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The last drop...

The last drop...
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Kingfishers, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, Other birds, The best photo on TN?, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite, Volkan's Best, The predator with the Prey, Karatash's other favorite -II-, Frozen Moments in Time, Trentaure at its Best, my favorite TN choices, Outstanding [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-16 3:19
Viewed: 18870
Favorites: 82 [view]
Points: 230
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture is a big crop from the original frame.
I was thinking over posting this picture or only the full frame picture and I decided to post this one first.

This picture was taken in the next day of the former picture Where is my fish?, I had the luck in this day to capture the kingfisher in the moment that it sat on the branch after its 'fishing trip' you can see here the last drop of water coming out from the fish mouth. Well, the fish didn't have any chance at all, as you see, the kingfisher pinned it right in the middle...

Full description you can find in yt former post Another Kingfisher.

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To fyapici: The original captureelroyie 1 07-24 17:27
To phedgeland: You are welcome to postelroyie 3 08-17 16:45
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What a superb photo!
The details of this fishermen is very good, even if this is a big crop.

I still keep waiting for more photos from you!.

Astounding, absolutely astounding. Flawless. TFS!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-16 3:38]

Stunning, Elroyie. A masterpiece. I don't know what to say.
TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-16 3:41]

Hello Elroyie!
This is amazing shot.Moment you caught is great.Waterdrops,sharpness,POV and composition are excellent.Very well done!Into my favr.

Excellent capture!
Extremely detailed, very good colour.

Hey Elroyie,

This is absolutely magnificent. One of the best shots I have ever seen. Well done !!!

OOPS !!! Sorry I clicked the wrong points !!! Fixed now --- SORRY !!!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-16 3:55]

This is one of the best pictures I've ever seen on TN and not only on TN. Dream picture, stunning picture. Amazing in every inch.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-16 4:08]

Excellent shot Elroyie!
Nothing else to say except superb and well done!


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  • wck (28)
  • [2005-08-16 4:12]

Superb image quality,
Good Title!


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  • foton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 1 N: 13] (420)
  • [2005-08-16 4:37]

Hello Elroyie
This photo is amazing.
Excellent sharpness details & composition.
Well done! TFS

Everything've been said already ;)
Superb shot of exceptional moment - straight to my favs.

Hello Elroyie

This is pure eye candy. The most impressive shot I have seen of a Kingfisher and dinner ....ever!!

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-16 5:22]

Etonnante photo de Martin Pęcheur. La composition est géniale et la précision redoutable. Une photo dont j'aurais aimé ętre l'auteur.



This is an absolutely perfect picture. I'm green with envy. The light is good, the POV is perfect, the BG is perfect, the focus is perfect and the DOF is perfect. Very well done and thanks for sharing this with us. This is the kind of picture you would expect on the cover of a wildlife magazine.


Elroye, pose is excellent, good work, Very good sharpness, details, colours and copmposition. Thanks for sharing


What a shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Excellent portrait and the little fishy with the last drop. WOW, vivid, excellent work. Super.


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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-16 8:10]

Hello Elroyie!
Excellent capture!Colours,srahpnes,details and moment are superb.
Thanks for posting...

Excellent photo Elroiye,

You're very lucky to took this moment.

Just brilliant. Stunning shot, everyting is perfect. Lucky you.

Very impressive shot. I would love to see the full shot, or at least the whole bird. What a capture. Was it manual focus? This is a favorite of mine. I would maybe look to brighten the shot a bit and increase the contrast to get the elecric blue of the feathers out. I hope you dont mind.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-16 10:48]

Hello Elroyie, it's an amazing close up. The drop of water is wonderfull!! TFS Didier.

I am speechless!


Super shoot.Great foto.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-16 14:19]

incredible, extraordinary....
wonderful, amazing, great, unbelievable...
I can not find words for this pic...
I am sorry...

