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Birds from Kruger I

Birds from Kruger I
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A900, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-23 6:18
Viewed: 3740
Points: 34
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Hi All,

Just returned from a great 2 week trip to the kruger national park in South Africa,had the opportunity to see and Photograph lots of wildlife,made abt 7000 captures so it will take some time to sort things out,but I will try to post some of them in the near future,lets start with some birds,I was photographing this lilac breasted roller sitting on a termite hill,while the red billed hornbill landed behind it,so I made some captures of both typical krugerbirds in one capture,the light was a bit tricky but I was happy with the results after some postprocessing in Photoshop.

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Two for the price of one ...
Hi Paul, it's fantastic, such a wonderful moment, congrats, that's your shot of the year as I think?
Those two birds are so beautiful, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-23 6:28]

Hi Paul,
Geweldig om je weer terug te zien. Ik hoop dat je een fantastische tijd hebt gehad. Je start in elk geval met een beauty! Twee van mijn favorieten in één foto. Prachtig van kleur en uitstekende scherpte. Het licht werkte niet helemaal mee, maar dat heeft de kwaliteit niet in de weg gestaan. Ik hoop dat je nog veel meer prachtigs hebt te vertonen.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-23 6:31]

Hi Paul,
You could have easily called this Beauty and the Beast. Your excellent camera work resulted in a great image under very poor lighting. The colours are muted a touch, but your details and composition are superb, Great work Paul, thank you for sharing.

nice-strage combiantion, TFS Ori

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-23 6:37]

Hi Paul,
Välkommen tillbaka. Det verkar som om denna semester var exceptionell.
Vacker inramning och spela dessa två stora fåglar.
Jag ser fram emot och efter dina inlägg. Gjort mycket nyfiken att se vad du har gjort det ... Foto vinezi mål!
Ha en trevlig helg,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-23 6:42]

Hej Paul,
What a start to your series from Kruger!! A fantastic and well-timed capture showing these two fabulous birds together. They're posing very nicely for you and focus is spot-on on both. Great details and lovely natural colours too. I look forward to more!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hallo Paul
I was looking at the gallery every day to see when you will post your 1st photo from your holiday in the Kruger and here it is. Boy what beauties you have here! and more so because I have recently started a series of all the birds we where able to photograph while we where there. In spite of the very light background ( I presume it was a very hot day) the colours of the Lilac-breasted roller and the Red-billed hornbill are seen beautifully. I like the way the two of them are looking in different directions, and the way one can see the different markings, colourings and shapes of the feathers of the two birds in the image. The termite hill adds lot of character to this image. I am sure you also saw termite hills in abundance just as we did. Thanks for sharing, cannot wait to see more. Best regards.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-23 6:57]

Hallo Paul.

Prachtige foto.
Mooi om te zien twee verschillende vogels zo dicht bij elkaar.
Ze zijn mooi gekleurd. Ik kan me zo voorstellen dat je er nog veel meer gemaakt heb en ben er benieuwd naar.

Gr. Hans

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-23 7:12]

Hello Paul
Nice capture of 2 birds...one very interesting and one colorful... excellent work

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-23 7:18]

Hello Paul,
A fine capture of these two African bird species, the Red-billed Hornbill and the Lilac-breasted Roller. The Sharpness, composition, DOF and colours are excellent.
Look forward to seeing more from your Krüger NP holiday!
Thanks and kind regards,

I like the two birds, of different species and different postures against a white sky.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-23 7:35]

Hi Paul. Good to see you home again , I trust you had a good time. This is a fine close up of the two Birds. One a beauty and one not so colourful but still very interesting. How lucky to get the two in the one picture. Taken with fine detail and natural colours. I shall look forward to more from the trip.


hallo Paul
super shot !
twee tegelijk ,en super mooie ook nog
goed afstekend tegen de witte achtergrond
super mooie kleuren en haar scherp
groetjes lou

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-01-23 12:27]
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Lovely capture of the bird. Why is the background so uniformly white? Photoshop?


What a fine product of perfect timing Paul, both of the birds are almost in the same plane with the rocky outcrop, so all of them are in perfect focus in spite of the rather shallow DOF provided by your tele lens. Thanks for this nice composition in natural, rich colours.

welcome from Kruger, Paul. you nicely came back with a great shot of two beautiful bird species. I'd like to see other photographes from your trip.
Both of them gave a nice pose contrast each other. sharp focus, POV, composition and colors very nice. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-23 16:13]

Very good capture,
nice colors and great sharpness.

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