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one for the eyes

one for the eyes
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Copyright: teunie polak (wuta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/140 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Intimate Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-25 12:51
Viewed: 5685
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vulture is the name given to a group of 15 species of birds in the Old World. The largest of these has a wingspan of up to 2.8 m and weighs up to 8.5 kg. The various species occur in southern Europe, India, Africa, the Near East, Japan, and Korea. Possessing keen vision, the vulture can see the carcasses of dead animals and the movements and activities of other scavengers, birds, or mammals from great distances. The vulture also prefers open spaces, foraging over grassland, thornbush, macchia, karoo, desert, and other sparsely vegetated regions, while it avoids large forested areas.
Despite their powerful bill, most species of vultures have difficulty in penetrating the hides of larger mammals, and often have to wait for some decomposition to take place or for the activities of other scavengers, such as the hyena, to open the carcass. Their long neck is usually nude, like their head, enabling them to reach deep inside the dead animal on which they feed. Unlike birds of prey, the talons of Old World vultures are relatively weak and unsuitable as weapons of attack. Their large, powerful wings, however, allow them to soar for hours at a time on the warm air currents. In their role as one of nature's "garbage collectors," the vulture performs an effective and useful function.

This photo is taken in Antwerpen Zoo , I hope you like it .

dew77, InI23, Tamrock, Alex99, marhowie, loot, RAP, AndyB, clnaef, fiyo, ramthakur, livios, NellyD, cecilia, nainnain, horia, SkyF, stevkds, pablominto, Janice, cicindela, maurydv has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-25 12:54]

Hello Teunie,
Magnificent capture.I liked POV,clear details,catchlight in eyes,framing,expression on face,lighting and composition a lot.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-01-25 13:26]

Nou Teunie ik vind hem prachtig.
ik herrinner me deze ook nog in die februari dag. het was toen best mooi weer, prachtige capture, goede pov uitstekend werk.
groet Jaap

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  • InI23 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 6 N: 29] (158)
  • [2007-01-25 13:26]

Quite the bizarre looking bird. Looks like a face only a mother could love. I like how you captured the little white something or rather hanging from the tip of his beak. Nice Job!

hmmm...beautiful ore ugly?:)
great one anyway with fine
sharpness and good pov
well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-25 13:44]

Hi Teunie.
What an amazing portrait you have created. Your model is simply perfect and play its role perfectly. You together were perfectly prepared for the shootings. Nice clothes, excellent lighting, prefect mood. It was necessary it is not enough: great talent and taste. You have all these component of great portrait photographer. BRAVO and my compliments to you.

amazing photo. I can almost feel his beak!

A striking profile portrait Teunie.
Nice sharpness and details..
A somewhat unsavory character here ;)
Well done and Thank You!

Salut Teunie
Je crois que ce portrait est de toute beauté avec une belle présentation et les détails et les couleurs sont vraiment réussis..
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-25 15:34]
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Hi Teunie

What a wonderful refreshing photo you took of Jaap. I am sure he is very impressed with the result since you made him look rather well (ha-ha-ha). That would be a good ‘pay-back’ after the series of “My wife’s portrait” shots he showed us some time ago (chuckle).

You did excellent with this portrait of the Asian White-rumped vulture - Gyps bengalenis. It is a rather difficult subject to photograph due to the pitch black plumage, neck, head, and beak contrasted against the snowy white collar. However you did well to show excellent details and contrasts on all black areas and most white areas with just a tad of OE on the collar. The colours are very well saturated with that beautiful eye showing its reddish-brown colouration very well. The BG is well removed and complimentary and the composition is great.

Well done and TFS.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-25 16:04]

Marked details in this bird with so much bad fame, but that fulfills an important function in the nature Teunie.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I like it: framing (too tight to the right), frame (produces a distractive effect).

I don't like it: nothing to quarrel.

Nice portrait with suitable bottom and lighting.
Thanks and regards... Ricardo

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2007-01-25 17:46]

Hello Teunie,
An ugly bird but a very nice portrait!
Excellent detail,a little OE on its neck feathers but nothing too bad.
Great work,TFS

Hi Teunie,
Great close up shot.
Sharp and great details.
Well done.

Ben Lakitan

Excellent portrait avec un oeil bien vif.
Bonne journée.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-26 3:25]

Impressive shot,Teunie!
Colors,sharpness and details are great.
Well done.

Hello Mrs Polak,
Thanks for your visit and kind words on my recent picture of a dragonfly.
This is an impressive facial portrait of a vulture. Very sharp and clear details and colours.
These scavengers are extremely useful in a country like India where the meat of milch cattle like cows and buffaloes is taboo by way of food among Hindus. The rural India, however, has a large number of these domestic animals and disposing off the dead cattle is the job of these creatures.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-26 15:39]

Teunie, I like vultures, and this is a great shot.

