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Balearica regulorum

Balearica regulorum
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-26 7:26
Viewed: 3227
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Check my other pictures concerning this shooting for place and weather and so forth. The latter was very unpredictable. Rain, sun, cloudy, cold,...that kind of stuff.
Here apparently the sun came through...high contrast in generally spoken low light conditions makes it a bit (read: too much) underexposed in the shadows. Gert already critiqued that one.
On the other hand and to continue my critique on my pic, I find the rather strong light and BG attractive.

The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although it nests in somewhat wetter habitats.

There are two subspecies. The East African B. r. gibbericeps (Crested Crane) occurs from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo through Uganda, of which it is the national bird, and Kenya to eastern South Africa. It has a larger area of bare red facial skin above the white patch than the smaller Balearica regulorum regulorum (South African Crowned Crane) which breeds from Angola south to South Africa.

This species and the closely related Black Crowned Crane are the only cranes that can roost in trees, because of a long hind toe that can grasp branches. 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.

Shooting Date/Time
1/01/2007 14:42:54
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To claudine: Hi Claudine,vanderschelden 4 01-26 21:53
To marhowie: Hi Howard!vanderschelden 2 01-26 18:33
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Hi Annick.
a nice shot aof this beautiful crane, The hairdo is amazing.
Maybe it's a a bit UE, there is no much details in the black parts. Good details and nice colours.
Well done.

Hi Annick.I like colours. The nice warm colour of the bird and also the warm nature of the picture works with the softness. tfs. stev

Hi Annick ,
great focus and details.
very well composition.
great sharpness.
well captured.
thanks and regards

Nice capture. I like the satured colours, DOF and the sharpness...


Hello Annick,

Excllent Job, Perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo excllent colors BG POV DOF well done

TFS Kyle Kyle

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-26 9:36]
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Hi Annick

The bird that combs its hair with 220 volt. The crowned crane is not called like that for nothing as its name carries a dual purpose IMHO. One, to identify the obvious crown on its head and two, easily the best looking of all cranes giving it the title “Mr. Crane of the world”.

I tend to fancy the darkish outcome of this photo as to me it does not matter that the body was UE. The interesting result as far as the rest is more what captures my liking. The slight backlight made for a wonderful lining of light all around the edges of the crane plus a burst of light on the crown and I think it also aided in enriching the colours. The details are spot-on and the BG is very complimentary.

So, well done and TFS.

bonjour annick
très jolie prise de vue bonne composition et couleurs et une bonne netteté bravo


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-26 11:18]

Hello ANnick,
I love these Cranes, they're so elegant and your shot is really illustrating their immense beauty! WOnderful sharp profile and lovely colours. Great lighting and the brownish background is perfect.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-26 12:05]

Hi Annick,

And what beauty parlor does this Crane go to? Beautiful creature and lovely picture although I find it a little too dark.



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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-01-26 12:34]

Very beautiful hairdo..Nice details&lovely composition.

Hello Annick,
Gee wiz, Loot has made some very astute observations. I'll just borrow em' today :)
Gotta go,
Well done mf.

hi annick!
this is a very beautiful bird!
really sharp and with fine pow
good work!

Hi Annick,
Perfect bird portrait,
the composition,sharpness and dof first class,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-26 16:59]

Genial retrato, bellos detalles, y genial saturación de colores, muchos saludos Annick, buuen fin de semana

Stunning - simply stunning!
Well taken...

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-01-27 4:36]

This is a splendid portrait of a fantastic bird. I like the lighting and the soft fading colours in the background very much.
The pose of the bird is also very attractive.
It think that the crop makes it even more interesting.
Good camera and computer work, TFS!

Hello Annick,
I like this composition and great colors. Details are very good too. Like it has been said before, I also think it is a little dark in the black areas but it is a minor nit. I love the way its head's feathers reflect light :) Thanks,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-27 19:35]

Hi Annick,
Another excellent portrait, with all the technical aspects being spot on.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-27 20:33]

Hello Annick

A beautiful image of this Grey Crowned Crane.The colours are very vivid and bold.Excellent DOF and POV,the details are sharp and clear,and the blurred BG makes a very nice backdrop.Very well composed.TFS


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