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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/300 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-22 15:54
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 142
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
By this shot I want to end my continuous bird series. Why have I selected this ZOO picture as the last one? I don't know. May be because of this was my first shot taken by long awaited lens 100-400 mm and as the first one it impressed me so much. May be because of I like well-dressed men. May be because of that calmness which its outward appearance and expressive eyes radiate. Calmness which so does not suffice us in the country where the not obscure to you governing body rules. May be…

Some time ago, I said: "Good buy Zoo" but I did not say: "Good buy zoo pictures".

This Black Vulture is one of the pair birds of this species in Odessa Zoo. First one is presented here: Lord. There you can see detailed description of situation in Ukraine and some info (and links) about these majestic birds.

I have grown fond of them when for the first time for 20 years has gone to a zoo and have taken there a number of pictures of these birds. By the way, it is a powerful argument in favor of this type of shootings.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-22 15:59]

Hi Alexei,

A wonderful portrait of this Vulture. His face is marvelous - wonderful eye and that beak of his is amazing. Beautiful colors and outstanding details. You certainly made this Vulture look handsome.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2007-05-22 16:03]

Beautiful bird. It does not harm that done in ZOO photo. Pretty shot

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-22 16:07]

Hello Alexei,
Impressive portrait of an impressive raptor with captivating eyes. Great detail as I can see right down to the scratches on the beak. Very well done.
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-22 16:18]

Hi Alexei

Zoo photo or not, you demonstare here agian how much of a skillfull photogrpher you really are!
What an impressive portrait!
I really like the expression on his face here - you are right, it's definitely very eye-catchy :)
Your great zoom lens really helped you get close this time and that made a powerful composition here.
I like the DOF that you used - very apropriate for this type of shooting - keeping the vulture in perfect focus and blurring the BG nicely.
The exposure is spot-on - as usual - and that also gave the photo those beautifully saturated colors.
You say this is the end of your bird series...i'm really looking forward for what's next. Maybe some macros? :))

Anyway, a very big Bravo and TFS, my dear friend!

Ciao Alexei, splendid portrait of this Black volture in great pose with wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi my friend,

I haven't been here for a while but i appreciate your constancy in posting absolute quality pictures.
Here's a fantastic picture again. Artistically and technically perfect. Superb.


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-22 16:55]

hi Alexei
wonderful portrait, outstanding details,
very well done
Bravo and TFS

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-22 17:12]

selam Alex; great shot ,nice colours and beautiful volture with well presented POV . good details and BG. TFS well done.
all the best ,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-22 17:33]

Hi Alexei

An exceptional image - the composition is outstanding as is the detail and colour. Well done!


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-05-22 17:57]

Hi Alexei. Good very sharp close up of this black vulture. This sort of clarity is what i am aiming for in future bird shots.Your 100-400 lens really brings things close. Excellent. Murray.

Bufff vaya enfoque !! Excelente captura donde se aprecian los detalles como si estuvieran a poca distancia. Los colores se ven muy reales.
Saludos Alexei.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-22 18:16]

Hola Alexei,
una captura estupenda,
bellos detalles,
nitidez y textura muy realista,
gran trabajo amigo,

Alexei, this is a fantastic capture with your new lens.
What an amazing fucus on the beak and eye of this vulture!
Great job, my friend.

Hi Alexei,
This is a remarkable picture!
I don't know also your reasons to post this picture, but whatever they would be, just thanks to do it.
It's a master class on focus and DOF on the bird.
The things around become blurred so nicely.
Just look at that eye, very impressive stare, and a freat contrast with the white strip around.
A magnificent composition on wich the background was so effective putted away.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Alexei,
Fantastic picture. The pov and composition are great. Beak, eyes, plumage are well registered. This black vulture looks gracious with that piecing eye and broad shoulders. You did great with your new zoom lens. TFS this masterpiece.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-22 23:03]

Hi Alexei,
Splendid shot of this bird. Excellent focus on its face and very sharp details. The expressive eyes and their intensive look has another story. Perfect light management. Congratulations for your new lens. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-22 23:44]

Hello Alexei,
He does have a noble countenance and looks very dignified.
This is a wonderful portrait of this black vulture.
The details are incredibly sharp and well exposed.
Amazing to see all those scratches on his beak.
Fantastic eye contact.
TFS. : )

Hello Alexei, very nice capture of this beautiful Vulture, marvelous collors and details, great POV and BG..well done..

