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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal portraits, My First Post of Trek Nature, Great Portraits, Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-26 7:46
Viewed: 4511
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-crowned Crane,
This is my first shot in TN, taken last week at Darıca Zoo,İzmit.

Infos from http://en.wikipedia.org
The Black-crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae.

It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although in nests in somewhat wetter habitats. There are two races, B. p. pavonina in the west, and the more numerous B. p. ceciliae in east Africa.

This species and the closely related Grey-crowned Crane, B. regulorum, which prefers wetter habitats for foraging, are the only cranes that can nest in trees. This habit, amongst other things, is a reason why the relatively small Balearica cranes are believed to closely resemble the ancestral members of the Gruidae.

Like all cranes, the Black-crowned Crane eats insects, reptiles, and small mammals. It is endangered, especially in the west, by habitat loss and degradation.

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Very good first shot Sebnem.
The eye looks great
Good colours and details. IMO little to much in the centre.
Very well done.
Welcome to TN.

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-01-26 8:18]
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Great capture!
The eyes of the crane are very very sharp and clear!
The upper part of the picture is hot but it's giving somthing to the picture as well!
The colors you manage to get are great!
One more thing- I would like to know more on what you did with the camera to get such sharp pic, because i have that camera too and my photos arent so sharp and clear!


Good opening photo!
Nice subject captured with good POV and colours. The composition is nice, but maybe it would be good to move the bird a bit out of centre. Its a pity that you cut some of his feathers, but anyway I like your photo.
It's very good that you "feel desire" ;-)
Welcome to TN :-)

Welcome Sebnem to TN. Great first post. TReally nice portrait of this bird. Good sharpness and detail. Well done. Look forward to more of your work. Tnaks for sharing.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-26 12:23]

Very good first shot Sebnem. Excellent DOF and POV. Good work
welcome to TN

Güzel bir portre çalışması.Yanaklardaki beyaz tüylerin parlaması dışında hoş.Başarılar..

Welcome to TN, very good first post nice colours. It could have been goot not to center the crane.
Well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-27 4:15]
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Cool hairdo seems ,Great details&colorful compostion.
Welcome to TN.

Bienvenue sur Trek Nature !
Image très nette et bien colorée !
Excellente composition !
Cet annimal me rappelle celui que j'ai surnommé "WAZAA" de part son expression.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-12 5:56]

Hi Sebnem I love these birds and I've seen a few of them on TN. Such an unusual hair style. Love the blue eyes too. Well done and thank you for sharing.

Hi Sebnem a good 1st image very sharp of focus and colour, only small nit is that some of the white on the side of the face is over exposed, so lossing some of the details there.so either take the lightmeter reading off the brightest area or take several images with settings ether side of the cameras surgested (This is called bracketing)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-14 10:22]

Hi, Sebnem. I've never seen one of these. Very beautiful bird. Vivid colors, nice composition and blurred BG. Sharpness is excellent too. What a fantastic debut.



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-19 4:35]
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A very good first performance, Sebnem.
Nice composition and point of view.
Very sharp with a great DoF.

I wish you the most cordial welcome on TN. I am late, I know, but I do it for the fun of it.
In the pleasure to admire your next posts and to read your notes and critics.
Thank you for sharing.

Hi this is a very professional first shot.great details. this photo is very colourfull.Good work nice photo

:))) Well Done...

Beautiful bird and your note is really descripton and adds a lot to this photo. The photo itself has sharp crisp focus and great colors too.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-11 7:24]

Hi Sebnem you did a wonderfull photo, Very beautiful bird i like the vivid colors, nice composition and blurred Back ground,

Welcome to TN !


This is a good shot Sebnem,
You haven't clipped much of the crown. A lovely pose by a very stunning bird. Beautiful bright blue eye.
A much better BG than my post.
Thanks for posting.

great colors and details, beautiful

very nice picture, good job. It is important to have a good equipment, but even mor is to have a good eye. You have it (eye), becouse you know to chuse a moment. Bravo

This was a great first post Sebnem..Very good sharpness and details..your work is impressive! TFS

hello:) really great shot:) I like watching first posts:) really u are good:) professional work:) exellent colours:) great POV:)

I love it:)


Wonderful photo, in my younger years, when I had hair, I looked like this many mornings..laughing. Great gallery of photos you have here...

Hello Sebnem,
WOW, but she looks like a lady with a hat on like they used to wear in the last centuary (or is it my imagination?:)) such a beautiful capture, sharp with lots of details in the features and the eyes. I am still practicing to get sharpness like that.



