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Only A Face a Mother Could Love

Only A Face a Mother Could Love
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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS L, Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-12 20:50
Viewed: 3626
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Turkey Vulture was photographed in Vermont at the VINS preserve.

Turkey Vultures have increased their range to cover most of North America and are a common sight even in populated areas. They are noted by their reddish "bald" heads similar to turkeys. Vultures are a special class of the raptor family still having the somewhat forward looking eyesight, the hooked beak for tearing flesh, but they lack the strong talons of other raptors. The feet are like large "chicken feet" not really meant for catching live prey. Generally they are scavengers and only very occasionally killing weak small prey.

Used a 1.4x extender giving me 280mm FL to achieve a close-up of this raptor. I used the polarizer turned only partially to get the desired color saturation.

RAW and PS5 and Nik was used to sharpen, color balance, crop, and adjust the exposure bringing maximum attention to the subject.

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Hallo Larry
I like the full framed composition and dark colours in this photo.
It is a very tight crop but it works for me, as one can see the details
so beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

This magnificent Turkey Vulture looks like a gorgeous Hollywood star when compared to our Marabou Stork indeed Larry..... and I mean it!
Lovely capture and good addition to TN library! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Nice shoot.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-13 1:53]

Hello Larry,
A bit tight in the frame, but a very beautiful photo in great clarity and natural colours. Good sharpness, details and DOF.

Hi Larry,
excellent photo of this beautiful bird. Nice black colours. Very good point of view and suitable colours.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-02-13 13:15]

Hello Larry,
Great shot of this Turkey Vulture as it sits resting on a limb. You managed to capture wonderful detail and true coloration. I'm sure to another vulture this is just another pretty face, but I share your thoughts all the same.
I see these guys quite frequently circling the fields around here in search of carrion, but have never gotten close enough for a decent shot yet. Well done!!

Ciao Larry, great capture of beautiful vulture with splendid colors, wonderful blurry BG, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Good grief Larry,
As you say, this guy is far from pretty but a very good photo. Well doen.

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