Wow, this is an incredible shot. Excellent timing, perfect pov, great detail.
The water droplet from the fish is amazing.
The detail of the bird is amazing.
A perfect shot! Thank you for posting.

Wow, the perfect moment for the perfect photo.
No more words neccessary - only PERFECT.
Thanks a lot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-16 16:12]
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Perfect shot ! You have cought an unique moment.Going to my favourite.TFS

Outstanding Capture Elroyie,
This has to be one of, if not the best Kingfisher shot I have seen.
Faultless, and a real pleasure to view.
Thanks for posting, have a good week

It's wonderful capture,
I would like to see another photos of this bird

This photo makes me speechless.. absolutely amazing! Elroyie, you have captured an fastastic moment superbly! Exceptional!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-17 0:53]

Hi Elroyie,
Fantastic shot. I love the way you have captured the fish and last drop of water.
I love the Green OOF background.
Fantastic details.
Great focus.
Composition spot on.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-17 6:26]

This is the best shot on TN so far. Period. TFS this fantastic picture, Elroyie.


One word Elroyie - Superb! A fantastic image..Dramatic crop/closeup really brings it to life. People sometimes say that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is worth at least 2000 ;-) Very well done!

SUPER, AMAZING, EXCELLENT, FANTASTIC ...... photo. Well done..!! TFS.


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  • Irith Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 18] (154)
  • [2005-08-17 18:28]

This is really stunning Elro, everything seems

to be perfect here, you just keep up with your

excellent job!

Hi Elroyie, this, like the full frame is perfection. Sharp, detailed and beautifully exposed. Timing is superb. It is amazing :)

Hello Elroyie,

Congratulations on one of the finest postings I have seen on this site, TFS!

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-08-20 3:47]

the best picture of this bird i have ever seen!
the compositon is wonderfull
thanks for sharing..

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-21 17:08]

Hi Elroyie, I've missed this until now! Fantastic shot. It's a beautiful picture no doubt about it. The droplet from the fish really puts some fancy icing on a very nice cake. Congratulations on this shot.

Wonderful capture Elroyie. Excellent sharpness/dof - you can even see some reflection in the water droplet. Colours are very natural and the never excisting background really sets the bird off nicely. the composition/cropping is just perfect. - Lucky you to have these guys around. We had some in this area last summer but I have not seen a single one this summer;-(.

Superb capture. Words can't do it justice. Well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-24 22:10]

What a fantastic shot my favorite Elroyie, i like this photo a lot, colours & light are beautifull sharpness dof & pov great, the most beautifull action i ever seen, thanks for posting.


Fantastic shot! Incredible! The details of the image is very good, colours, composition is perfect. Great shot!

Fantastique, incroyable! La netteté de l'image est parfaite, les couleurs,la composition. Une image impressionnante!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-08-31 3:18]

just fantastic. amazing capture. everything's great. pics like this makes a "gold treasure" of this site. tfs

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-14 6:44]

Woooooooooow !!! During my summer vacation I missed this GREAT shot. The quality is perfect in this outstanding photo ! The last drop is an extra bonus !
Congratulations Elroyie and TFS.

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  • Eric Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 17] (129)
  • [2005-09-17 15:26]

This photo is very fantastic

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2005-09-22 3:36]

Amazing photo with sharp details.

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  • royrak (60)
  • [2005-09-30 21:38]

Wow! it's a amazing shot, perfect timing.

Excellent photo! Everything is perfect. Paul :)

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  • chamur (32)
  • [2005-10-15 8:20]

It can be done only if you are patient enough.

WOW: i love the shot.
Its got bags of impact well done.

What a nice photo. Everything is perfect. The water drop is fantastic. WOW.

Awesome capture Elroyie, into my favorites.

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  • mano Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 5] (48)
  • [2005-11-02 13:29]

Very, very nice shot Elroyie.

This photo needs a little bit mor light and a little more colors (with Adobe Photoshop you can easily correct these elements).

