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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: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Rollers, 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-25 15:22
Viewed: 6749
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lilac-breasted Roller needs no introduction here on TN. I have written HERE about this bird and so did Philip in many posts.

I really tried hard to get these birds as they were taking off form their perces – a question of sitting and waiting – when will he fly, where will he fly to, left, right, back, up or down? You have no clue, you just sit and wait and zoom a bit out to try and get the bird in the frame. Sometimes you are lucky, most times you amputate a wing or a bill or he flies away to the rear and you sit with a headless bird in the frame. And then there is the question of sharpness. You focus on the bird, but as he flies, he moves out of the range of the focus, and some quality is lost - normally an eye or the bill, is soft. Soft wings do not bother me – it is part of the movement you catch, but one should have the eye always sharp, hence most of the pics end-up as just missed. I find that shooting birds on the wing where you pan is slightly easier, since you can pan and focus at the same time, and my success rate is also higher. PP work done some time back.

Venue – Kruger National Park
Date 20th September 2004
Time 09h31
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,3 EV
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 116 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/2 000 @ F5
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Support - Handheld
50% of cropping to suit, levels; hue/ saturation; Some USM, reduced to Site size.
2005 05 25 #161

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Superbe photo !
Les couleurs sont magnifiques, un joli plumage.
Bravo !

Now, that's more like it!!!!
Wow factor, way up there. Excelent shot and well done on the composition.


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-25 15:37]

Excellent capture Callie,
Perfect composition,superb detail and colours.
Superb job,very well done!


Wonderfull Magnifique.

What to say more ? !
Kruger National Park we don't have nothing like that in belgium !

Perfect! Very well planned timing, excellent composition, very nice colors and lighting. Masterly captured. Bravo!

Stunning picture, my friend.
You catch it perfect.
Great details, beautiful colours, very well composed and good exposure. Everything is right-
Super as Mike say.

You get a real feel for the energy he is putting into those 1st flaps of the wing.
pretty good capture, speed of capture spot on froze image well , DOF a fraction short , but the colours are stunning, TFS it Callie

Hi Callie,
Patience always pays with birds. You prove it on the most beautiful way with this little gem. Couldn't be better, on all aspects, POV, light, motion and colors. There is also lot's of dynamics here. This colorful roller even offered you a part of his tree to finish off the composition :-). A unique image!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-25 17:52]

Fantastique et superbe, tout est parfaits.


Another great LBR shot from your hand, you must have quite a collection of them by now ;-))
Great colours and nicely set off by a clean bg. Good stop-action capture.
I'll be heading home tomorrow, hopefully the weather will be better there, because we have what they call a "Nor-Easter" howling around our ears here at present. No shooting :-(

Great capture Callie,
Perfect timing, good sharp detail. As you say the focus on the eye is spot on. Well composed, and those stunning colours are magnificent.
Great shot, thanks for posting

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-05-25 19:58]

Nice captured,lighting,colours.TFS!

He almost looks too lovely to be real, Callie.
You have outdone yourself with this amazing shot, congratulations and thank you!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-25 23:11]

Callie, this is stunning. What can I say? Perfect on all counts. Congratulations! TFS. ; )

So much dynamism, a little oversharp but the posture is grandious...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-26 3:37]

Wonderful action shot Callie!
Clear eyes,vivid colors,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-26 3:45]

Waouh ! Très belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce superbe oiseau en vol. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue, belle pose et bonne netteté.
Wonderful, interesting & well done !

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-05-26 4:30]

Callie, dis 'n wonderfoto! "Pan" jy op auto, of man. single or continues?

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-26 4:57]

Excellent Callie. The roller is such a beautiful bird (from your posting) and this is just great. Well captured and what a lot of patience you must have. Very well done...

Magnificent shot Callie. Awesome timing. Nicely composed. P E R F E C T

This is way up there! I have nothing to compare it with. The impact is HUGE! Very striking capture Callie. Awesome and inspiring. Setting the pace with this photo.

