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Garza Blanca

Garza Blanca
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 10:40
Viewed: 9000
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 162
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I took this picture last saturday, in one of the artificial ponds in "Parque del Este", Caracas, Venezuela.
It was about noon, brilliant sun and blue skies.

And this birds were enjoying the good weather also, because they remained at the top of the tree during a tiring looooong time…finally -and fortunate for my arms- one of them flew to the ground, and this is the moment in which the bird lift off from the branch and begins their short flight.
Hope you like it.

Handheld with IS, auto focus and shooting in continuous mode, crop, sharpen, and resized.

Garza Blanca or Great Egret in English
Ardea alba

A large white heron, the Great Egret is found across much of the world, from southern Canada southward to Argentina, and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It's the largest egret in the Old World, and thus has garnered the name Great White Egret. But in the Americas, the white form of the Great Blue Heron is larger and warrants that name. In the United States, the Great Egret used to be called the American Egret but that was hardly appropriate, since the species range extends beyond America and indeed farther than other herons.

The ideal location for great egrets is near any form of water. Streams, lakes, ponds, mud flats, saltwater and freshwater marshes are inhabited by this beautiful bird. Wooded swamps and wetlands are the preferred location for great egrets and other heron species.
Great egrets are less then 1 meter long from bill to tail, 1 meter tall, have a wingspan of 1.5 meters, and weigh about 912 to 1140 g. On average, males are larger than females. They are completely white with a long yellow bill and dark gray legs. During flight their neck is usually in an “S” shaped curve. They are very elegant birds with plumage resembling lace.

Great egrets are very territorial when it comes to courtship, nesting and feeding. They are diurnal feeders and at dusk they gather from surrounding areas to form communal roosts. Post-breeding dispersal is very common among great egrets. After the young hatch, they accompany the adults on long journeys. Many heron species rob other species in order to obtain more food. Great egrets steal a very high percentage of their food from other smaller herons.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: Ardea alba



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To valy67: Merci beaucoup!JoseMiguel 1 02-23 07:31
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hi jose,
what a timing,
ypu got the moment just right,
well composed shot,
the white birds look great against blue sky,
well done,
tfs & regards

bonjour josé miguel
bravo pour cet envol reussi avec une bonne exposition,la netteté est tres bonne egalement.
belles couleur pour le ciel.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-07 11:14]

Hi Jose, BRAVO.
Great in flight shot with amazing captured subject and moment. Brilliant colour palette, fantastic quality of reproduction white colour tones of the bird plumage. Expressiveness and composition id simply outstanding. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Jose
Very nice shot of Great Egret,
Perfect moment to shoot,Great
lighting and colors,Excellent.


Hello Jose,
This is really wonderful picture. The timing is impeccable. The leaping bird is well in focus and beautifully show against blue sky. Congratulations,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-07 11:38]

Hi Jose,

Fantastic shot of the egret in motion. The one on the tree adds to the picture. Sharp, beautiful colors and details. TFS.


Nice moment captured with a good composition good sky background well timed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-07 12:15]

Bon réflexe. Magnifique envol.
Bonne journée.

WE all get lucky sometime being there at the right time great shot nice compo colors

Esto es a lo que se llama cogida al vuelo. Muy buenos detalles y estupendo el fondo del cielo que hace que resalte bastante las siluetas de las aves.
Muy bonita.
Saludos, JL.

Good snapshot Jose.

I think the lightning is good, composition interesting. Very well done. tfs.Stev

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-07 13:29]

Hi Jose

Great POV giving the fantastic angle and the blue sky as the BG. I love the look of the bird launching off into the sky and the other bird just looking on. Perfect timing! Wonderful composition



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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-07 13:58]

Hi Jose.
This is beautiful in-flight shot.Nice composition with very impressive POV.Colours and details are excellent.Splendid blue sky.
Well done perfect caught moment.Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

hi Jose,
splendid image difficult exercise with all these white but you arrived had a perfect command of a very beautiful clearness and cheer composition

Hi Jose Miguel superb composition with two Ardea alba in great pose, wonderful colors, great sharpness and lovely details, BELLISSIMA! very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose,
Great in flight shot,
beautiful composition and sharpness!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-07 15:35]

Hola Jose Miguel
¡Qué espléndida imagen has captado! ¡Qué bien que tuviste la paciencia suficiente! Me encanta la postura que le has pillado a esa preciosa garza. Magnífica composición y color.
Excelente trabajo.