One mo time : beautiful shot and good timing with the drop falling.

Thanks for sharing

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-04 14:22]

E X C E L L E N T _ P I C T U R E !

Technically focus and exposure couldn't be better.
Artistically the composition is perfect, the DOF is great. And best of all, you caught the bird with a fish in its beak. EVEN BETTER, the drop of water.

Great work and TFS

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  • asfur Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 33] (569)
  • [2005-11-15 14:43]

fantastic !!!

WOW!! Que momento, único!!! Parabéns está com nitidez e cores perfeitas! Parabéns Excelente foto! Me impressionei quando vi!!!


Francisco Sales

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-11-19 21:27]

Tonight I am admiring favorite photos of Luc, that very special denizen of TrekNature, and I find this absolutely excellent photo of the Kingfisher with his meal. What a treat for me!
Wonderful picture!
Thankyou very much for sharing,

Excellent catch! Both photographer and kingfisher. Into Favourites.

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2005-12-02 3:30]

Hola Elroyie:
Impresionante. Los detalles y colores del ave son bellísimos. La iluminación en el pico es impresionante así como la forma en que atravieza al pez, cual espada...la gota, ese detalle colgante que le da un toque especial y angustiante de una vida que se va a la composición. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

amazing...I don`t know what to say.
Master work!!!
Everything is the best here!!!

smiles , here you go:)

Oh my. This is a richly composed photo. It has a stop action feel and tells a whole story. Beautiful detail and color. Well done.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-02-04 11:17]

Great moment. Superb sharpness, POV and composition. A masterpiece job.
Well done and TFS

Excellent in all aspects.
Only one stupid nit: the drop of water is sligtly not vertical.
Amazing post, congratulations Elroyie.
Regards, Felipe.

Just amazing ... speechless .... send this one in for a competition ...

Excellent capture!
Extremely detailed, very good colour.

Hi Elroyie!
WONDERFULL!! Excellent shot, details, colors, POC and DOF! I like it!
TFS ;-)

WOW.What an amazing capture of a very elusive bird.Very big congratulations :0)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-03-05 17:01]

Elroyie, every aspect here deserves the maximum! Color, extrem sharpness, exact instant, very good colours.
Perhaps I replace your Goldfinch with this photo as desktop background to admire it!
José M.

hi elroyie,
wonderful shot!!POV,timing,colours,sharpness,details are all great!!
thank you for sharing.

A Exelent shot !

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-05-17 3:42]


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-05-26 4:06]
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Excellent shot! Very well captured with all the amazing details.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-06-30 3:45]

Rewelacyjne zdjecie! pieknie uchwycone, no i ta rybka w dziobie, wspaniale ! Piekne kolory i detale! Szkoda tylko, ze nie zostal ujety caly Zimorodek, troszke tego brakuje.


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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-10 6:19]

All has been said - at least twice!


Very impressive. But I wonder the original capture. Regards.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-19 5:11]

Hi David,

this sure is one of the best photo's on the site. unique moment you caught here and of course the waterdrop is fabulous.


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-09-11 23:41]

Wow Elroyie! What a nice capture! This is absolutely GREAT! Congratulations! A favorite!

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  • geost (20)
  • [2006-10-05 5:30]

well done


this is incredible,
I know about Alcedo is verry interesting but I can't imagine how you can shot it in this moment.

A greatfull TFS


This is the best photo of Kingfisher you took.

What an amazing shot! Perfect bird, perfect place, perfect moment, perfect photographer!

This is the most outstanding shot I've ever seen congrats and very well done awsome in every way TFS rgds Necip.

Amazing photo!

