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Dangerous Curves

Dangerous Curves
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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: 2004-09-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herons, & Egrests [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-05 12:58
Viewed: 4989
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bitterns, herons & egrets belong to the Ardeidae family and there are 64 species world wide. Of the 24 species found in Africa, 21 are also found here in SA. These are smallish to large birds, predominantly aquatic, with long legs and sharp bills.

The Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath 120 – 152 cm, is the largest heron in the world. In colour, it resembles the PURPLE HERON the most. A very beautiful and unmistakable large heron, it is equipped with formidable hardware, as you can see on this mug shot. It is a locally common resident in suitable habitats.

This picture was taken the same day as the Kingfishers posted earlier. The venue is Lake Panic Bird Hide, in Kruger National Park. The BG displays a strange phenomenon – it looks as if the photograph was shot using a mirror lens, with the small circles on the green water. I think it is the early morning light reflecting off the water that is causing this to happen. It did the same with some of my other pictures from the same hide.

For Anna, Lu, this is where the bean bags comes into their own – you plonk them down on the ledge inside the hide, line-up Big Bertha, and then it is hippos, crocodiles, bushbuck, duiker, njala, dragons flies, and the birdies, all welcome, all there, and you can nail them too. And then people ask me why I go back to the bush!!!

Venue – Lake Panic Bird Hide - KNP
Date 26th September 2004
Time 08h31
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,7 EV.
Sigma 120-300 F2.8 APO USM & 2X converter
Filter – None
Focal length - 550 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority – 1/200 @ F11
Flash – Balanced iTTL SB800 off camera
Support – Beanbags on hide window ledge.
PP – ± 15% cropping;.; Selective colour; Levels; Hue/Saturation; USM reduced to Site size. This one has been post ready for 5 months already, plus his cousins where he is standing in a tree, giving us the eye!

elroyie, red45, pompey, NitzanCK, PDP, carper, Fisher, milloup, jhm, naki, sAner, Toni, sandpiper2, Okan, dew77, marhowie, Luc, coasties has marked this note useful
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To marhowie: ThanksCallie 1 03-09 15:01
To sandpiper2: Walk and be eatenCallie 2 03-08 18:08
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  • elroyie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
  • [2005-03-05 13:05]
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Great catch with excellent background that has a very good contrast to the subject.
Very good details and colours allthough you took the side in the shadows.
Why did you use f11.0?
I saw that you used X2 TC it adds two stops to f5.6.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-05 13:07]

Lovely pose and composition. Great photo of this beautifull bird in nice pose. Green BG is perfect.

Great shot Callie.
The Big Bertha shots again.;-) Great pose, compostion and details. The OOF in the BG is very nice. And as always a great note.
Excellen work, my friend,

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-05 13:49]

Great shot Callie, beautiful bird, beautiful background and great note.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-05 14:05]

Beautiful shot Callie. Love the angle of her neck and head, and she's very sharp and clear. The BG looks great.

Great catch Callie.
Excellent details, very nice colours.
Fantastic background.

Excellent work, thank you for posting.
Well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-05 14:12]

Lovely shot Callie, the shape of the neck is very attractive, and the colours are very good. Excellent shot, well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-05 14:13]

Parfaite prise de vue et beaucoup de lumière. Bonne photo félicitaios !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-05 14:13]

Hij is echt schitterend Callie, fantastische foto, met een echt unieke kleuren. prachtige pof and een mooie dof, good note, very good job Callie

Superb colours Callie! Looks like from space :-)

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-05 14:32]

Excelent details, Sir Callie. Well done on this capture and composition.
What a look in that eye!!!


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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-03-05 17:25]

I really like this photo. Interesting object.
Perfect composition and really nice color. Regards.

Nice plumbing.. eh.. curving neckline ;-))
Beautifully sharp and clear, great colours, unobtrusive bg.

Great result with the monster lens . . . you've captured another great moment. Great colors and very fine composition. Callie, you are the King of Kruger!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-03-06 2:00]
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Dag Callie,
De S curve van de nek is mooi hier bij deze reiger, ook zijn ogen zijn duidelijk, excellente kleuren van de pluimen, weeral schitterend werk!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-03-06 3:21]

It usually happens to a dark background and light object. You made the opposite and it's very nice IMO. This curves are beautiful to me but dangerous for the fishes, frogs etc.
Very well done. TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-06 4:01]

I love Herons (did I already tell you that? ;))! This is a beautiful capture. The curves in the neck are great and the color of the BG contrasts very well with the colors on the Heron. The fact the BG is blurred is very nice too. This Heron is a fantastic species. Love it!

Locked, loaded and ready to strike Callie, great colour and detail to this one.

Technical quality:****
Wow factor:****

Very nice shot, great details and pose.
Well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-06 13:53]

Encore une fantastique image. Et un très bel oiseau.
Merci de nous faire partager toutes es belles images.

Who would think to just capture the head and neck for a spectacular image.
I'm curious Callie, you always seem to be taking shots from permanent hides and car windows. I know there is plenty of wild thing in SA that like to eat humans, but are there places where you you can get out and walk around?

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  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-03-07 5:31]

Great photo Callie, good catch. The BG and DOF are wonderful. Well done with flash. TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-07 6:37]

Very good heron shot!BG,composition and your notes are great.I liked the S-shaped neck;) tfs

Super job on this Callie.. Excellent, excellent profile..The sun has finally broken here in Texas after 10 days of wet weather..That UPS guy should be here any minute with a new zoom lens..and of course he can't get here fast enough!!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-10 0:44]

You doubtless know that they use their beak as of a harpoon, Callie. I have already observed a blue heron during a whole night in front of a chalet in three metres of a lake in the campaign. He took advantage of the light of the outside lighting to feast on fishes and on frogs. "S" for spring or shot. I shall never forget the time when he pierced a Yellow Perch, when he has throw it in the air, opened his beak to swallow it.
This scene and the spectacle of auroras borealis are among the most beautiful things that I saw in this life. Now I can die ;-)
An excellent picture and note indeed. I had almost forgotten why I am paid here ;-)

Great shape to the neck. Is the 'S' for SuperPhotographer? I think so! Another wonderful image added to your vast gallery. I love it Callie. TFS.

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