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Kestrel adult male

Kestrel adult male
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/3000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-15 15:12
Viewed: 3323
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes it happens that birds of prey are too close to have a perfect picture but I must agree that most of the time it is the other way round.
The lower wing was completely cut away and I had to find a compo to get some balance so I cut the upper wing too.
Hope you like this unusual approach

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  • Great 
  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-06-15 16:31]

Hi Tom
What an original shot. This kind of situation never happened to me or maybe only once with a Surnia ulula.The details are very sharp despite the light coming from th top. Good eye contact and perfect deep blue background.

Hi Tom,

Very nice capture of this fine Kestrel, impressive detailed sharpness with a lovely highlighted eye, unfortunately chopping the wings off is definitely a no-no, neither a portrait or a full bird shot, nevertheless a nice try but no cigar,
Best regards Tom and have a nice evening,


Hello Tom
Beautiful photo with interesting composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-06-15 23:29]

Brilliant shot. Excellent photograph.

Well Tom ...my friend, let me congratulate you for the accuracy of the focus here and for the superb balance between brightness/contrast and fine moderate colors in this frame, however I have to agree with Pauly here ... ( this never happens before ;), truly strange and unusual crop .... and this maybe seen too controversial for many, including me. I think that the beauty of this bird is in it flight.. far, far above us ... almost untouchable, and by cutting its wings some how the magic of that freedom disappears at least for me Tom! Just like seen the Kestrel in a tight cage! A big NO for me in terms of esthetics here!
George Veltchev

Hello Tom

On the bird in-flight photos i love much more
when the bird is smaller on the frame and there
is very good space to fly but with the cropping
you did of the other wing and the way you
present us this photo it saves this photo
from the trash (in my opinion), the focus
sharpness and details are superb,
i love the POV under the bird, TFS


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2011-06-17 9:22]
  • [2]

Hello Tom,

It is really a pity that the wing was cut in the orginal picture. Personnally I don't like this composition. I think I would have tried a 7x5 close-up on the head instead...

But congratulations to have it perfectly in focus! Not easy at all!!!



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