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You looking at me punk?!

You looking at me punk?!
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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED, Digital RAW, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-13 14:20
Viewed: 3862
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi guys!

This is from the zoo and Jose-Miguel tells me it is a King Vulture. He gave me a great look when he tipped his head to the side!

As the birds were in an enclosure the cage behind him was slightly visible but I have removed it in PP.

Handed in an important assignment today, need to relax now!

Camera: D200
Aperture: F7.1
Shutter: 1/320
Focal length: 240mm
ISO 100
Weather: Fine
WB: Auto
Time: 12.27pm 01/03/07

PP: Crop, sharpened, clone stamp, frame.

Sorry for short note I have a big headache.
Thanks for looking and any critiques you offer.

Alex99, ramthakur, jaycee, Necipp, lovenature, extramundi, dew77, Adanac, marhowie, Ken52, coasties, Jamesp, horia, snowfalken, Tamrock, nainnain has marked this note useful
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bonjour simon
comme je ne vais pas trouver grand chose a redire sur cette photo extraordinaire,haute en couleur avec details superbes,je vais juste chipoter sur les serres qui sont coupées!
mais vraiment toutes mes felicitations.

I think that your hat is giving you a headache, lol! This is a very stunning picture of this bird that might be an American King Vulture (I think that Jose Miguel has one in his gallery) ??? Colors and details are amazing. You did great PP work and this look he is giving you is very special! I like its pose a lot. The frame is a little tight but it is very nice anyway :-) Thanks,

Hi Simon,
What an awesome photo. The expression is really human like and in your face. The details you captured are excellent. The exposure is spot on and the colors are simply awesome. It feels like the eyes are looking straight through me.

Sorry to read you got a major headache. I have them myself as well, so I know what you are going through....take care

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-13 14:35]

Hi Simon,

A very nice shot,well captured with good colors and sharpness,I like the funny expression he gives us,well done and TFS


Delightful caption to this very funny capture of an exotic looking bird. Simon.
It is the tilt of the head that does it.
It appears as if the bird is showing its tongue instead of the beak:-)!
Great image in terms of technical excellence too.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-13 14:41]

Hi Simon,

Awesome!!! The pose and expression are priceless. Great colors and details also. You did a fantastic job removing the cage. Love it!!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-13 14:42]

Hi Simon.
It's really great picture of this amazing bird. Everything is perfect at this shot: lighting, rich colours, fantastic sharpness and details of all features of this beautiful bird. I also like your very impressive cropping and captured moment. Bravo and best wishes.

Hi Simon,
Wonderful expression of this beautiful bird!
Perfect sharpness, detail and colors.


A good tip; When taking images at the zoo follow your animal image with a pic of their ID, that way you'll always have a record of what you've taken.
Lots of detail, and good vibrant colours. Not sure if the tight crop and frame work for me, just my (humble) opinion :o)
Thakns for posting.

Nice shot Simon very fine detail and great pose captured just a little claw crop but rest is superb Will have to do a trip to the zoo not been for a couple of yrs. Well done rgds Necip.

Funny Hat you have on your profile! I have the same one in Red... LOL

A interesting and unique pose this bird is giving you. I think it gives this guy more character. Excellent detail and lighting.
TFS Janice

Hi Simon,

A lovely picture. Nice colours, funny attitude and perfect DOF.


Nice pose, nice colours, lighting is harsh causing the beak shadow, but has been well exposed. Only nit to pick at is the cut off toe nails, and maybe that hard line across the back. i wonder if it would have been possible to get a touch lower to lose that line and still keep the bird's interest, plus zooming out a tad to get the talons in.

Hi Simon.
This frontal shot has a very strong composition.
The guy has a very comical look with the pose you managed :)
Nice colours, details and I like the tight crop filling the frame and the presentaion too. Nice work. TFS.
Regards, Felipe.

Hello Simon.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-13 16:23]

Photo is excellent, Simon. Excellent exposure and detail. Can't help laughing though: the way it's looking and your title... TFS. Best wishes,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-13 16:43]

Hello Simon,
Wonderful capture.POV,clear details,sharpnesss,colors,framing and composition are excellent.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-13 18:02]

Hi Simon,
Absolutely exceptional details and colors bring this vulture alive in front of our eyes, thanks for sharing.

wow !!! congratulations for that impressive capture, funny title for a funny expression !!! perfect colors, light and sharpness... well done, good job !!!
best regards

This one has that special POV & pose..
The title is perfect, great quality photo.
Very well done.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-13 23:39]

The exposure, details, and colors are amazing in this very professional photo of a unique subject. Great eye contact and nice pose of bird. I like the title!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-14 0:01]

I love this one, Simon,
The expression, and the look he is giving you, is just priceless.
Excellent sharpness and exposure. Beautiful colors on that head of his.
Very interesting POV showing his crop in front dead center.
Subject is beautifully well-isolated from the brilliant blue sky.
TFS. : )

Hope your training to be a teacher is going well.
It is very hard work... but incredibly rewarding.
Best wishes from one who has taught little ones for over 30 years. : )

Hi Simon

Congrats on an excellent shot. Excellent pose. Nicely composed with good clear detail and nicely saturated colours. :-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-14 3:41]

Hi Simon

Nice sharp shot - great light and detail. Maybe the crop on the sides is a little close, but maybe you had no choice?

I have seen these in the wild twice - once in Venezuela and once in Peru - but not close. I had no idea there were any in London Zoo.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-14 6:29]

Hi Simon

Firstly: Get well soon! Hope it's nothing serios...

Now for the shot: (are you hearing the applause?) ;)

This is really fantastic! The pose this lovely and impressive vulture gave you is just brilliant and you seazed it 100%.
The tilted head is really extraordinary!
The details everywhere (head, beak, plumage) are outstanding and the colors came out superbly and very nicely saturated.
Also the framing works very nice and the simle composition is great - focusing all the attention on him.
You did very good in removing the cage behind him...this way it's a lot more beautiful, i'm sure, and it definitely has a more natuaral look.

One more thing: did you notice he has one of his toes lifted...just like those old imatient...well...teachers comes to mind, but not only, that are waiting for you to respond :))

Anyway, BRAVO!!! and TFS

Hi Simon,
Very good the pose captured here!
I like so much the expression on the bird, you really took good advantage of it to build this picture.
For the ID, this is a king vulture, you can see more info of it in my gallery.
You took the best of the bird with this vertical composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
Me best regards,

Hello Simon,

Woooof! I've just finished writing a critique in Romanian and one in German and just realized I'm much more comfortable writing in English. Although they are my first two languages, it's a pain to write critiques in other languages than English.
At the beginning I thought that you framed this guy too tight! But, funny, considering the tilted head and the thick black frame, it looks to me like I am inside of a small box and the vulture is looking at me asking me what am I doing inside! The sky makes a great background and there are no distracting objects in the picture. The direct eye contact is visually engaging and makes this shot more interesting!
Technically speaking, this is a high quality picture with amazing details and well saturated colors! Exposure and contrast are also very good! Good job! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

hello simon!
hahaha great one!
really like the pose and
the fine quality!
good work!

voici une photo que je n' avais pas vu mais qui me fait sourire car on croirait qu'il tire la langue
oh, je dois avoir trop d' imagination!!!!sinon la photo es t super et de tres belles couleurs.

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