Hello Alexei , very good and impressive portrait of this magnificent raptor , TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-23 4:34]

What a marvellous portrait!! This vulture even seems a likeable guy!
The details are really amazing. Luckily you didn't say good buy to zoo pictures. This one is a marvel! Going to the Zoo may be a bit disappointing and distressing for those who love nature, yet pictures like yours show that a great photographer with a great lens can take the best of those places.
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-23 6:10]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent this portrait of Milord. It is always amazing to see how photogenic the vultures are. This one has a very interesting expression. The picture mixes sharp parts with smoother ones, what gives the impression of a painting. A very fine shot.
Thank's and best regards

Dear Alexei!
Yes, this one looks really like a lord! Perfect details and very good DOF. I like also the "face-to-face" POV :>
Have a nice day and best greetings!

Hi Alex
Very nice portrait. Interesting colors. Brown on brown. I like it very much.
Best greetings

Voilà un oiseau qui a l'air fier de se faire photographier.
Bonne journée.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-23 8:13]

Hi Alexei.
If you unwritten as though you took this shot in ZOO,I would believed as though is it in nature.
Very well adjusted DOF managed blurry BG and look concentrated only on face hereof amazing bird of prey.Accurate sharpening giving great sharp details on plumage in face and on his beak too.Beautiful colors are very well saturated-all nuances brown color are really splendid.
Wonderful portrait!My compliments and thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Hello Alexei,
You must be proud to have this wonderful lens! What a fluffy fellow that you present us today :) Details, exposure, tones of colors and composition are beautiful. I also like this beautiful blurred BG. This is a high quality picture. Well done with interesting notes. Thanks,
PS, I think that this title is much appropriated :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-23 8:29]

Hello Alexi,
Superb plummage detail in this wonderful close up portrait, it does display a noblity with it's appearance, thanks Alexi.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-23 9:38]

Hello Alexei,
this is really impressive .. all the details you captured on this bird, one can see evry little scratch in that beak.
Gorgeous how he sits in this wonderfful light, a regal fellow he is.
Love the composition, you filled the frame perfectly.

This bird sure looks fierce, nice detail in the plumage, good exposure too, well taken.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-23 11:40]

Privet Alexei,
Magnificent portrait.POV,DOF you managed,clear details,exposure and lighting are exclelent.

Hi Alexei,
An outstanding portrait shot on this Black Vulture! Some really nice soft light and a nice job using spot metering here.
Even at f6.3 DOF is shallow, and I like the effect of the face and beak being sharp with a gradual falloff in DOF. I am guessing you were close to him as the DOF gets very shallow. Tack sharp in all the needed areas. Really a nice shot!

Looks like a 3D image.
It is looking AT ME. Its beak comes "out" of my lap-top
Love your HIGHLY educative notes.
Your true friend,
Mario in Canada.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-23 22:27]

Hello Alexei

A wonderful portrait of this vulture.The focus is spot on with sharp details.The lighting has a nice warm glow.You have captured nice catch light in the eye.The BG has a pleasant bokeh and the overall colour palette is very good.Wonderful details in the plumage.TFS


Hello Alexei,
A strong portrait... A strong bird!
Impressive expression is captured, that bird is very determined!
Excellent details in the plumage, DOF is spot on and the colours are very pleasant!
Pablo -

Hola Alexei,
Extraordinario retrato, es imponente la majestuosidad, y belleza de esta ave, Saludos.
José Ramón

Hello Alexei a superb detailed shot with nice light great portrait angle and pose caught tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Alexei,
congrats to you new lens, it seems to be a good one,
the details specially on the beak are really good.
Pity about the shallow DOF.
Good POV and well composed.
Well done, my friend.

bonjour alexei
là encore c'est parfaitement reussi avec netteté couleurs et details.
le BG est neutre est parfaitement flou.
encore bravo!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-24 16:09]

You have captured a fine looking fellow here Alexei. Great portrait, Wonderful details on the feathers - I feel like I could touch them. Excellent light, wonderfully sharp and great DOF



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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-05-24 21:08]

Hello Alexei,
A very nice image, I have one very similar but I don't think as good as this. I agree with your feelings for these birds, I like them too. Great quality image, I'm very impressed with your new lens. Excellent exposure, great colour and detail, very well captured.

Thanks for your visit to my gallery, it's always nice to hear from you. I'm sorry I haven't posted any images for a while, I have no time to go out with my camera lately and little time to visit TN. I hope that will change soon but for now I must work.
Best regards,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-25 0:39]

Hi Alexei.
The lOrd looks majestic in every way..There is a composed demeanour that reflects the suave community of well dressed and well mannered individual who throng today's society.
Good detailing and colour palette.
TFS & Cheers

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-05-25 9:28]

Priviet Alexei!

New lens and another beautifull bird's portrait. I like its pose - you're right - real Lord, proud and dignified. Brown-desrt colours of feathers and BG are perfect for steppes of South Ukraina. Even in zoo :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-25 10:29]

Hello Alexei,
This is certainly worth presenting - it is quite amazing! I like the way the head is turned in a nice angle to show the eye and beak very clearly and framed in by a hood of fluffy feathers. I'm also impressed by the sharpness and the colours of the plumage. Nice soft background too. Brilliant work!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Alexei.

