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For Gert

For Gert
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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: 2004-09-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): SA Kingfishers, Kingfishers, Birds of Southern Africa II, Dedications to Gert [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-19 15:33
Viewed: 6562
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 83
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My Friend!
This one is especially for you. I wish you would be able to nail your version of this beautiful little dreamer this season. Yours are also very lovely, black bill and not as bright, but one I would love to see and shoot myself.

I have said before that this little ‘fisher is one of the most beautiful creatures in nature – that is, in my opinion, and I am always thrilled to see one of them. This is about the largest picture of this Malachite that I have ever seen. No cropping, full 600 mm size, and larger than life on the screen. No PP except brightness and contrast, the grey BG is the water behind and below him. Venue is Lake Panic Bird Hide and picture taken in September last year. Frame and name added, and reduced to site size.
Hope you enjoy him.

PDP, liquidsunshine, AndyB, Janice, naki, paulbright, chiliu, sAner, JeanMichel, Fisher, ellis49, scottevers7, red45, Comandante, TAZ, dew77, coasties, marhowie, Luc, Motrem, gerhardt, jhm, rlortie, marjan, lovenature has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-19 15:41]

I imagine he'll be very pleased at this one. It's a great shot Callie. Beautiful colours and composition. Just great.

Very nice shot Callie,
The colours really are very stunning. Great composition, good sharp detail and a very nice gift for Gert.
Thanks for posting

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-19 16:02]

A superb capture Callie,
Lovely vibrant colours,perfect composition and great DOF.
Fantastic job,very well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-19 16:13]

Hi Callie, amazing capture of this little beauty. Very vivid colors and nice composition. A good gift to Gert.
Well done.

Hello Callie
Great Shot !
Fantastic bird and colours. As photo passionate, you have a lot chance living into paradise like south africa.

Très belle photo, de belles couleurs.
Bravo !

Hi Callie!
I missed your photo! Amazing shot. Superb colours, perfect done.
Thank you for this great portrait!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-05-19 16:56]

Great shot.What a beautiful bird.TFS!

Nice to see you back, my friend, and again with one of these beauties you have the knack to find. Stunning colors and pose. Really shot in the best conditions possible. Pls send me one over on the next plane to Paris.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-19 17:38]

Yo, Callie, wassup mon.
Excelent shot and well done on the composition.
A beauty indeed.
Just wee bit hot on the beak and legs. Unless it is a hot color, then forgive the note. :)


Wow, clear, sharp, well saturated! This bird is simply beautiful. The background is sober. Well done.

Thanks, my friend, I'm honoured.
Great composition and POV, very nice colours and good details.
The bill is amazing with the red colours.
Excellent work.
I will try to get a shot of our, your picture is very inspired.
Thanks again, my friend.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-19 23:52]

Hello Callie! The colors on this fisher are incredibly vivid. Great details and composition. The BG is very pleasing as well. Well done, and TFS. : )

Callie, A beautiful capture on this Kingfisher. Vibrant color, and great detail. This is as good as it gets. Excellent Work!

Superb shot Callie!
Lighting and colors are amazing.I liked BG and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

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  • danzi Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 12] (186)
  • [2005-05-20 3:37]

Beautiful shot, Callie!
Great composition and good sharp details, great POV & DOF. The colours really are very stunning. Thanks for posting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-20 3:44]

This is real jewel. Breathtaking capture of ultrabeautifull bird. Superb work Callie!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-20 3:47]

Très belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce superbe oiseau. Très jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Beautiful & well done !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-20 4:21]

Hello Callie!
Superb shot with clear details.Lighting,DOF,BG and composition are perfect.TFS....

Amazing colours! Is it really that bright!? Beautiful simple composition as well.

Colors rather seem oversaturated here.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-20 6:09]

Hello Callie,

Wonderful shot. Colors are really great and so is the composition. Sharp details, great POV & DOF. A fantastic dedication. Gert will be pleased and we all know he deserves it. TFS!


only for Gert Callie,
I love those birds too, what a great composing shot you made here my friend, fantastic in pov and what a great colours, special paint ing for the photo, great job Callie,
gr. Jaap

Perfeitos detalhes, cores e luz.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-21 3:58]

Hello again Callie.
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing this truly beautifull bird.

The is another magnificent shot of this bright coloured KingFisher. He is a handsome bird. He does look out of proportion though with his very long beak. Fantastic capture Callie. Thank you!

Hello Callie, Bold, bright and beautiful colors..Your first impression when you view this is that someone was dozing at the photoshop saturation wheel (I know, you've heard that JOKE before!) but that is not the case..Excellent sharpness, details and a great POV..It's time to make this beautiful creature a favorite, Very well done my friend!

You have birds which make me dream! I began the animal photo because of you and I am very satisfied. Your bird is magnificent with incredible colours. The definition is excellent, I see very well feathers and always this white point in the eye... Beautiful composition!

Vous avez des oiseaux qui me font rêver! J'ai commencé la photo animalière à cause de vous et je suis très contente. Votre oiseau est magnifique avec des couleurs incroyables. La définition est excellente, je vois très bien les plumes et toujours ce petit point blanc dans l'oeil... Belle composition!

Its a beauty Callie. No nits, just a pleasure to look at. Very well done.

Looks to dazzeling to be true, but some of our kingfishers are equally bright. Your so lucky to have these hides where you can go and shoot. As I've said before, bird hides in Australia are hopelessly designed.
I'd be interested if you could post a shot of one of your hides sometime, perhaps as a workshop to one these amazing portraits. TFS

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-05-23 2:11]
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Dag Callie,
Absoluut mijn complimenten voor deze prachtige foto, the sharpness and clarity are of great quality!
Groeten uit een zonnig Vlaanderen,

So beautiful it looks unreal...but I'm sure it is real, coming from you. Absolute beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-05-31 6:45]

unbelivable colours on this bird!

He sure is a pretty little guy. So crisply and clearly photographed, too. A worthy capture for Gert!

It's indeed one of the most beautiful birds as you say and with this excellent picture you can show this in full glory, what a great shot, sharpness and colours, very nice done, Callie !

Callie this is wonderful, cleare , bright with superb coloures. It is butiful bird indeed. TFS

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-04-07 20:38]

Hello Callie,
I love birds and your's is fantastic! Colors are impressive. Detail and composition perfect. TFS

Indeed a colourful creature, a work of art from mother nature. How special we are to have such a little gem in our big wide world.

Just excellent Callie! Janice

Hi Callie,

Excellent capture
Perfect sharpness,details,colours,POV

Gr Thijs

Beautiful shot, Callie!
Great composition and good sharp details, great POV & DOF.


Hallo Callie
Kingfishers will always remain my favourite bird. This is an excellent photo of a Malachite, and most appropriate to dedicate to a special person like Gert. I remember my first posting on Trek Nature also being a Kingfisher and a dedication to my husband Loot. Splendid photography. Every little detail is just excellent. From the feathers on this beauty's head, right down to the paws clutching onto the branch. It is amazing how bright the paws and that lovely beak are. This is quite outstanding and one of the best Malachite shots I've seen. I love the pose of the bird, details are razor sharp and colours wonderful. A fine composition and the frame fit very nicely. A swanky little bird. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello Callie
Great Shot !
Fantastic bird and colours.

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