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The Kill

The Kill
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-12-27 13:22
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Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another controversial one
(and I do not even mention the missing tail)
motion blur for sure which itself is not a major problem as we are in full action, but I still have the feeling that the animals are out of focus and the focus just behind them?!
Still think that the scream of the fawn can almost be heard, so a good picture or not? I like the fawn but not the Cheetah, other opinions most welcome

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Hi Tom,

a good naturalistic photo must also (or above all) to be explanatory.Technically, as you write, it's far from perfection, but the moment you caught is exceptional.Personally i think that the blur -although not wanted- gives the feeling of frenzy, something very suited to this scene.Purists will turn up their noses, but i think it's a good picture.



Hello Tom

It is a good photo but as you wrote if the
subjects where perfectly focused, you captured
a AOUTCH action photo, aoutch because it hurts !
the motion blur it shows the speedy action, TFS


hello Tom,
great moment of nature. perfect framing. Personally i feel action in this picture and no objection about little blur, i think it enhance the beauty of this picture.
best wishes.

Eww! a bag and tag photo. I can hear the scream. I agree with other, blur gives sense of motion when looking at a still image. a great shot. Wish I was there. :)

Ciao Tom, shame missed tail but fantastic action shoot, great timing, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-12-27 23:08]

excellent wildlife image. excellent timing and framing. tfs.

Hello Tom,
Good photograph, good sharpness, good composition, excellent lighting.
I am happy that you posted this photograph, it has a lot to offer about nature.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-28 11:28]

Hello Tom,
What a moment! I think you see more on this photo than in reality. The deadly pose and scream of the fawn is very impressive and unforgetable. Great action photo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-12-29 2:17]

Hello Tom.
action well taken. the fast speed is indeed very difficult.
the view really tells us about what nature is all about.
thanks for sharing


Hello Tom,
It's clearly a excellent action scene, that you captured at the very right time to make it unforgettable. As many peple here, I think that blur strengthens the feeling that the scene creates.
The position of the fawn is incredible.
To be consistent with what I said in the previous action scene you posted her, the framing is almost perfect (almost for the missing tail!), I prefer really this one.

Hi Tom,
As I just returned from Etosha, this picture really makes me home-sick, longing back to the early morning drives, action, surprises and I can go on and on. A Great action capture of true Africa. It tells a story of it's own and for the photographer, memories and the fact that you witnessed mother nature in all it's forms. The slight blur only indicates the speed of the two animals. Well done for a brave shot in very difficult conditions my friend.
Best regards,

Dear Tom,
I frankly do not understand why you - of all people - mention in your notes remarks some morons might make.

any negative uttering is based on sour grapes only!

One animal dies to feed another one; the survival of the fittest applies.

From the photographic point of view - the story your photo depicts - is breathtaking! If there was no blur, it would be a static image of animals. Same principal applies as in F1 races.

Everybody, who has experienced a kill in Africa knows, that your eyes do not move quickly enough, your brain does not register quickly enough the action.

I think, your work is exceptional - and I wish - there was a place to exhibit perfection.

I thank you for sharing your brilliant work, greetings from Limpopo
And warm regards to your family,

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