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"Keep away"

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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: 2007-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-10 5:18
Viewed: 4522
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Griffon Vulture at a dead sheep
This posture means "keep away, I am the boss". When more than 20 Griffon Vultures are sitting on one dead sheep, the scene is very impressive with a lot of fights between vultures. But these birds have to be carefull not to hurt each other, that is why they "fight" only virtually without using their impressive and dangerous bill but only by showing their harmless feet.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-10-10 5:38]

Hi Tom.
Very beautiful photo of a rarity. It would be nice if you could keep the other one in frame, but it is helpful to understand how close they were. TFS

Hello Tom,
I think that prosperously one can leave only one griffin in the picture all more, that he became caught in very attractive attitude. Suitable adjustment picture will not permit to lose nothing from tragic aspect of the scene, which you described. Upraised paw and all set to of the attack the beak speak themselves behind. Work nice, dynamic and with the beautifully well-chosen depth of the sharpness. In the workshop the proposal which to be perhaps will appeal.
Best regards from Poznañ,

hi tom,

this is again a picture with a wonderful light.brilliant shot!!!i like the colors,i like the composition,i like the action.GREAT!i like the ambiance very much too!and your picture is so sharp that you can notice every small scar on their bodies.
caroline :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-10 6:44]

Hi Tom

This is a terrific action shot presenting the natural behavior of this impressive bird - the griffon vulture.
The details of your shot are exceptional and the timing is simply impeccable. The POV is also excellent and shows the posture very well.
Spot-on exposure and very good DOF, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Tom
Nice action shot! Even better suggestion is to only remove or clone bird in the front and keep space in front of the bird imho. Workshop example is to tight and work only if bird is static.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-10 7:06]

Hi Tom,
an excellent capture, very impressive. Your timing is impeccable, as is the sharp focus and exposure. A great moment caught for us all to see, thanks for sharing this.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-10 8:38]

Hello Tom,
What a great action moment and specially the way you photographed it from a very low POV. That makes the photo impressive. Very sharp with a great DOF. Beautiful colours.

Nice pose and moment shooted.
Excellent details on the griffon.


Hello Tom,
You've taken very funny pose of Griffon vulture.
Very wonderful action shot with delicate details and sharpness.
lovely overall colouration and fine POV and DOF, well composed.
TFS and regards,

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-10-10 10:06]

Most excellent action shot! Crisp and clear with lots of detail and action! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Bonjour Tom, quelle superbe attitude dominatrice du vautour, c'est un excellent shot avec un très bon focus et de belles couleurs naturelles
Bravo pour cette magnifique scène et cette très bonne note,

Hi Tom,
Another perfect capture of yours. What a nice clarity. focus, action, colors, POV/DOF, BG very nice. good notes also.
best wishes

Nice pose. Nice timing. Crisp clear . Beautiful light and contrast. Much appropriate DOF.
Not even a small nit.
A masterpiece.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-10 14:31]

Hello Tom,
Razor sharp details and perfect exposure make this image a hit, I too wondered about the particle vulture, but the workshop didn't work well for me.

Hello Tom,
Oh my dear, what a posture!
Threatning behaviour has been well recorded, pin sharp details and very attractive colours...
Close-up work is well done, with this nicely blurred background!
Pablo -

:-) BRB!

what a pose! awesome and well-timed capture, tom! :-)
terrific low pov and nice composition, with great sharpness and wonderful details, i just would have done
something else with the half vulture on the right - jerzy´s WS is good for that purpose.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-11 2:12]

Hi Tom,
Light and details are very nice. It's a good action shot with a good pose. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Tom
Excellent action shot
Superb details and sharpness
tfs jon

Amazing shot Tom.
Excellent DOF and feather detail,despite the movement.
You've done a fantastic job with this one.
Brilliant work!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-11 5:07]

Great action shot and good note Tom, good sharpness and exposure. Well done,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-11 7:40]

Hello Tom

I guess this is called a bit of a dust up.Wonderful action captured.The focus and details are sharp.Excellent timing in the shot.Nicely composed in the frame.The colours are well saturated.TFS

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-10-12 22:39]

Tom, this is another stunning capture. Once more, great exposure and sharpness. Very nice action, perfect capture.

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-11-07 6:20]

The classic Defend/Attack pose from these vultures. You did very well exposing this photo in the light conditions. Excpetional pose you got here but alas the other vulture cut off takes away some of the glory of the capture. I would crop the other vulture out of the frame to add even more impact to this photo.

Very well done.

Hi Tom,
I think the workshopper - by cutting out the other Vulture - removed the raison d'etre of the photo i.e.keep away!

Your photo is an excellent study in bird behaviour - teaching less observant people (mea culpa)- about the aggressive behaviour.
The high speed - freezing the action - emphasises the threat!

Enjoy the rest of your day,
Warm regrds

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