Hola José Miguel,
Espectacular escena has retratado! Me gusta la acción plasmada en ella. Muy bonita composición, además del salto al vacío de la garza me gusta la luz y el punto de vista inferior.
Muy bien 10!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-07 15:51]

Excelente captura en acción estimado amigo con gran manejo de la cámara y principalmente de la compensación de blancos que brindan detalles del plumaje blanco tan difícil de retratar.
Una agradable composición a partir del punto de vista captado y el encuadre que elegiste, con el tronco asomando por el vértice de la escena y aprovechando el imponente cielo azul de fondo.
Un gran abrazo... Ricardo

Hola Jose Miguel,
Preciosa y oportuna toma muy dinámica, la nitidez, composición y fondo son muy agradables. Saludos

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-02-07 16:18]

Bonita foto José,gostei muito do foco,aqui tem muita destas aves mais elas são muito arisca quando chega perto elas voam precisaria uma 400mm para capturar,por isso que dou os parabéns.Valeu mesmo.

Hello Jose,
Excellent timing on this one..
Nice sharpness, detail, exposure, and DOF.
Lovely blue sky BG.
I like the composition, with the second egret watching the take-off :)
Very well done & TFS!

hi josé
un duo superbe, une netteté parfaite
bravo pour ce bel envol

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-02-07 18:33]

Hola Jose Miguel, una captura muy buena, la pillaste justo a tiempo, la composición, encuadre y la luz, perfectos. Saludos Sira

Hello Jose Miguel,
This is a well timed capture with excellent control on exposure on the white, perfect shutter speed to freeze this movement well. This composition and POV are great. You let enough place for this bird to flight. I also like the contrast of the white against this beautiful blue BG. Everything is so superbly well done here, congratulations! Thanks,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-08 7:53]

Hello Jose Miguel,
the long wait was worth it, you timed it well and captured the bird in wonderful flying pose.
You had an excellent POV and the light was in the right place to allow such wonderful exposure on the white. Details sharpness and colors are very nice.
Well done.

Hello Jose,

well capture on thi excllent action shot, well composed and details are crisp excllent colors bg POV DOF excllent Job

TFS Kyle

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-08 9:33]

bonjour José,
très bonne image sur fond bleu, les cigognes ce détachent d'autant mieux. Bel instant décisif qui nous plonge dans l'action.


Hi JM,
Very nice shot of Great Egret, perfect moment
and you do the best.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-02-08 12:47]

Hi Hose,

perfect timing and well worth wait! Positioning of the tree is great too. well done!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-08 13:17]

Hello Jose,
A very well-timed in-flight shot! Very nice lighting and the details are sharp and the colours are beautiful. Very nicely cropped.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-08 14:05]

Hola José Miguel,
Soberbio momento capturado con absoluta nitidez y bellos colores. Magnífica composición.
Saludos, José M.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-08 15:25]

That's perfect timing. Excellent sharpness and framing. Congratulations.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-08 22:06]

Hello Jose

A great moment captured,nice timing.The egret seems to just dive into flight.Nicely composed with good POV.Very fine details and natural colours.Well Done.TFS


Salut Jose Miguel
Excellente photo,les détails sont bon et l'éclairage parfait de ces deux belles aigrettes des neige ,elles sont superbes.Bravo pour la
belle compositions.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-09 9:00]

Hi Jose Miguel

Another splendid shot from you and your great little S3 :p
I guess your patience payed off eventually and you managed to catch this amazing take-off!
These white egrets are indeed lovely and gracefull bird, so this is a charming capture!
The details here are very nice and the contrast between the white birds and that splendid blue sky is terrific!
I also like the intersting shape of the branch (tree) they are (were) sitting one...looks like Neptune's trident :))
Lovely colors, good exposure and wonderful composition.

