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Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher
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Copyright: Alptekin Kutlu (alois) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikkor 500 mm f:4.0 D
Exposure: f/4, 1/1500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-14 8:44
Viewed: 5276
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Okavango Delta - Botswana
Pied kingfisher just raised out of water with a new prey. This scene was one of the most challenging moments I've dealt with.
Alptekin Kutlu
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-14 8:48]

Hello Alptekin!
Incredible in flight shot.Moment you caught,blurred BG,POV,clear details and eyes,POV,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!TFS...:-)

fantastic picture of motion. very well caught.

Wouh !!
Very nice capture in flight.
I really like it.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-09-14 9:22]

very nice capture.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-09-14 10:00]

yes Alptekin,
It is a fantastic capture you made here, I see it as a great reflex from you and your camera, very good details, nice in pov, very good job.
gr. Jaap

The most challenging and probably the most rewarding: it is a totally beautiful shot. To squeeze that trigger at exactly the right time and the right spot: chapeau!

I don't have enough time to write a decent comment ;) but the big smiley is, no doubt, well deserved here :)

//It's superb shot with beautiful colours and very good details//

Very well done Alptekin, its amazing capture with excellent timing and composition. Fish in the mouth is a big bonus. With such shallow DOF you did great to hit the sweet spot with focus on the head. 8/10 Very well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-09-14 12:21]

Superbe prise de vue sur cet oiseau en vol.Le sujet est bien arrêté et le Bg le fait bien ressortir.


Superb action shot! I liked DOF, details and composition very much. TFS.

Very great capture Alptekin !
this tiny DOF is impressive
TFS, Laurent

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-09-14 17:57]

Very good in-flight, excellent timing, and a beautiful subject. VEry well done! Suggest to up the saturation a bit, the grey water area at the bottom could do with a bit less grey (or maybe just a bit more contrast, or darker, don't know).

Congratulations! What a great feeling to get that shot, after so many attempts! Nicely done. Question, why did you have your aperature set so open. It seems like you could have had more flexibility in getting your focus on with even a slightly greater aperature.

wanting to learn...

Wonderful action shot! Nice colors, beautiful background. Great POV and good details. Very well done! TFS

Fantastic picture of motion very very nice capture in flight.Cong

Very good capture, in-flight with prey, great stuff. I like the POV and the position of the wings, lucky you, well done.

Sorry, not time to do a proper critique as I am running late for work, but enough time to see that this is an excellent shot with good detail. TFS.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-15 22:48]

Hi Alptekin,
What a nice action shot, very well done i like the colours & light, dof & pov are great.

Greetings from Canada,

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 0 N: 657] (2557)
  • [2005-12-19 7:14]
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Just an Awesome Pic! TFS. Sheriff

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-28 11:00]

Hi Alptekin,

Incredible sharp for an actionshot. The details you show us are great.


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