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What is THAT!?

What is THAT!?
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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: 2004-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): African Raptors, 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Birds of Prey- RAPTORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-06 10:29
Viewed: 6718
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the type of picture that I would like to shoot more often. Nothing to distract the viewer, and the subject engaged in doing something. This raptor just did not know when to fly off, and I shot maybe 100 + pictures of him over two evenings. The light was magic, low in the sky and late in the afternoon, so no flash was required, only the Big Light, as Bente called it. This type of light can transform nearly anything, even a drab, brown sub-adult bird like this one. The juveniles and young of many raptors often look similar to other raptor species, just to really confuse the ID out of one's mind. This bird is a Pale Chanting Goshawk - Melierax canorus 54-65 cm, a beautiful raptor with red legs, bill, and a light, greyish plumage, barred on the chest and tummy area. Now, has Callie lost his last bit of sense, you may wonder? This is an all brown bird on a brown stick! This just proves the point I was trying to make on the difference between adult and juvenile.
Luckily, I got some pics of the adult as well, so will later post same and more info. I posted a WS to show him full length.

Venue KTFP, Nossob Road
Date 8 December 2004
Time 18h25
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,7 EV.
Sigma 120-300 F2.8 APO USM & 2X converter
Filter None
Focal length - 600 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority 1/800 @ F8
Flash None
Support Wimberley Head on Camsteady window support
PP bit of cropping since he bent his neck;.; levels; hue/ saturation; S/C; Some USM; reduced to Site size.

milloup, Fisher, Lesley, willie, Lourens, NitzanCK, scottevers7, ellis49, carper, bartove, rlortie, Luc, extramundi, mogens-j, Xalkida, radz, red45, jhm has marked this note useful
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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2005-01-06 10:36]
  • [2]

You're right, this is a magic fellow, congrats ;-))
Beautiful colours, lots of details, nice POV, sharpness fine, only I think you should run sharpen filter once to get the full effect ;-))

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-06 10:57]
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This is an excelent capture with the sunset hues glowing in the Gosshawk. He sure has his eye on something. Well done.


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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-01-06 11:40]
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Beautiful capture and a perfect example of how photographing in good or "golden hour" light can make an ordinary subject extraordinary. Excellent note as well. I do so enjoy reading notes ike this more than just statistics on the subject. Thank you, Callie!

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-06 12:58]
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After today, (I went bird hunting, photo's of course ) I'd be very proud with a shot like this. Never got a keeper.
Very nice Callie. Great pose and very good composition. Well done

An excellent shot!
Great capture and good sharpness.
I enjoyed the photo, thanks for postiong
Well done.

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  • Lourens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 0 N: 321] (1223)
  • [2005-01-06 13:16]
  • [2]

Uitstekende foto, Callie. Die lig is uit die boonste rakke. Excellent work.

A nice capture here. I really like the pose he is in, looking down as if he is tracking someting. Great color and sharp detail.

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2005-01-06 14:06]
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Great Callie.
The light is wonderful.
Great colours, composition and pose.
It's a winner.
Great work.

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  • bartove Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 1 N: 588] (7772)
  • [2005-01-06 16:36]
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Excelent capture, beautiful colours, The light is wonderful.
Great Composition and pose.

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  • rlortie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
  • [2005-01-06 16:53]
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The light is perfect: you're right this can really change the way your subject looks. In this case it gives the "woof" it needs. Wonderful background, great pose and composition.

Hi Callie. What a beautiful pose and composition you got here, I agree with you this is the kind of shots that make photography more amusing.
The focus is not your best, maybe could have forced just a little bit more USM, but with that vivid colours and patterns is very nice, thanks for posting.

Oh, that look is almost hypnotical. Beautiful bird and very well presented - great colours and excellent control of light and dof. You are right about this kind of light - only I would not like to shoot gull in it but of course they are not the most common birds in your huntingfield I presume;-).

Excellent photo! Great colors, sharpness and POV! Very fine work!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-06 23:17]

I must say this is one of the interesting&difrent pose,and u captured verywell.Brown colour&tree branch too brown still you captured nice details.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-07 4:37]

O, someone is angry here :-) Excellent pose Callie! Great quality and subject but angry pose make the picture. Fabulous work!

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: *
POV: ****

Great shot, the pose is great too.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-07 6:49]
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Prachtig man,
Another good capture Callie. Goede photo met je tele kanon, goede scherpte, goede diepte, prachtig werk, uitstekende note.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-07 9:40]

Hi Callie!
I wonder what creates this blue halo around all which is not blue.
Anyway, a great one, with tons of details. And what an attitude: "Who dare to photograph me? Oh! It is Callie? I am thus going to take my angry and concentrated sight, that is going to please those who will see this photo on my diagonal perch!"
An excellent post: picture and note.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-01-08 12:51]

Oef hier wil ik geen klauw van krijgen Callie, een kleine vogel maar zeer snel, mooi in zijn veren en juist op het moment dat hij naar beneden kijkt waardoor ook zijn ogen voor een stuk te zien zijn.
Groot Callie!
Groeten, John.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-09 0:06]

What a moment and pose. This image has attitude and the colors are great. The eye contact here combined with the stance makes for a winner. Very good sharpness and DOF as well.

Very well done and thanks for posting

pose and composition are great. very nice shot..

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