this vulture will eat the eyes of the animal while waiting for the other vultures. Eyes are both highly nutritious and easy to reach before the animal's hide is opened.

Flight: The King vulture spends hours in flight, soaring without flapping it wings for long periods of times. It searches for carcasses while riding thermals, much higher in the air than other species of vulture, which prefer to soar close to the treetops.

Range/Habitat: King Vultures are found ranging from southern Mexico to southern Argentina. These birds prefer densely forested tropical lowland habitat, up to 4000 feet.

Behavior: This vulture is usually the dominant bird at a carcass.

Life Cycle: King vulture chicks are black when they hatch, and retain this plumage for almost three years before they are completely covered with their pure white adult feathers, though they leave their nest area at about one year of age.

Breeding: King Vultures nest on the ground, in treestumps, hollow logs, or other natural cavities. Their nest consists of very little material; usually just scratched out of the existing substrate. Males and females appear identical in coloration and size. The King Vulture usually lays a solitary egg. Both parents share the responsibilities of incubation.
Status: The habitat of the king vulture is decreasing rapidly, and the vulture has become imperiled due to increases in development all over its natural range.

Folklore, Misc. Information: The Mayans of Central America used the King Vulture as their hieroglyph for Cib, the thirteenth day of the month, often accompanied by a rain sign.

A King Vulture in many languages:
Latin: Sarcorhamphus papa, literally "bishop's fleshy beak"
Belize: King jan kro
Dutch: Koninsgier
Spanish: Gallinazo rey
Surinamese: Ganman tingifowru

this fantastic note I found

This was a little joke. This photo is taken by my wife. She could do with the olympus c 740, what I could not do with my finepix 7000 and that was just go trough the bars in the cage. And the result yes you may say it, but I like her shot.
gr. Jaap

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you are not definitely not married, ah? ;-)
excellent portrait. very clear and sharp. TFS!

Ahhhh,,, he looks familiar, i think i have him somewhere too... ;) just with a black bg !! nice and sharp, lovely colours !!


Nice capture Mrs P,
Great portrait of a wonderful looking bird. Excellent notes Jaap.
Thanks for posting.

Wow, what a marvelous photo.
DOF is perfect, the colours are beautiful - so intensive. This eye seems to be unreal - phantastic. Congratulations
Sabine - wishnugaruda

You are very naughty, Jaap. I was about to give you only one point for being rude with your wife, when I read the end of the note. A nice person like you must have a nice wife too, so please tell her that your friend Felipe likes very much her shot. Very well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-08-11 15:46]

Hi Jaap,
Excellent portrait, well done on the composition and details. Crisp. Excellent work.

A run through neat will rid of noise or using the blur tool to blur background will rid of the noise.


Sensational looking wife, Jaap!!

And it appears that she only has eyes for you...plus a few other parts I can't imagine what they are.

Great job of capturing so interesting a creature.

My compliments to the husband/wife team for this lovely portrait.

Well done on this colorful, detailed, and sassy composition.

Jaap, excellent details & sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Fantastic work! Well done.

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-08-11 16:40]

Hoi Jaap
Prachtig portret van een koningsgier.
Ik heb hem ook vele malen op de foto gezet in avifauna.
ik vind ze zo koddig met dat worteltje op de neus.
en dan hun ogen.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-11 16:58]

Beste vrouw Jaap,

Even schrok ik. Na de titel dacht ik: "Dat moet niet meevallen om met Jaap getrouwd te zijn". Gelukkig las ik dat niet Jaap maar u de foto gemaakt hebt.
Nou, daar kan Jaap nog een puntje aan zuigen. Prachtige prent. Ik kijk uit naar de rest.



Ha...I like this one Jaap.I can identify with the title right now.
The photo itself is superb.Tell your wife she's a very good photographer.She should have her own account on TN.
The details and colour here are superb.Its a little bright,obviously a tricky shot with the sun almost behind it.
I'd possibly darken it a little myself.
Its great as it is though.
Well done your wife.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-08-11 18:27]

Nice close-up portrait with good detail and brilliant colours. Good title too, though you may want to put these type of comments at the top of notes rather than the bottom .. just a thought ;o)

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-12 0:37]

HI Jaap,
Nice shot, this guy has some beautiful colours but man he is ugly.
Great photgraph, very clear, nice details, great composition.
Well done
TFS,I think ;)

vey nice and sharp shot. Thanks to your wife!
ps : Are you the teacher or she is ? ;-)
TFS, Laurent

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-12 2:51]

Hello Jaap!
Perfect portrait.Vivid colors,sharpness,DOF,POV and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Jaap!
Wonderful portrait! So close and so interesting!

