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Greeting card, the African way

Greeting card, the African way
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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: 2005-08-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild cats portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-16 16:07
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture is dedicated to all you nice folks on TN, both the old gang and the new, for taking the time to look at my pics. I wish I could look you all in the eye like this, and say Thank You for the friendship I have been privileged to share over the past 2-3 years.
Although I am a birder, nothing beats the rush of seeing and nailing the oh, so illusive cat in the wild, like here where she was lying in the shade of a tree late in the afternoon.
I am alive and well, am a grand dad of a lovely little Pinkfoot as of 5 May this year and still shoot whenever I can.
Stil am learing a lot about digital, and PSC2, and missing you guys too.
Her name is Saseka, taken at SabiSAnds Private Game reserve, 98% full frame.

shal, mogens-j, red45, Hil, Janice, c_rapp, ellis49, scottevers7, RAP, horia, jmp, coasties, sAner, jhm, Watershed has marked this note useful
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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-16 16:18]

Hi Callie,
excellent composition and lighting,
lovely warm colours :)
Vishal Sabharwal

Hello Callie

How nice it is to see a picture from you again and to hear that you are well and still going strong. Also congratulations on your new status as a grand dad meaning that you (photographic) gens will be carried on in the future;-0).

Lovely capture of a very nice cat. I love the light in this one very much. And the eyes tell that this cat is having a real good time.

Best wishes to you and your family

magnifique photo en macro, les couleurs sont nettes claires, bons détails
super travail de pro

merci du partage

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-16 16:41]

Hello Callie!

Great to see you again, my old gang friend :-)

Superb postcard full of African soul! Great animal, great face, great eyes! Warm rays of sun on its fur looks amazing - camouflaged symbol of Africa.

Congratulations my friend!!!

Hello Callie,
Nice pic. Eyes are great.
I like the light/shadow on the animal.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-16 17:54]

Hi Callie,

Superb shot with a lovely composition, I like the pose with the glance over the shoulder, the lighting is lovely with the shadows falling on Saseka's face, lovely warm colours and nice detail too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-17 0:44]

Kia ora Callie, so good to see you. And congratulations of your new grand daughter! (A pinkfoot! I love the title!) So you're now into baby photo portraits... That is fun - I love taking photos of my gr'chn...

And what a beautiful animal, and I love how she's looking straight at you... I think she trusts you. Good shot, thank you my friend,

Hi Callie
Is great to hear from you again, Old Friend.
The picture is very nice, the cat is lovely in a beutiful light. I like the POV and colours too.
Very good work, MF.

And Congrats to your new status, Grand dad. In fact I have also become a Grand Dad to Linnea, 10 months, who took her first steps the other day. We all get older;-)

Gorgeous picture. Great pov and details. All I can think is WOW! TFS

Its in the glance and in those spots, and maybe the divine African light that makes this photograph a superb image.

Hi Callie,
Good to see you are still taking some amazing photos. Congrats. on becoming a grandfather to. This is a great shot. The soft filtered light looks great here. Spot on exposure is superb with the colors and sharp detail looking perfect. The great eye contact tops it off. Stop by more often!!!!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-17 8:32]

Espectacular imagen amigo mío con gran sentido estético por el POV obtenido, un gran aprovechamiento de la luz, generando contrastes de sol y sombra y muy apropiado encuadre y OOF.
La agudeza sobre la cabeza, permite admirar su penetrante mirada y los bigotes con total claridad.
Con admiración... Ricardo

Amazing image my friend with great aesthetic sense for obtained POV, great use of the light, generating contrasts of sun and shade and very appropriate framing and OOF.
The sharpness on the head, allows to admire its penetrating look and the mustaches with total clarity.
With admiration... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-17 9:14]

Hi Callie

I don't belive we've "met" yet so this is my first word on any of your shots. It really is gorgeous!
I also took a loot at your gallery and saw some very impressive work! Congratulations!
I really like the POV nad the pose from this picture. She looks very well camoufaged there in her own habitat (it looks ten times better that shots taken in zoos). Also great is the eye-contact and the little flash reflection from her eye.
Lovely colors and tones, excellent lighting and beautiful sharp details.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Callie, your photos are absolutely out of this world. I first discovered TN by putting 'ingwe' in a search engine and your photo posted in 2004 of an ingwe came up. I have been a fan ever since!! This is yet another beauty and I envy your skills - especially when I compare my efforts!! Its your photos that has inspired me to give photography a try - so a visit back to SA and the Okavango this year was the start for me. Thanks for all your fabulous work, inspiring others and enjoy your Pinkfoot!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-17 13:30]

A Fantastic shot Callie , Beauty colours light pov bg and his eyes ,congratulations with youre grand daughter, and nice you come back, greetings teunie wife from jaap ,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-17 16:47]

Hi Callie,
A beautiful cat! Wonderful light, details, pose and composition. Thank you very much for your open dedication, in which I feel included as being a TN member that look at your wonderful shots.
TFS, José M.

Hi Callie

How wonderful to see a post from you. A lovely surprise.

This is stunning. Awesome light, lovey the colours and very nicely composed. Nice camera work as always my friend. :-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-23 6:06]

Hello Callie,

It's very nice to see you again on TN as I have learned so much from your honest critiques in the period I had just joined TN. I really hope we will see your excellent pictures every once in awhile as it gives many of us the inspiration we seek. This is a very lovely picture with sharp focus, excellent details and a very nice blurred BG. Composition is perfect. If I was after perfection I would have cloned out the three straws in the left. Anyway, a well deserved big-dark-green-smiley. :) TFS!


Ps-Congratulations on becoming a granddad! I wish you and your entire family well.

Oupa... ???? Ek sal dit nooit sê nie. :)

If any of you actually met Callie you would agree that it seems impossible for him to be a grand dad. He is young at heart and does not look ... well like a grand dad. I am still fortuante to take photos with him whenever I am in his neck of the woods. :)

Mostly I can get along with him quite well but on occasions such as these... don't you just wish this was your photo... I do... :)

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2006-10-29 14:39]

Hi Callie,

Long time no see.
What do you have a big advantage with all those wild animals in your backyard.
And also my congrets old man with your granddaughter. That must be also a great subject for pictures.

All the best,


Hi Oom Kallie.

Great foto. Stunning detail. En baie geluk met my neef se dogter.

Hi Callie,
First off, congrats on becoming a grandfather!
The photo is excellent in every respect. The lighting is just gorgeous and makes this a keeper.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-01-18 2:27]

Hi Callie,

Ik ben altijd blij een foto van u te kunnen bekijken, maar ik kom niet veel op TN, dit is weer een top klasse foto werkelijk de pose zoals het is voorgeschreven, beide ogen uit een hoek van 65° wat mooi gedaan Callie, jammer dat ik dit zolaat zie!

Groeten uit een verregend Vlaanderen in België,

Hi Callie,
Very nice shot and nicely composed. The POV and details are great. Well done!

great light, TFS Ori

Magnificient shot! The eyes look so lively. great picture.

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