Hi Elroyie,
Wow ,what a picture!It borders on being surreal and that is what I truly like about it,very well done thanks for showing it to the world.Bob

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-02-09 22:26]

Hi Elroyie,
Superb shot. magnificent!!!.it's beyond expression. thank you for sharing the pic.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-25 13:12]

hello Elroyie
this is perfect bird photo with dynamic composition. point of view, depth of field, background, colours, lighting, focus, sharpness and details are great


what a capture, the perfect moment. I like the look in their eyes and the drop of water. Good details and nice OOF BG.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-23 16:50]

incredible, amazing and stunning. I love this shot. man, I want shots like that. The colors, sharpness and details are just amazing the creamy background is just awesome. TFS such a beautiful photo.

Hi elroyie.

An amazing shot with good details , the presentation is fantastic coz of the crop we are able to see the last drop. Picture perfect. Love this shot..



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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-16 5:34]

This picture is uncredible, the sharpness is great and ..., i can only say that's WOW, TFS.

The title is short but almost a dramatic poem...made image when you click and see.
A really unforgetable image!!

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  • mutan Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 0] (329)
  • [2007-06-22 8:07]


Maybe a large crop, but still very detailed.
Excellent timing.

Hello Elroyie, it's a fantastic shot, realy parfect I love it,

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2007-09-01 6:02]

This is a truly amazing photo, Elroyie. Incredible detail.
While we are looking at the 'death' of a fish, I can't help but feel that this photo is just bursting with 'real life'.
A true example of survival of the fittest.

what else!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bravo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-26 3:10]

Hello Elroyie ! I won't try to say something different, I will only say that this is THE shot. Congratulations !



Astounding, superb,amzing, spectacular, fantastic, perfection.

Now that the bird has speared the fish, wonder how he is going to eat it?
He will have to shake it off his beak first and then swollow it. However I 'm sure this will not present too much of a challenge.

Thanks for posting,

Excellent shot! even reflections in the water droplet are visible. Great composition. Sharply focussed

By God that good photo. Very good capture, is the right point, nobody can deny that that fish finishes being catched. My Congratulations!

Hi Elroyie

Let me add a smili to make this amazing shot another point. I can't say anything about this shot. everything is perfect about it.


This is a legend! This picture has become a select member of the 70's favs and more!!!

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-11-12 23:14]

One of the best bird pictures ever made.

wow...I am speechless ! I have tried so many times to catch a good pict. of a malachite kingfischer, but no chance...

This is absolutely magnificent. One of the best shots I have ever seen. Well done !!!

Hi Elroyie
tfs jon

Its wonderfull !!!!! Its terrible beatiful

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  • luibu Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 54] (508)
  • [2009-04-05 14:40]

Esageratamenteee bellaaaaaaaaaaaa ,senza paroleeeeee. Ciao Luigino

i think this an accident. you are very lucky. fabulous shot.

really well done!!
wonderful sharpness and details



Hi Elroyie,

amazing shot.


  • darik47 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 26] (815)
  • [2011-03-18 8:37]

chylę czoła, doskonałe

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  • agrona (32)
  • [2011-05-06 12:09]

Wow...absolutely wonderful!

Good light,

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  • ABON Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 17] (104)
  • [2011-07-03 2:28]

Once in a lifetime shot. Perfect details.
Regards, Morne

Amazing!!Superb!!!Stunning!!! I don't know how you managed this shot...

Hello Devid,Nice timing & a wonderful capture.Like to see more of your captures.

Hello Elroyie,
Great photo, very nice composition with an incredible sharpness!!! Very well done.TFS

Hi Elroyie. Exceptional shot here. Wonderful focus and nicely framed. You had a nice low POV and you got it with a great DOF. Really nice to see the sharpness throughout the whole thing. Beautiful shot! TFS Trevor

Hello Elroyie,
Word is not enough to describe it how nicely you have written a poem with this picture!!!!!!
I haven't seen much such beautiful sad picture here.Superb timing,Strong sharpness and prominent color have made this picture a masterpiece.
Kind regards,

Excellent photograph. Nice composition. Action is there. Pinpoint focus.
Great Job Elroi Devid. Expecting better photos from you. 2points from me.

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