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Birds 2, Dragons Nil

Birds 2, Dragons Nil
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bee-eaters, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, Kruger National Park 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-31 10:54
Viewed: 5926
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For Paul & Gerhard
Clubtails belong to the Family Gomphidae & the hapless prey here is a Common Tigertail -Ictinogomphus ferox - the largest gomphid in our region, with a 90 mm wingspan. Just look at the size of the club on his tail. The abdomen is banded black & yellow, the thorax is yellowish with green & black stripes. They have nice, blue eyes. This is the only species in this genus. It is a fast & powerful flier, flying continuously for long periods. Its range expends into equatorial Africa. The victor is a White-fronted Bee-eater, described under Birds 1, Dragons Nil
I am sorry, but this is the best shot I got of this dragon, but then he “is the secondary” image here. Up the birdies!!!
Venue – Kruger National Park
Date 30h September 2004
Time 08h39
ISO 200 & -0,7 EV
Nikon D70
Sigma 120-300 F2.8 lens & 2X converter
Focal length - 600 mm
Exposure mode - Manual - 1/500 @ F8
Flash – Balanced iTTL off camera
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Wimberley head on Camsteady car window cill support
Bit of cropping; levels; hue/ saturation; some USM; reduced to Site size.

PDP, red45, ellis49, jhm, Lourens, AndyB, marhowie, milloup, Signal-Womb, Robbrown, Fisher, Luc, TAZ, gerhardt, RAP, willie, elihesam, Mazer, gazo, mogens-j, Riz, Jax has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To elihesam: ThanksCallie 1 11-04 13:06
To AdrianW: SquaresCallie 2 11-01 03:24
To milloup: make that "rare" DearCallie 1 11-01 00:46
To Arjuna: WSCallie 1 11-01 00:28
To jhm: DankieCallie 1 10-31 14:36
To japie: StirringCallie 1 10-31 14:27
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-31 11:30]
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Thanks Callie, it's wonderful, although I am feeling very very sorry for that Dragonfly. Beautiful capture, I think the bird looking up adds alot to this, not that it needed it!

Great work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-10-31 11:42]
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Poor dragon... Very good composition. Colours are little faded or my monitor break down? Anyway - very good action picture.

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2004-10-31 11:53]
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Hi Callie.
Very colourful and beautiful bird.
Very good composition and details and nice colours.
Great note.
Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-31 12:19]
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Stirrer just as I things are calming down, you post this! Now everyone is going to retaliate with all kinds of things in the mouth!

Great capture and I wonder if dragons contains lots of vitamens?

Excellent work


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-10-31 12:46]
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Zie zo hier hebben wij terug eentje zoals ik ze graag zie, zo fantasties van kleur en de houding van deze vogel om deze foto te kunnen maken is al 10 punten waard, Callie, en dan nog met een prooi in zijn bekkie, opnieuw de echte grote Callie. Mooi man!!!

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  • Lourens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 0 N: 321] (1223)
  • [2004-10-31 14:18]
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Excellent capture, Callie. Nice action shot. Good composition with plain BG. Excellent note as usual. Mooi werk!!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-31 14:53]
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Another great capture.
Excellent composition,fab detail and colours.
Great background colour.
Very well done.

Callie, This a great capture! I like the light from above, the Bee-Eater lookin'-up with that "Dragon Slayin'" long beak it has. The follow-up would have the portrait of this bird smilin' with a big lump in its throat!! Great post!

Looks as if he's asking the missus up there "Oy, do you want him rare, medium or well done?" ;-))
Much as I hate to see dragons come to grief, this is a very good capture, nice diagonal, clean background.

Wonderful shot Callie. What a great gallery you have here on TE. Composition is excellent here and the subject really stands out from the soft background. Good post.

Well I surpose its a novel way to get a another dragon into an image ;0))))#. just simply very nice callie , the lighting of the head and throat + prey really makes it zing.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-10-31 20:52]

A man after my own heart. This is how I got into color photography. Birding.
This is an excelent capture of a clubtail with food. Nicely cropped and crisp focus.

How I wish I had a 2x converter for my 300mmm.

Mike <

I dared a W S Callie, not because I do not like your original capture but because I wanted to see it with more accentuated colors, just for myself. But when I saw the result, I decided to share it.

I like birds and this one is exeptional. TFS.

Good shot! The pose on this bee-eater is excellent, although maybe we should call him a dragonfly-eater? Note is good. Focus and DOF are spot on, and the composition is beyond reproach, however it does seem a little washed out to me. I was about to post a Workshop for you, but Arjuna beat me to the punch - and he's done such a good job I won't worry about loading PS :) Anyway, excellent capture :-D

I'm sure I've asked you this before, but when you see the calibration chart at the very bottom of the page can you see all the squares? I'm particularly curious as to whether you can see a difference between 0 and 1?

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-11-01 1:38]
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Quelle belle capture photographique ! Et bonne prise aussi pour le bel oiseau, mais cela ne doit pas être l'avis de la pauvre libellule ;-)
Well done !

Hi Callie

Wonderful image.

Isn't it the early bird that catches the, in this case, Ictinogomphus ferox

Thanks for sharing!

Splendid capture Callie. The only way to counter this would be to show a cat with a bird in it's beak.... I'll organize a trip soon. :) Lovely shot, well done.

prise de vue assez exceptionnelle, avec en prime, une superbe lumière!! bravo

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-01 8:41]
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Un pequeño retrato en colores de la naturaleza misma.
Perfecto DOF, POV y colorido.
La agudeza y nitidez es realmente maravillosa tambien.
Mis felicitaciones Callie.

A small poertrait in colors of the nature same.
Perfect DOF, colorful and POV.
The sharpness and clearness are really wonderful also.
Congratulations Callie.

very nice photo

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-02 16:53]

I saw these guys in Zimbabwe this weekend. The're really stunning. Closest I got to them was about an eigth of the picture.
Very well captured.
By the way, don't they normally go for bees

what a moment,the result is admirable,with a nice diagonal composition and a lot of details and a fine blurr/hazy background,well done,Callie,beautiful and amazing.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2004-11-04 20:37]

** Excellent shot. Whit a 2X converter...!
I'm amaze by the sharpness despite of the focal lens and the converter. Thumbs up!
Your notes are very interesting and usefull.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2004-11-04 21:57]

Another great capture well done.

Great capture Callie. He really looks satisfied with the days catch og prey. the cropping/composition is spot on but I agree with Luc about the colours and he did a great WS. Very informative note as usual.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-13 15:44]

Callie, that's it, that's the way it is. Life has to survive, so life must die.

Great shot of this great moment. Beautiful colors and composition.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-27 12:52]

wauw Callie out of your archive,
what a capture here, my favourite dragonfly eaten by a bird, very good shot, with a great pof and dof and a fantastic note,great job

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  • Dom Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 4 N: 28] (94)
  • [2005-08-30 2:41]

What can I add ? Perfect :) I like Luc's WS. Keep shooting !
Dominic :)

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