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Delicate Wings

Delicate Wings
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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: 2006-01-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikor 70-200 F2.8 VR-S G
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-14 16:52
Viewed: 6154
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
OK, One more.
This is a Squacco Heron.
No long note, sorry.
I was standing knee deep in the wetland, with leeches on my legs, but what an oppertunity to nail these guys in flight.
I have had various opinions and comments on the reeds in the BG, but they were there, I can take them out, but I think it adds to the watercolour painting mood here.
This is right in the middle of Suburbia, next to Johannesburg International Airport!
it is currently exam time, I am marking exam scripts, but the lure of the site . . .
I will try and leave a comment or two as well.

PDP, thistle, loot, jeanpaul, TAZ, coasties, red45, marhowie, ellis49, dew77, pilonm, liziafa, elefantino, sAner, Luc, jhm has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-14 17:00]

Hi Calie, long time no hear. I hope you are well, I miss you guys.

This is a great shot. Love the subtle understated feel to it but with the head nicely in focus. It works very well. Personally I would have cloned out the grass head on the left or else put more in!

Lovely shot.

Boooooaaaaa, Callie, that's it!
The shot you only can make once in a life.
Excellent, so sharp, so romantic with the soft wings, it's like in a dream. I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-14 18:04]

Hi Callie
Apart from the fact that this beautiful photo really portraits nature at its natural best, it also shows nature in an artistically superior fashion. This is painting by camera and I think it is a perfect example of how the ISO 400 sellection can render grain (some people might want to call it noise) that can be used to improve or aid the final look or mood of a photo.
The moment and movement was brilliantly captured. The composition is of outstanding quality, the colours are remarkable to say the least, the DOF have captured amazing details, the OOF BG is totally complimentary to the subject, and the exposure was expertly managed.
Great work and TFS.


This is a fantastic picture, and I wish it was mine. Congratulations.


Nice comp, looks almost like a painting, good camera work.


very nice shot photo;-))

Bonjour Callie
Belle presentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont trčs bonnes, belle composition
J'apprecie ce beloiseau en plein vol
Au revoir et merci....JP

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-06-14 21:43]

Hi Callie, excellent sharp photo, the composition and the combination of colors are delicately perfect, Juan

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-14 23:28]

Leave it as it is Callie...
I love your ballet dancer, quite exquisite and dainty. And beautiful colours too.
It was worth the leeches, thanks my friend,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-15 1:46]

Wooow ! At this level, it is ART ! The pose and wings are superb. Composition, colors, exposure, BG,, DOF and sharpness are very good. Congratulations Callie and thanks for sharing.

This photo reminds me of exactly why we've missed you, the gasp of "wow" upon opening the thumbnail to full size, the realization that this is what kind of photography I'd like to aspire to learn. What a beautiful, graceful, serene, almost poetic piece of art, as Janice said, so worth the leeches, although they weren't on MY legs so easy for me to say huh?
Wonderful color and form, truly like a watercolor painting, well done just doesn't seem to do, I hope between exams you'll pop in for "just one more" again and again.

Wow...brilliant shot Callie.
Evcellent sharpness and beautiful colors.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-15 2:56]

I love it, Callie. : )
Makes me think of a Chinese painting.
The richness of details and colors against the simplicity of the composition gives it a zen quality.
I do like the hints of the reeds in there, as I think they do add depth.
I even like the reed on the left. It gives a focus to the bir'ds intense stare. A superior image.
TFS and certainly hoping for more. : )

One more? ;-)
It's a lovely shot! I like the subtle colours and first of all the moment captured here. Great details on the head and perfect exposure. I don't mind the reeds at all. They give kind of depth to the picture. I would clone out the one on the left though. It's a little distracting.
Overall, it's a superb shot and it's great to see another one from you so soon!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-15 6:11]

Hi Callie!
And another one, please :-)
Very nice catch. I like pose of Heron, its delicate colours and silhouette. It is something ethereal in these big but for somehow fragile birds. Great work my friend!

Lovely shot Callie, I like it very much!
We're off in the morning for a much needed hoilday, that will include my youngest sons wedding..I'll be meeting the brides family for the first time as well. People to see, places to be..and photograph of course ;)
See you later mf,

Hi Callie,
so this is a D200 picture. The colours and the light is lovely.
The details specially on the eye is vey good.
The POV is good too, maybe the straw down left is a bit disturbing but not much.
Great work,

It's good to see you post here again, my friend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-15 10:05]

Hello Callie,
Excellent in flight capture.I liked POV,clear details on head and visual impact a lot.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-15 10:19]

Hello Callie,

Remarkable shot of this flying heron. ( a shot that is not easy!). You managed very well the exposition and got a great pov. The reeds in the bg is not a problem at all and add to the picture but the one on the left is a little bit annoying. The composition is excellent also! Great work and TFS,


Hi Callie,
Beautiful shot, excellent composition.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-15 15:50]

It's great to see you again Callie! :) This is an excellent shot. Perfect composition, sharp details, well exposed and I like the frame. Well done & TFS!


Hi Callie

Wow.... this leaves my speechless..... thank you!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-06-17 5:32]

beautiful bird! great in-flight shot! amazing color scheme on this bird! very well composed. tfs

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-06-19 9:39]

Bly om te sien jy plaas weer foto's. Mooi een die. Hou van die sagtheid op die vlerke.

Great shot Callie!
Nice colors, details and pose.
Great compo, too.

Hello Callie,
Really delicate, the bird and the tones, are all beautiful. The bird is the right place in the pic and the blurred vegetation in BG gives more "life" to the white of sky.
Best regards

Hi Callie,

NIce focus on the head and great compo. I also like thr amazing blue colour on its beak.



Welcome back... i'll say no more, old friend :)

It so beautiful that it seems unreal! I'm almost jeaulous, of course not! Go ahead like this!!!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-01-18 2:39]

Hi Callie,

I have to thinks at the concorde this super plane out of France and England, what a lovely bird, we known this Heron not in Europe, alone the gray Heron, she have all my fishes out of my small lake fished.
Very well done Callie!


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