Excellent pov and sharpness to show us this guy.

I like colors too.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-01-26 19:38]

Hoi Teunie,

Leuk om weer een foto van je te zien en dit vind ik een hele goeie.
Een mooi en imponerend portret, prachtige kleuren, goeie scherpte en details.
Mooi gedaan!

Groetjes, Nel

Outstanding profile capture, well taken indeed.

Hi Teunie this is very detailed sharp and lovelly lighting a beautifully ugly bird :-) good pose TFS rgds Necip.

Hello Teunie,
I'm glad to see a new post from you :) Wow, this is an impressive bird and picture again. I like this close crop and composition. This guy seems to be wearing a fur coat :) This picture is great by its details, exposure and POV. Well done! Thanks,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-28 16:10]

Hi Teunie

What an ugly fellow :-) Stunning details, nice close shot and a great POV. Good DOF as well



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-28 21:44]

Hello Teunie

A wonderful capture of this interesting vulture.The Plumage is amazing.The DOF and POV are excellent.The details and colours are superb.Excellent Effort.TFS


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-01-29 2:21]

Hello Teuni,

Wij hebben beiden zeer uitvoerig naar deze foto gekeken, en dat het een bijzondere is, daar wordt niet over geredetwitst, zeer uitzonderlijk zelf qua kwaliteit en kleur, samenstelling, maar de wittkraag doet me een beetje denken aan ons groot moeder in de winter, wat is dit mooi zeg!
Proficiat met deze.


super cette macro, détails et couleurs excellentes
bravo et merci
bonne semaine amitiès

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-30 17:00]

Hi Teunie

This is a very interesting portrait!
The look od this vulture reminds me of the popular description of a ...mother-in-law :))))))
Seriously now, the photo is great and the pose of the outstanding!
The details are nice and the colors are lovely!
I really love that white collar ;)

Bravo and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-31 16:58]

Hello Teunie,
lucky hi, in this kind of weather a fuer colar would be great!
Amazing shot, very sharp and the details are excellent. Very nice POV, and the reflection in the birds eye is wonderful. A nice tight crop and good framing.

hi Teunie,
beautiful catch of sight a beautiful portrait of this vulture beautiful clearness on the other hand I like a little less your framework but these Juste a history of taste


bonjour teunie
vous avez reussi un tres bon portrait de cet oiseau pourtant assez ingrat,les plumes sont particulierement detaillées.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-02-03 20:06]

Outstanding portrait of this vulture. Excellent sharpness, color, and exposure.

Excellent shot Teunie. Shot is really strong in emotions and gentle same time. Very well done. TFS. Stev

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2007-02-05 22:39]

Hi Teunie,
Great Vulture portrait my friend.
I like your pov,colors,focus,sharpness,framing and lighting.TFS

Hello Teunie,
An excellent profile portrait!
Great details, and the bird is very well framed...
The feather coat looks so real, very well done!
Pablo -

HA'lo Teunie,

Deze foto doet me denken aan een advocaat!
DE heer in z'n fijne jas, met bontkraag...

En wat uit zunne bek hangt is het ressie
van 't fortuin van eene cliënt!

Marvelous portrait! Tfs, J.

PS Op z'n Afrikaans: wragtig pragtig!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-11 8:30]

What a Portrait!!Details are fanatstic and composition is very nice..TFS!!!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-11 14:34]

What a beauty!! And I love his fur collar. Very well captured, maybe a little too tightly cropped, but the details are nice and sharp. Well done,

Hi Teunie!
Very good close-up with very nice sharpness, details and DOF. I like also colour of the frame, clearly corresponding with natural colouration of bird's head.
TFS and have a nice evening,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-24 5:11]

Hello Teunie, what a great portrait of this impressive bird! Details are pin sharp, the exposure is perfect and the colors are fine, thanks!


Hello Teunie
A absolute stunning portrait of this vulture. A perfect close-up with sharp and splendidly captured details. This guy is so prim and proper it looks as if it is dressed up to go to a fancy dress party. It looks as if he is wearing a kings gown. This is really super photography. A well deserved AA++ for this photo. It is flawless with excellent camera work and technical skills. Looking at this beautiful image I just wonder why is it that you have not posted any new images for such a long time now? Thanks for sharing this splendid close-up. Kind regards.

Ciao Teunie,
bellissimo ritratto di questo rapace, eccellenti POV e DOF, splendida composizione in cui l'avvoltoio sembra essersi messo in posa, super la definizione con ottimi dettagli, perfetta esposizione con una bellissima resa delle tonalità e delle sfumature dei colori.

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