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Cormorants Rejoicing

Cormorants Rejoicing
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-16 7:57
Viewed: 1829
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have limited experience of shooting water birds. Since joining TN in 2006, I have lived in places like Riyadh, Delhi and Jammu with very few or non-existent water bodies.
In February this year, I drove to Mansar lake 70KM away from Jammu with the hope of shooting some water birds there. It is a sacred lake for people of Hindu faith. It teems with fish fed round the year by pilgrims. Fishing is strictly prohibited; as a result, water birds like Cormorants find the lake a haven of good living!
I shot these Cormorants from the shore of the lake from a considerable distance. With my 70-300mm zoom lens, this is the best I could get. I felt that these birds were very happy with their surroundings. Hope you share my feelings after looking at this picture.

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Hello Mr.Ram Thakur,
Beautiful photograph of these Cormorants.In their natural habitat they are looking really happy and beautiful.
Thanks for sharing a piece of Manas lake's experience,
Kind regards and respect,

hallo Ram
very good picture with great details and lovely naturel colours
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-16 9:33]

Hi Ram,a very nice meeting and a great capture in a difficult backlight,you manage very well the exposure for the best result,great details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ram, lovely composition with fantastic trio, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ram
Eccellente cattura di questi Cormorani,grande nitidezza ed un’ottima gestione della luce,bene i colori come la composizione.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Ram

You write it is the best you could get...
and you did a great work, difficult back-light
(or backlit) light gives the shadow/light effect,
excellent POV at their level with great DOF,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, and photo
shot at the best moment of their pose, TFS


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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2013-04-16 20:09]

Hello Ram,

A Very nice study of this small grouping of cormorants coexisting and air-drying their wings ... and one even having a chuckle or perhaps swallowing a fishy snake. Impressive sharpness for such a distance and very pleasing light cast on these allows animated birds.



鳥很可愛 動作真是有趣

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-04-16 22:52]

beautiful twin birds on action. nicely framed. good work.

Hello Sir,
Beautiful photography of these Cormorants.
Great colour and details.
Thanks for sharing.


Beautiful capture considering the fact that this is difficult to capture. The sunlight on one side of the bird tends to make that side overexposed if you want good light on the dark side. In this case you have balanced both the sides considerably well to get good plumage details.


Namaskar Ram

Nicely composed picture of these Great or Large Cormorants generally having a nice bonding session in what looks like shallow water. Exposure with all the backlight is well controlled.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-17 10:24]

Hi Ram,
Perfect shot and with a very good moment captured.
Nice colours and good sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Bonjour Ram,
Agréable valorisation des sujets.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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