Fantastic Bird, very beatiful image.

Jose Luis.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-05-25 12:19]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful portrait,
Perfect details,
Sharpness,colors and background are perfect,

Dear Alexei,
excellent pose. Outstanding portrait, very clear, and very smooth. The soothy colours are looking really noble, and in contrast to the dark feathers, the white skin on the beak stands out in very subtle mother-of-pearl colours. Very artistic image, made with utmost precision, and feelings.
Congratulations, my friend.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-25 13:12]

Hi Alexei,
This is a very powerfull portrait of this vulture.
Perfect sharpness and details. Lovely colours. Congratulations with this capture.
TFS Paula

Hi Alexei,
Simply I want to qualify it with only one word: majestic.
Superb details and bird look. 10 points job!

hello ALEX
ho là là cet oeil sevère!!! belle présentation de cet animal, beau détail dans le plumage
bravo et merci

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-26 5:16]

Hello Alexei,
This is a superb Vulture, his face is impressive. Here in Alps Vulture are rare, sometime I am lucky to see our "Gypaete barbue" in sky, he is 2.40m wings size, but I have no photo of him...
The "+++" : composition, great subject, expression, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, light & exposure, useful note...
The "-" : perhaps more space on the right side...
Bravo and best regards.

Hi dear Alexei ,
excellent focus and great sharpness.
well composed and it has good light.
very well done
thanks for sharing

Impresionante retrato por su gran calidad.
Perfecta definición. Agradable iluminación con unos detalles extraordinarios.
Una obra de arte, seguro.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-26 12:52]

Hi Alexei,
Absolutely masterpiece in animal portrait! My eyes go from one part from other on the picture enjoying the aesthetic perfection. Beak texture? Feathers colours? Pose?... Everything is really attractive and beautiful.
Thank my friend to gift us this photo.
José Miguel

Hi Alex,
Absolutely a superb close up shot. Well focused and great sharpness. Very aesthetic image too!


hello Alxei

your picture has a great visual impact, due to the expresion of this magnificietn bird plenty of strongness +
technicaly the picture is perfect : exposition , sharpness,colours, pov and bg



HELlo Alexei
Il est Magnifique ce portrait , les couleurs sont superbes Cette photo prise de très près est fantastique
Merci et Bravo ....JP

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-27 16:56]

Hello Alex,
The is a perfectly composed portrait of your vulture. It is an interesting study in DOF. I see the beak is razor sharp, but there is still find detail on feathers and fading into a nice blurred background. The second thing I notice has to do with the outstanding exposure. The light is very even throughout and it reveals very nice rich but natural colors. The overall technical qualities of the photo are amazing and it does not matter that it was taken at zoo.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-05-28 12:30]

Hello Alexei,

What a lovely detailed picture, the beak together with it eye are of great class, beautiful job. TFS.


Hi Alexei,
yes, that's a realy Milord - I love that face and the big beak. A noble bird and you captured it so close and sharp, very well done, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-28 18:54]

Beautiful work Alex!
Looks like vulture Mona Lisa, outstanding light and details with great managed DOF and BG, nothing to complain about, it's just perfect.
Ps. Watched the news last night and was surprised that our countries had exactly the same problems, hope everything goes well now!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-29 5:16]

Hi Alexei,
It's a very good portrait of the black vulture with very good light and colors. TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-29 17:36]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful capture,excellent portrait.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-30 14:55]

Hi Alexei,

Wow what a superb portrait shot of the impressive Black Vulture, the feather detail is just excellent with a great POV and a fine pose, I really like the warm colour tones and the lighting is just beautiful.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-30 17:11]

hello Alexei
wonderful portrait photo of this impressive black vulture
that is giving nice pose to you
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details are great
thanks for sharing

Great bird shot. Amazing sharpness in the front there. I like the contrast to the blurred background.

Belle photo de ce superbe oiseau, cela vien de votre photo, car lui a mauvaise réputation, pourtant il est bien nécessaire. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-06-05 12:16]

Sharpness and details are perfect, exposure is spot on and the colors and saturation is perfect. DOF is wonderful as well. I like how the wind is blowing his feathers from the back. Very handsome shot.

Hello Alexei,
You have done a superb job with this. A nature portrait should convey the true spirit or essence of the animals personality. This photo does this famously :) Very well done.

Hi Alexei

Magnificent capture. I think everyone has said it all. :-)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2007-07-17 13:32]

Hi Alexei
Great close-up shot. Great colours and sharpnes.
Well done mf


Hallo Alexei,
a superb portrait, outstanding sharpness and incredible details, excellent point of view with an intense eye contact, marvellous colours.
Best regards

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