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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-22 9:51]

Sebnem bonjour, je ne connaissais pas ce shot !! Il est splendide pour une premiére photo sur TN et cela continue !! Mes félicitations. Didier.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-11-03 22:47]

Muito bonita ave...!!! Uma excelente foto, muito boa macro, bom retrato.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-11 3:10]

Hi Sebnem.
great close-up, alls is nice colors,contrast composition, details, is excellent alls yours portraits.

Hi Sebnem,
Good details and colours... and a beautiful bird

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-20 9:37]

Very interresting bird ! Good technique, it's sharp and well composed. I love the blue eye ! TFS


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  • PerR Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 2 N: 16] (99)
  • [2006-01-22 14:33]

Hi Sebnem
This is a great photo, very sharp and clear and good colours.
Very well done


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-01-26 10:26]

Hello Sebnem!

Nice sharp and well exposed image.
Normally we do not center head in the picture, but here you took a right decision.
Moving head to right would have cut his hairstyle ;o)
And moving left wouldn't have left enough room in front of its eyes.
So here a centered subject is the only logical and artistic alternative.
Excellent work and TFS.

Hi Sebnem!
Very nice portrait,beautiful . Nice capture with good colors, POV, framing and detail you have caught.Well done.

I love the hat dew77!
Very sharp picture lots of detail.
Excellent work!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-18 17:00]

Hi Sebnem
Great colors and details, beautiful and colorful bird.Nice composition and excellent Sharpness.
Well done.

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  • Remig Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 16] (133)
  • [2006-04-14 11:48]

excellent shot with great color and DOF. It is wonderful to see the eyes of this magnificent bird. Great job.

I can see all the details:)
Excellent shot, colors,sharpness.....
Thanks Ana:)

telli turna harika görünüyor
taçtaki altın tonların baskınlığı hissedilse daha iyi olacakmış

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-21 8:37]

Hi sebnem, nice portrait with clear sharp details and excellent colours. Well done and TFS.


I also posted one of these this last week. I like the close composition, POV, DOF, BG and sharpness of the pic. TFS,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-08-07 14:47]

selam sebnem
TN'deki ilk cekim ama hic de yeni ceken gibi diil ;)
poz, bakis acisi, renkler, netlik, arka plan, detaylar ve fotograf notu hep ayni titizligi gosteriyor. eline saglik

Hello Sebnem,
You picked a funny guy for your first posting!
But still a good image with very fine tech & artistic qualities...
Great details, funny hairdo and well done!
Pablo -

Brilliant shot, even to me who usually dislike zoo pictures.
Colors, composition, sharpness, POV are all perfect. The bird itself was also beautiful.

Hello Sebnem,
I like this crystal clear eye and natural colors. Very nice composition, exposure,and sharpness. A beautiful portrait of Black-crowned Crane.

Hi Sebnem, great portrait in your first photo, wonderful colors, splendid details vey well done, BRAVA!
Ciao Silvio

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-21 17:07]

Merhaba Sebnem,
Great Black-crowned Crane portrait with great pov,dof,colors,pose,note,blurred bg and focus.TFS
Sizede Mutlu Yillar:)

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-01-29 15:39]

I am very impressed by your portfolio, and I was curious to see your first posting on TN. Indeed, this one too is masterfully executed with perfect framing and exposure. Well done Sebnem.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-14 12:24]

Hi, Sebnem.
Amazing first shot – the beginning of glorious way as a TN member. Thank you for all, for your pictures and liberality.

I like excellent details of all features of this beautiful bird, vibrant colours and nice BG. My heart wishes and TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-25 5:54]

Hi Sebnem,
your first ever post!!
Excellant shot with brilliant colours and details.
Well done,

Right from the start you showed yourself as a "promising" photographer.
A great composition.
Finely defined details.
Great notes too.
You are truely a great force for the young TN enthusiasts. At least, you were for me. Not that I'm young; I'm 70. But I learnt a lot from you.
Greetings from Canada from,

Hi Sebnem
Nice subject captured with good POV and colours. The composition is nice, but maybe it would be good to move the bird a bit out of centre. Its a pity that you cut some of his feathers, but anyway I like your photo.
It's very good that you "feel desire" ;-)

Miss your great work, Sebnem! You were the best when you were there.
Can't tell you how nostalgic I feel as I write this comment on your first picture on TN.
As ever, you were just outstanding from your very first shot.
Hope you are happy and doing well.

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