Green, green.....

Excellent, superb detail, pose, composition.
Just excellent all round!
Thanks for posting.

Callie, Fantastic! - Superb photo for its grace and form, outstanding POV and colors. High degree of difficulty shot done extremely well..Very well done my friend!

Stunning capture Callie, head and body are very sharp and the blurred wing give the sense of flight. Yes you've captured a great moment here, well done.

excellent capture, stunning colours!

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-05-26 11:53]

Wonderful Shot! colors; details and sharpness is amazing!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-26 16:20]

Wonderful action capture Callie. Great flight in diagonal line. Very good colors and details.
Very well done.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-26 16:58]

Interesting photo of flying "lilac". Personally i don't like blue skies as a background.For the contrasts of this colorful bird it's better to have a more natural background.
Nevertheless the picture is very sharp and I like the pose of this beautiful bird.
My compliments.



Amazing capture Callie. Such sharpness and wonderful colours. The composition is just perfect with the twig left down in the right corner. - Besides, you are really improving the framing now, I like this one - works great with the photo.

A perfect action shot! The color is so vivid, with excellent detail. Stopped it pefectly.. Great shot here Callie!!

Excellente capture, les couleurs de l'oiseau sont magnifique
Amicalement Christophe

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-27 22:32]

Hello Callie.
Personal assessment of the photo: the perfection do not need words.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: more than complete.
Thank you very much for sharing this jewel.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-05-28 2:45]

Goedemorgen Callie,
Het vast leggen van deze foto is buitengewoon geslaagd, de vlieghouding van de vogel kan hier mooi bekeken worden, ook de andere versie vind ik zeer mooi.
Groeten uit een zeer warm Vlaanderen 34,9° Celsius (record voor 27 mei)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-05-28 13:27]

Awesome shot!!PERFECT TAKE OFF!!!!!!!!

As a ballet dancer, he dashed in the sky by making points. I like your note which shows me which patience it is necessary to obtain a beautiful photo as this one. Colours are magnificent, the neatness is excellent and the magnificent composition. Great shot!

Comme un danseur de ballet, il s'est élancé dans le ciel en faisant des pointes. J'aime bien votre note qui me montre quelle patience il faut pour obtenir une belle photo comme celle-ci. Les couleurs sont magnifiques, la netteté est excellente et la composition superbe.

A fantastic picture. The colours are very nice. I hope that I can improve a lot to one day be able to take a picture like this. Well done!

Hi Callie !
This bird gives itself the beautiful lines and shapes, perfect symmetric, I like the colours of this, for me, unknown bird

My dear friend and Master!
Glad to see you after a long time,I miss you a lot and your works,too.
I write for it although all of your shots are great and You know that I love your stylings always.
This is excellent,no doubt,skilfully captured and very well composed with a fine dynamism,very beautiful and dreamy,too,wonderful attractive colors you reached,amazing,very nice one indeed.
Best Regards

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-07-22 13:48]

This is a very dynamic shot, Callie. You captured the bird's take-off perfectly. Excellent colours and lighting. Well done.

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2005-11-15 16:05]

Very Nice flight shot. Well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2005-11-15 18:28]

Hi Callie
You catch it perfect.Well composed, and those stunning colours are magnificent.
Congratulations! TFS

A very difficult shot to bring off indeed. I have also tried on numerous occasions in the Kruger to do this but I have not pulled a great one off as yet! A prime example of hard work paying off and boy, is it worth it for this shot! Well Done - Sheriff

A fantastic capture.
Very nice colours and details with great DoF.
Excellent,very well done.
Eduardo Martins

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-11 15:35]

Hi Callie, don't know how I missed this one! It's fantastic. Lovely action and the colours are superb! Very well done.

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  • Eeros (83)
  • [2007-07-24 6:53]

Fantastic! I just admire that picture of Yours, goes to my favourites. - Eero

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