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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikor 70-200 F2.8 VR-S G
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Herons, & Egrests [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-15 14:09
Viewed: 7181
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The cattle egret is a very common SA water bird. It frequents herbivores, which acts as chasers for the insects, and these birds then catch the insects disturbed by the grazing animals. However, the breed near or on water. There is an unbelievable little wetland right in the middle of suburbia on the East Rand that I stumbled across, and it has fantastic photo opportunities. This picture was taken 100 m off the shore, knee-deep in murky water, with nasty little leeches clinging to my legs. What one will not do to get a picture? These guys fly in, then try to settle on these thin reeds. In the process, they are more off the reed than on it, flapping and moving their wings constantly, trying to get their balance. This is one picture in a series of maybe 8 that I took of this guy doing his balancing act. The D200 and the new lens opened new horizons to me – I just love my new babies.
Shooting details
Nikon D200
2005/12/31 08:46:01.7
Image Size: 750 x 526 adjusted
Lens: Nikor 70-200 F2.8 VR-S handheld
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1500 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: -0.7 EV

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Ilike teh framing of the head with the wing - nice cmposition

Hello Callie,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-15 14:36]

Hi Callie,
This is very nice shot, great POV with lovely pose,
perfect exposure, excellent detail in white.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Callie,
it's wonderful, such a pretty bird in this dramatic pose - realy a artist!
Thanks for sharing, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-15 15:27]

Reading your notes Callie, it must look like watching a ballet in motion as they try to get a steady footing on the weak reeds. This is beautifully portrayed, a wonderful composition, colours and details. Well done, TFS

A beautiful bird with the rust red chest & head feathers Callie. You've captured a wonderful pose with excellent sharpness & DOF. The exposure here reveals very good detail in the plumage also. Very well done.

Great shot. Beautiful image, uncluttered composition and nice colors. So tell me more about your new D200. That's the camera I have my eye on. What were you using before and how does it compare? TFS

The new babies has you excited I can tell. I can also see why. it's a great pose and POV. Very sharp and the colors looks good. Great shot Callie.

I tried some PP in a WS to see if I get some light onto the shadows. Please let me know what you think.

Excellent clear shot, I can only imagine how many pics you had to take to get this perfect one, well done

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-15 16:51]

Wow, Callie. You caught this egret in blooming breeding plumage, huh? The rust color on his head and chest are very visible. Fantastic POV with the wings spread out, which you caught with excellent focus. I also really like the light. A beautiful picture altogether. TFS. : )

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-01-15 18:13]

Callie, that's a stunning shot - and you have the same new toy as me! I agree with Gerhardt that it would benefit from brightening up a bit - but your exposure to ensure the detail in the whites was spot on.
Regards, Nigel.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-15 18:22]

Hi Callie!
Beautiful pose! Excellent timing on this capture for a great composition!
Are those leeches hard to remove after they attach?
The Nikon D200 is a prime candidate on my new camera radar. I'm not sure when I'll take the plunge; hopefully before this year is out... If I could only choose one lens to start, which would you recommend?
This pic is a real treat to view!

Hi Callie,
This shot is excellent! Great job on the timing to get this pose. Very subtle colors in this soft light. I think Gerhard's workshop does bring out some more detail in the plumage. A real beauty!

Really great posture for this bird. Along the clarity and good composition of the picture (which is usual in your shots), I like the most the lighting and the mood it gives.

Regards, Petru

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-16 1:04]

More than excellent.
Thank you, Callie.
Sorry, I have no time thase days to write decent comments.
But I must add that I am very happy that you will become a GrandDad soon. I know you will be a good one.
Take care, my friend.

"Whatever happiness is in the world
has arisen from a wish for the welfare of others;
whatever misery there is has arisen from indulging selfishness."
~ Buddhist Proverb ~

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-16 1:41]

Wow ! What a pretty and interesting Egret that you have very well captured ! I like it pose. Perhaps you would have remove the leaves on right... Congratulations Callie and thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-16 3:12]

Wow, Callie! Not only perfect moment and arty pose but superb light also. D200 gave great quality here and you gave soul. Lovely photo!

Hi Callie - long time me not here. Excellent post, great timing and sounds like a good lens there, even though it not Canon!!! hehe TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-16 4:23]

Hello Callie!
Wonderful shot.Moment you caught,POV,colors,
clear details,simple BG,framing and composition
are excellent.I think,I will not repent of
choising D200;).TFS...:-)

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  • ErEs2 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 15] (582)
  • [2006-01-16 4:42]

good moment and beautiful light :)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-16 6:33]

Bonjour Callie!

La pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et l'éclairage est vraiment particulié. Félicitations pour les détails dans le plumage et les belles couleurs de l'oiseau.

J'aime beaucoup cette composition.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-01-16 6:45]

Hi Callie,

How are you doing? Striking pose and excellent details. Very sharp. The photo is a little bit too dark for my liking though and the oof grass in the right is a little distracting imo. TFS!


Nice timing Callie. Love the pose. Looks like a balancing act! Lovely exposure on the white. Excellent detial shonw in the plumage. I like the touch of rust coloured plumage. Nicely composed. Great quality. TFS.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-01-16 12:16]

Great composition with great colours and detail. Love the pose. TFS. Dean.

Beautifully composed with a great subject capture, my only nit is that it seems a tad dark. I think Gerhard did a nice fix to it. :)

Hi Callie,
Lovely capture. Nice soft lighting and great timing. I think the workshoped image adds a little more punch to this image. I agree with you on the D200, I'm getting images with the same combo you have that I would have struggled with in the past. Technology!
Thanks, Paul.

Excellent capture of this egret! The pose with the open wings is fantastic! Great details of the white feathers. Sharpness, POV and composition are excellent. Nice background too. Congratulations and TFS!

Hi Callie,
the composition and pose are great. The colours and POV are also very good. Maybe you could sharpen a bit.
Great work, my friend.

Congrats for you new "toys". I have sold out my big Zooms now,
waiting to get a IS-lens, It's always fun with new toys.;-)

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-17 10:29]

Great composition. Is it posing for you and your new toy, taking off or landing? Very nice indeed.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2006-01-18 6:12]

J'aime bien la position de l'oiseau et le ton de la lumière ambiante qui donne un plus à cette photo.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-01-18 10:28]

Hi Callie
Firstly thank very much for your tips on the 70-200. I think you've sold me.
Excellent pose with the balancing act. Lovely soft light and colours.
Regards Toni

Excellent capture, Callie. Superb composition and uncluttered background. Enjoy the D200!!

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-01-25 10:06]


Lieflike foto! Hy 'pose' so mooi! Perfect POV and DOF. Excellent Lighting!



Good capture and good quality, the workshop that was given to this picture by gerhardt is very good.

Hi Callie!! It's good to see your work again! This is verynice, and I like the darker tones and deep colors here. Of course, the pose is outstanding, too! Nice capture and good timing!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-04-07 20:40]

Hello Callie,
Perfect shot! Great subject and great picture.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-01-18 2:33]

Hi Callie

One year ago but I find your gallery really a top on TN, a pity for the time, we should see very lovely pictures as well as this! This is very nice shot, great POV with lovely pose,
perfect exposure, excellent detail in white.
Great photographer!

Greetings from Belgium,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-03-19 9:09]

beautiful shot! great moment. amazing technical result. very well done. tfs

Impressive, very good moment and definition. Colors appear a bit dull no my monitor, but this is great anyway.


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