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Jump for Joy

Jump for Joy
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 21:57
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken about 5:00 in the morning in very low light. It was one of my first shots in that kind of light with that camera and lens. It was taken with 400mm lens and 800 ISO. Many of the first shots I took were very dark, as was this one. Of course this one I like the subject and composition even though there was almost more noise than picture! ManYee told me to post it anyway and it is kind of a neat shot...IMHO : ) I had to do a lot of noise reduction. It was fun trying to get shots of these great birds. I wish I had had a f2.8 lens though. I would take a few shots and walk 10 paces closer and take a few more and walk closer. They didn't fly off until I got really close.


• Sandhill cranes stand between three and four feet tall, weigh five to eight pounds, and have a wing span of six feet.
• Both sexes of adult cranes look alike. The reddish-brown color that some exhibit is the result of preening with beaks covered with iron-rich mud that stain their feathers.
• Cranes mate for life and often pair when they are three to six years old. Cranes do not compete for the same mate and sometimes have a lengthy courtship. Cranes eyes do not meet during courtship.
• A young sandhill crane is called a colt. It grows at a rate of approximately an inch a day, reaching full size in nine weeks. They are orange-brown in color for most of their first year, lack a red crown, and make a whistling call.
• Sandhill cranes can live to the age of 25 years in the wild and longer in captivity. One crane at the Washington Zoo lived to be 55 years old!
• Cranes utilize an elongated windpipe to produce "Crane Music." Their harmonious "bugling" and "trumpeting" sounds are actually distinctive calls to communicate with each other.
• Cranes have much better hearing and sight capabilities than humans.

• Cranes are the oldest living bird species and have the longest successful tenure on earth, about sixty million years. They are truly "emissaries from a distant age."
• Sandhill cranes probably get their name from the sandhills of Florida where they were first described by John James Audubon.
• Cranes are considered the most accomplished dancers in the animal kingdom


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hi evelynn,
nice capture,
lovely colours on the bg,
well composed shot,
nice pov, good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wow. This is an amazing capture, Evelynn. Great composition, too. Technically, it seems amazingly crisp. You got 1/800 in low light -- that's pretty great, even at 800 ISO. Great details in the feathers and in the grass. I don't see much noise, but there does seem to be some artifacts in the green area. Did you run this through a noise filter?

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-03 22:52]

Evelynn, everything is great here: the title, the photo...

I like sharpness, composition, pov and poses a lot.

A great moment and a great image.

Hi Evelynn,
so this is what you was talking about.
A nice picture with nice warm colours and quite good details. I like the POV and pose too.
But why 800 ISO, you could lower the ISO to at least 400 ISO or lower, you had room for it.
Well done.

beautiful pic, a little tto dark, TFS Ori

Very nice shot, good composition and good background. Bravo. Best regards Cezar T.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-04 1:59]

Hi Evelynn,
what a great display of the cranes. Allways a magnificant sight, but what I really like in your image is the colours and light. Soft tones and not too high contrast. There is some jpeg artrefacts in the green parts but that's just minor. Compliments,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-04 2:18]

Hi Evelynn.
It is a very beautiful capture these "dancing" birds.I really like your very nice composition,amazing warm colours and details too.
Very good work!TFS
Greetings Milos

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-04 3:00]

Great title for this one, Evelynn.
This shot is really a spirit-lifter.
I love those cranes, and the movements.
Cannot help but break into a big smile.
I think the details are quite fine,
and the cranes show up really well against the BG, especially the yellow grass.
Love the warm colors.
TFS. : )

Hi Evelyn
Great moment and nice capture, all is good.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-04 7:29]
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Hello Evelynn,
Great photographer + great camera = great photo ! Sincerelly I like this superb action shot. The different "poses" of the birds are nice.
I am surprised that you had noise at 800 iso, with my 350D noise is invisible at this value...
Congratulations and Happy new year !

Hello Evelynn,

Excllent work, great colors Bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, I really like the action in this shot, nice work,

TFS kyle

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-04 8:52]

Hi Evelyn,
Though it would have been nicer to have had an entirely grassy BG I would have jumped for joy if I had taken this shot. This is sharp and is a nice action shot showing typical crane behaviour. The ISO 800 is not noticeable.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

amazing shot !!!!!!!!

I like it a lot:)

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-04 11:06]

amazing capture, congratulations

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-01-04 12:31]

Hi Evelynn,
Wonderful capture of dancing cranes. Superb colours and sharpness. Excellent DOF and POV. I like the open wings and the way they dance with gay abandon. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2007-01-04 13:39]

well ive never seen anything like this before, what a cracking shot.
you may have done quite a bit of noise reduction but the lighting and the detail is great. what makes the picture for me is the way you have caught the one at the back in mid jump, head above the rest, love it

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-04 13:50]

Hola Evelynn.- Realmente exelente foto de estas aves con sus alas extendidas. Herosos colores y nitidez. Luis52.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-04 20:49]

Hello Evelynn!
It was soon but it gives great colors. Beautifull moment really well captured. TFS

Hi Evelynn

Stunning shot. Brings a smile to my face. I am pleased you posted it. Nice work. :-)

very very beautiful!
love it!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-05 8:12]

Maravillosa y divertida escena Evelynn con la exacta velocidad para congelar la imagen en plena acción.
Me gustan los colores captados con buen desenfoque y contraste con el fondo.
El punto de vista combina muy bien con el encuadre elegido conformando una bella presentación.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Wonderful and amusing scene Evelynn with the exact speed to freeze the image in full action.
I like colors captured with good out of focus and contrast with the bottom.
The point of view combines very well with the elected framing conforming a beautiful presentation.
My best greetings... Ricardo

Hi Evelynn,
ManYee was right. This is sure TN material. Eventhough the noise removal has deleted some of the details surrounding the birds. the moment and the details in the birds are perfect. I just love the different poses you captured.

Regardless on th ISO setting, the image is still fantastic and passes with flying or hopping colors in my book. When I met Laurie I would do the same courting ritual with her by hopping up and down like the cranes, to this day I now have 4 kids all the hopping paided off. :)

bonjour evelynn
j'aime beaucoup cette scene,les quatres oiseaux sont tres nette et j'aime leur atitude,cela ressemble a une querelle.
l'ensemble est bien fait.

Dear Evelynn,
The top is a bit dark; small issue.
Great treknature stuff.
Excellent capture of different poses of the subjects ...
ALL IN ONE shot. Four shots for the price of one
You are truley brilliant.
Best regards, Mario.

I like this - good shot. Sandhill cranes are a favourite of mine. Patience paid of for you/ Well done.

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