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For you my love ...

For you my love ...
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Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 500mm f4L
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/3000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I-, workshops photos with minimum 3 points, Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-11 17:38
Viewed: 4805
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
So, this is my latest obsession ...

These guys are addictive. The male has started feeding the female. He is flying to feed her in this shot.

I sat in the hot, hot, hot sun for about 2 hrs waiting for the right time. Did not want to scare them, so no umbrella ... I thought sadly of the uneven tan I was getting .. however, remorse was punctuated by moments of sheer panic hoping that I had not missed them ...

Ofcourse, right at this time, the sun went behind the clouds. I lost focus on the legs .. but I can live with it. I got another shot which I will post tomorrow - but that was all I got, other than a frightful, uneven tan ... but totally worth it! These guys wont be here for long so I plan to get them as long as they grace my backyard.

What amazing beauty in the wings ... had no idea just how amazing they were until I looked at this shot ...

Thanks for looking!

PS: Yes, Harry, you're right .. many kudos to my camera and lens which do all the work, while I whine about the heat, sun and getting tanned ... and try not to drop everything when jumping when bugs get onto me ... so much for sitting quietly ...

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Hi Liezel,
First critique from me for such a beautiful bird. Excellent color and action. focus and details wonderful. composition, DOF and POV very nice. thanks
best wishes

Hi Liezel

Wow, what a beautiful bird and a magnificent capture. Those are just amazing colours and it just once again shows how nature can play with colours and makes a spectacular success out a combination which no fashion-conscious lady or designer would touch powder-blue, tan, and white. It surely was worth your uneven tan.

The composition is great although I would have tend to crop a little more at the bottom, but that is just a matter of personal taste. As mentioned the colours are absolutely stunning. The details are fine, but I am convinced you could have pushed the USM just a tad more to sort out the soft focus on the legs and simultaneously bring out a little more detail in the plumage. The BG is pure magic and the exposure was spot-on. You really managed to freeze the wonderful moment with the shutter speed at 1/3000 and obtained great DOF from the f/6.3 aperture setting.

Great shot and TFS.

PS. I have done a quick workshop just to experiment with some of the issues I mentioned above. I hope you like it.

Una fotografia perfecta... el titulo tambien es muy bueno. Es increible que lograras inmovilizar y enfocar a la vez.

Buen trabajo


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-11 20:17]

A most beautiful shade of blue. Amazing focus and details for in-flight. Wonderful DOF and capture of a nice moment in nature.

Hi Liezel,
Excellent action shot!
Well focused, great timing.
Sharp and neat image.


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-11 22:01]

great catch but the bird is just a bit soft. i'd sharpen it a bit. great DOF good colors

amazing pic, TFS Ori

Hi Liezel
An outstanding picture of a colourful bird. As you said the colour of the wings are just amazing. DOF and POV are very good.

B & E

Hi Liezel,
Wonderful action shot of this bird! Great details of the plumage and wonderful shades of blue and fawn. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

A superb action image Liezel, I think the wait and the uneven tan were worth is. This bird is just so beautiful. I am very impressed with your effort.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-12 3:03]

Truly, truly amazing, Liezel.
The colors are just gorgeous, and the feathers in the wings are shown with such crisp details. A fantastic pose of flight.
The worm in the beak makes this a special moment caught.
TFS. : )

very very nice...

Hi Liezel,
Beautiful image in terms of quality in flight, compo,...
A tad more sharpness in head area would made it a stunner!
Well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-12 8:26]

Hi Liezel. Your wait was worth it. what a good in flight shot. great colours and detail showing the wing of well. with food as well great timing. verty well done TFS, good notes to.

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  • Music (40)
  • [2007-06-12 10:09]

Wonderful colors !!!

Oh my God!!!!!!
Ive never seen such a great photo like yours, it has moviment, colors, wow.....it takes my breath away!!!
Congratulations...you deserve all compliments!!!

Dear regards


Hello Liezel,
Great shot vivid colors very sharp and well composed perfect blurry BG TFS regards/Lawhill

Hi Liezel!
Very beautiful and colourful picture with perfect timing and DOF! I like also the title - very good for this photo :)
Many thanks for showing this splendid picture and best withes from Poland,

Very well caught in a beautiful instant and with hues really original...

Wow Liesel,

This is incredibly good. You had such a good shutter speed, and the results are there to see. I love it. Very well done.


Hi Liezel,
you have nice neighbourhood , and careful.
This picture is beautiful, so as his colours and expression.
Every would want such.
TFS and best wishes.

Alutka (I use translator)

Hi Liezel,
Another beautiful capture, stunning colours, nice frozen action, and excellent composition, well done, Rick :)

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-05 10:27]


good capture..

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