Bravo, my friend and TFS

Excellent capture, you captured both with good detail and exposure, you were prepared!


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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-02-10 2:59]

Hi Jose,
superb shot.I like the egret´s wings, illuminated with the sunshine.Its very good that you were waiting until it flew dovn, so we can see it in the flying pose.Perfect job.
Best wishes,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-10 3:25]

Hello Miguel,
Very good work ! impressive colors and composition ! Thanks for sharing.

Hi Jose,
You managed the bright light very well in this excellent shot. The white plumage is really good with nice detail. Very well composed and framed. Sharp detail and the action is frozen perfectly!

Me next!
What a moment of graceful action you have frozen here with your nimble fingers, Jose Miguel!
The white bird stretched to the limit in its take-off position looks wonderful against the blue sky.
The overall composition is also first rate.
Best regards,

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-10 12:35]

what a jump!Nice take off,well exposed white Egret!!nice Blue sky you got here..

Hi Jose,
Great in-flight capture! Good lighting and sharpness (even for a continuous mode shot).
The divergent branches of the tree seem to have "launched" the flying egret in the air (there's also some "smoke" in the lower left corner :D ) and this adds a burst of energy to the whole composition.
Thanks for shooting :)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-02-12 2:28]

Hi Jose,

Congratulations with your first 1000 points, very lovely depart of this splendid birds, exactly a boeing plane. A very nice detailed picture. Very well done!

Best regards,

Hi my dear friend Jose ,
great image with excellent composition.
nice colors and sharpness.
lovely moment from flying.
very well capturd.
thanks and regards my dear friend

Wow, this one got you a lot of well earned points, Jose. It is a great action shot with good exposure on all that white.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-13 16:29]

Hola Amigo José, sigo mal de tiempo, en esta sociedad de tantos adelantos, lo que mas nos gusta es lo que menos disfrutamos, pero en este lugar, TN. es una buena terapia, contra es estrés.
Un buen momento, una original captura, excelentes detalles y pov.
el bello cielo y el blanco de la garza una combinación preciosa, saludos

Belle photo, bien nette,bonne luminosité,beaucoups de détails belle coloration. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Jose,
Wonderful moment you've captured here.
Timing is great.
Nice and clear shot.
Well done

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-02-14 10:22]

Hola Jose, elegancia y belleza en esta foto, eres un maestro de la fotografia! Saludos.

Oh hooooo..truely a 100+ points picture. What a capture!! and that too with a S3 IS. S2 or S# IS have problems of focusing and its very diificult to capture flying bird. You have achived a nice action shot here. The focus is perfect.Excellant shape of its neck. I like the feathers on wing border which are lightened coz of sunlight. White colors looks so preity on blue background. Excellant capture.


Hello José Miguel,
what an elegant, powerful capture of quintessential message and beauty - you have been very well awarded for your patience. Congratulations, and thank you!
With best regards,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-15 18:08]

hello jose
point of view, colours, lighting and details (especially on the wing) are great. i like timing, dynamic composition and informative note.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-16 14:32]

Hi Jose Miguel,
Having been away last week I just discover this fantastic shot. It seems that you have to be quite patient to be successful, but the result is great. I like this kind of vivid picture, out of life.
Best regards

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-02-17 11:06]

a timely shot...and the static bird adds the contrast to the moving one..
good lighting and detail..i can see the eye and feather detail well

Jose Miguel,
This is a perfect action shot!
Impressive freeze in the bird, and the good light gives both great sharp details and good colours...
Well framed situation, presented in this pleasant composition!
Attractive colours...
Pablo -

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-17 23:07]

José, this is great.

