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Clear Day in Kruger

Clear Day in Kruger
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Copyright: Sheriff Wilbury (soccer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-11 22:34
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On a warm summer morning, I set out from camp at 4:30am in the Kruger Park and attempted to travel a route that I had never tried before. It proved very fruitful for wildlife photography and provided excellent morning light. I now travel it regularly since that day when in the area.

To my surprise, there was plenty of game on the road and the sunlight was excellent for photography on this particular day. I took many photographs of the Zebra, Elephant and Hyenas during my morning drive. It was while following the Spotted Hyena that I came across this large Tawny Eagle in the tree on a bend in the road........

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Hallo Sherrif
How lucky for you that you chose a route that you never travelled before. The reward was a stunning image of a beautiful bird of prey against clear blue sky. What else can one ask for? A striking image with details beautifully seen, especially the back's feathers are really striking. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-11 23:23]

Hello Sherrif,
A very fine capture of a Tawny Eagle. The composition, sharpness ans colours against a clear blue sky are excellent.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Sherrif,
excellent capture, very sharp details, nice natural colors and clear blue BG.
TFS, regards,

Hi Sherrif,
What a fantastic image this is!! I just love eagles and this one is stunning. So clear and sharp with beautiful color and a glint in the eye. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

Colors, detail and pose outstanding.

Hi Sheriff
what a sky!
fabulous colors and great sharpness with good compo
(in front of the bill there is a blotch in the sky, probably dust on the sensor)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-12 1:05]

Hello Sheriff,
Very beautiful photo of this Tawny Eagle in excellent sharpness, details and a fantastic DOF. Beautiful natural colours. Splendid bright sky. A pity is the dirty spot in front of the beak. Taken from a very good POV in a great composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-12 1:14]

Hello Sheriff.
Beautiful image of this Tawny Eagle. Great sharpness and details considering the distance you were from it. Good natural colours and the eye is lovely! Well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

Hello Sherrif,

i like this shot with good pov and sharpness.
Exellent details.
Fine colors.
Maybe your mirror cleaning? There are an point of dust in the sky and maybe you cloned this away in the jpeg file.

I have an workshop for your done with the clonestamp.


Hi Sheriff
Impressive bird and beautiful photo. The POV, the composition, the colours, the BG and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-12 5:41]

Hello Sheriff
Wow! Amazing capture of this great raptor. Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-12 6:18]

Very impressive image of this magnificent bird of prey, the lighting is superb. tfs.

Hi Sheriff,
Good focus and nicely done against that blue sky.
Please, tell me your new route:-)

Gorgeous shot of even more gorgeous bird there! How are you Sheriff? Fantastic simplicity and fine natural colors. The old but still great Canon 20D delivers! There is some dust on the sensor! Rather leave it, it's not that bad! Have a great evening my friend!
George Veltchev

An excellent image with a very minor flaw with the little sensor dust spot.

I did a WS to correct this very minor issue.

Otherswise a very stunning image.



Ciao Sherif, sperb eagle in fantastic pose on abeautiful blue sky, splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Sheriff,
Outstanding capture with superb details, clarity and excellent focus.
Wonderful POV and a great composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-12 13:18]

Fantasitic composition,perfect light for the best result.The pic no need comments,it talk alone! Very well done and very professional work.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Lovely image of this magnificent bird with a character which is emphasized in this picture. There is bit of dust on the sensor which can be removed in Post processing. Lovely image once again.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-12 23:46]

Hi Sheriff,
Splendid photo of this Tawny Eagle, TFS!

Ciao Sheriff. Magnificent animal taken by the right POV to exalt the imponent posture. Excellente contrats and brigh colours. Inyrigant playing of light.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-13 17:29]

Well taken and well presented image. I like especially the composition and the sharp and very detailed plumage.

Hallo Sheriff,
a very beautiful capture of thie superb bird of prey, very good sharpness and fine details on the plumage, marvellous natural colours, very well composed.
Best regards

It's so beautiful and a majestic shot of the Tawny Eagle, on the dot focus, clarity down to each feather and I love the composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-19 4:07]

Hi Sherriff.
You really managed to catch a splendid individual of the species. I like its grand and calm pose, amazing feathers (as well as all fine features of the bird). Blue sky and dry trunk decorate the scene perfectly. Well done and my compliments.

Hi Sheriff,

The bird is well placed in the frame. the point of view is sjpwing the details and colors of the Twany Eagle. the morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Sheriff,
Although I like both workshops, your original image is a beautiful portrait of Tawny Eagle with excellent sharpness and composition. The dust spot on the right should have been cloned and I feel the shadows too deep on the feathers - except for these, a remarkable image. Bravo.
Best regards from Hungary (Central Europe), László

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