Hello Jaap!
Magnificent portrait.I liked colors,POV and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Jaap, nice shot here, BG is a bit messy but that's hard to arrange through a cage so no real nit there. Beautifully sharp and clear with heaps of detail. Tell your wife she does a great portrait! Like the title and note too :)

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-12 5:17]

LOl... ummm Well... Jaap, may the force be with you... after you have called this shot as your wife portrait. :P

Excellent composition, great colours, details and sharpness, bg is a bit noisy (over sharpen maybe?) but it is an excellent shot! Good on your wife, very well captured, thanks for sharing and have a good weekend. :)

Very great close-up. A lot of details and specials colors. AAA+++

Hello Jaap

Wow... excellent close details. Nice light and POV. Tack sharp details. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-12 6:54]

Not bad Jaap! I think you should give 740 to your wife more often :-) Bird on photo isn't maybe beautifull but I like its big eye.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-12 7:33]

Hi Jaap, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smily.
Day thought: Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. ~ Carl Jung ~
Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Hi Jaap,
Brilliant portrait!
Excellent sharpness and colour.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-08-12 8:55]

Jaap, van een detail gesproken, zo sherp en duidelijk heb ik nog weing gezien, een dikke proficiat van mij. Met de oude camera!!!
Schitterend werk Jaap!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-12 10:44]

Hello Jaap, you have a very nice wife, congratulations!! She's an exceptional woman!! Apart from that the shot is very good, vivid colors and excellent sharpness. TFS Didier.

Excellent closeup portrait Jaap! Very sharp and detailed, with only a very small amount of noise appraised in the BG. Your wife has done a very good job here, Well done.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-08-12 12:07]

Is she cooking well? Nice composition. I like the colours especially the eye. Full details.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-12 12:18]

Jaap, there is some noise on the bg, but that's a minor nit.

Great close-up. Excellent sharpness and details. I enjoy pov and composition too.

Hi jaap,
this guy remains me to an figure of Star Wars(the blue flying thing in Tatooine). :-)
I like this funny face. Exellent portrait.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-12 14:28]

Hi Jaap,
unusual portrait of bird. Superb sharpness and very good colours. Interesting note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hey Jaap,

Fabulous !!!

The humor of this portrait brightens my day... thanks to your wife for the capture and to you for the post. A good team :-)

Hello Jaap,
It's a funny image.
Your wife must have a marvellous sense of humour !
Well captured.


Well this title certainly got my attention! You naughty man !!
A great portrait taken by your wife, very sharp, the colours are amazing.
She should have her own TN ID!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-19 6:57]

Jaap, I love your wife's portrait (of the bird!) Isn't he an amazing character? She's captured the bird so well, showing off all his details and attachments and colours. Well done Mrs Jaap. I love it.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-27 12:28]

Wow ! This bird is not pretty in my opinion but its portrait is great ! And the title ;-) The vivid colors and the details are excellent. Congratulations Jaap !!!

Hi Jaap
This is a funny picture! I like the title too... The colours
of this incredible bird are really beautiful! You made a really
good composition.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-01-31 14:36]

Excelent shot, and wonderful notice about this unbeliveble bird. It was close close.

HELlo Jaap Magnifique portrait , les couleurs sont superbes Cette photo prise de très près est fantastique
J'espere que tn épouse ne ressemble pas a ce voutour
Merci et Bravo ....JP

Hello Jaap,
What a beautiful wife you are!. Good idea to show your wife, I must post one of mine (ha, ha, ha).
Excelent colours and details.
Very good note, but...It inhabits until northern Argentina, not southern.
Other useful data: Cóndor Real, Jote real (names in Argentina)
Sarcaramphus papa (scientific name)


Hallo Jaap,
Wat moet ik nog zeggen, er is al zoveel over deze foto gezegd dat mijn verhaal eigenlijk niet meer nodig is. Alleen, ik heb in jaren niet zo'n mooie vrouw gezien. Ik ben echt jaloers.

Hello Jaap but most of all Mrs Jaap,
Oh my dear, this is awesome work!
Must be the most superb details I have seen in a bird portrait for a while!!
Great tight framing, wonderful colours!
Very well done!
Pablo -

Hi Jaap

Excellent shot.
Just incredible detail and such beauty.
Great sense of humour you have as well.
Hope your wife thinks the same. Ha ha.


Dag Jaap,
2 punten voor je vrouw:-)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-26 11:38]

Un primer plano increíble Jaap, por la nitidez en todos sus detalles, por un colorido espectacular y un POV perfecto para mostrar el perfil de esta maravillosa ave.
Sólo criticaría un ligero ruido de fondo, que no desmerece la visión del protagonista.
Saludos... Ricardo

Incredible close up Jaap, for the sharpness in all their detail, by a spectacular coloring and a perfect POV for to show the outline of this wonderful bird.
I would criticize only a slight background noise that non be unworthy of the protagonist vision.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-09-26 4:50]

Hehe, great title and great note! Ive never seen such a bird, and should I - well Its not excactly the prettiest bird around. Nevertheless, its interesting and very well captured. You should congratulate your wife on this one!


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  • tabora (6)
  • [2006-10-11 14:35]

Bonjour jaap,
I like your wife ;D)
Belle capture de ce regard perçant avec de superbe couleurs.
Amitiés Joseph

Hello Jaap.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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