The dof you got by using f/3.5 is surprising.

Besides, excellent exposure and contrast.

An excellent job; congratulations.

Hola Jose,
Superbly capturing this flying white egret.
Sharp and nice details.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

wow great shot! Love the action shot of the beautiful bird in flight. Love the bright blue sky and the sharpness of the photo. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo "Wait for me! " :o)

Hola Jose !
I have just discovered your wonderful gallery, I love each and every picture you have here on TN ! But this is one of the most beautiful, you have captured a great moment. Details, colors, composition, POV, pose of the birds, everything is perfect. A real pleasure for the eye. Congratulations !

This is one of the best action shots that i have seen. It has everything that a good photograph should have like composition with directional space, undisturbed BG and correct exposure. This will go as one of my favourites
Goutham R

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-02-23 11:40]

Beautiful shot of this egret pair. Great job with dificult task of not overexposing the bright white in the sun. Excellent composition, action, and beautiful blue sky.

Bonjour Jose
Très bonne prise, bonne exposition, netteté couleurs. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-03-03 19:36]

Hi Jose. I like the clarity and timing of this shot very much. It is good how one bird remains and one flies off into TN!. Very good steadiness for a handheld photo. TFS. Murray.

Great moment! Just perfect.. a bird taking flight. You managed great sharpness and compo..
Very nice white against the blur sky.

Impresionante toma desde buena perspectiva ( a veces a uno le gustaría estar mas alto jeje)
Bonito el movimirnto del ave al lanzarse al vacío; lo mejor las patas aún abiertas al dejar el tronco. Buen conjunto.
Saludos: Ignasi

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  • Charo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 39] (456)
  • [2007-04-11 11:03]

Hola Jose,
Pocas fotos, pero buenas...
Estupenda captura la de estas garzas, un momento irrepetible con una excelente luz y definición
Saludos cordiales

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-05-04 15:07]

hola José Miguel

has capturado a esta pareja de garzas en una posición muy interesante, sobre todo la garza que está empezando a volar+



Hi Jose,
wonderful timing, good moment. action and colors very nice. TFS
best wishes

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-24 17:20]

Hola Jose Miguel!
This is a magnifficent dynamic shot of a beautiful large bird. Focus is remarkable, colours - too.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-06-27 10:03]

Hola Jose Miguel,

Wow! You just press the button at the right moment! I'm always fascinated by the fact that our Great Egreet we have here in Quebec may have flown as fas as in Venezuela for wintering...

Your picture is great with that lovely blue sky complimenting so well the egret!

Great shot and TFS,


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-08-04 1:55]

An exceeeellent shot Dear Jose! The smooth jump (or should I say slide) to the nice, soft wind is very well captured in the shot. Magical moments in a bird's life that we miss a lot!

hi jose,
Very nice shot in action good colors and sharpness in this compo

Hi Jose,
This is a little like my capture of the Corella, however it is certainly of much better quality. The whit of the Egret's against the glorious blue of the sky looks just superb. Very impressive.

Great shot of the egret in motion. Sharp,and very good details. Really looks good ageist the blue sky.

Hi Jose,

Wonderful pic. YES, this is definitely a VERY likable picture. Good work. And before I forget, you have done a great job with the notes as well.

Tfs, Kiran

Hi Jose,
this is a good action photo of these birds,showing good colour and focus,the details are not as fine as your normal shots but it is not always easy getting detail in white subjects such as these birds.I have yet to see these birds for real and sometimes they are found here in Canada.Thanks for sharing these two. Bob

hi jose!
A great capture with a
nice situation!
sharp and well exposed!
good work!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-27 4:39]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Your timing was very good. I liked the pose you captured a lot. Very nice action shot with a good POV and composition. TFS

Hey JM,
I cant start to describe what's best about this shot since everything is awesome!
Thank you so much!

Hola José,
Has cogido el momento adecuado para obtener éste resultado tan lindo.
Gracias por compartir. Saludos. Ferran

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