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Common Cranes flying

Common Cranes flying
Photo Information
Copyright: Shahar Ben Varon (shaharbv) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 3 N: 29] (133)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-24 14:25
Viewed: 5448
Points: 22
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Common Cranes flying (Grus grus)

Photo information:
The photo was taken at Hulah Valley, were hundreds and even thousands of cranes, (also many pelicans and other birds) stop for resting in there way north or south.

About Hulah Valley (from Wikipedia):
The Hulah Valley or Hula Valley (in Hebrew: עמק החולה, `Emeq ha-Hūlāh) is an agricultural region in northern Israel with abundant fresh water.
Lake Hulah or Lake Hula (the Biblical Lake Merom) and its surrounding swamps were drained in the 1950s as an attempt to alter the environment to suit agricultural needs. Though initially perceived as a great national achievement for Israel, with time it became evident that the benefits from transforming the "wasteland" of Lake Hula and its swamps were limited. In the past few years, following nearly 50 years of an unsuccessful struggle to utilize the drained valley's resources, the Israeli government has finally recognized that successful development can endure only if a balanced compromise between nature and development is reached. Thus, a small section of the former lake and swamp region was recently reflooded in an attempt to prevent further soil deterioration and to revive the nearly extinct ecosystem.

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Additional EXIF information:
Make - Canon
DateTime - 2006:02:10 13:27:34
ExposureTime - 1/1250 seconds
FNumber - 6.30
ISOSpeedRatings - 400
ExifVersion - 0221
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/1250 seconds
ApertureValue - F 6.30
ExposureBiasValue - 0.33
MaxApertureValue - F 5.60
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 205 mm
ExifImageWidth - 3072
ExifImageHeight - 2048
ExposureMode - Auto
Macro mode - Off
Self timer - Off
Quality - Fine
Flash mode - Not fired
Sequence mode - Continous
Focus mode - One-Shot
Image size - Large
Easy shooting mode - Manual
Digital zoom - None
Contrast - High , +1
Saturation - High , +1
Sharpness - High , +1
Metering mode - Evaluative
Focus type - Auto
AF point selected -
Exposure mode - Av-priority
Focal length - 100 - 300 mm (1 mm)
White Balance - Auto
Flash bias - 0.00 EV
Subject Distance - 13000

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Hi Shahar,
I like your shot, there is so much happening and wow alot of cranes. To enhance the shot I would have cropped the bottom of the shot to remove the grass in the foreground as there is nothing there and is a little distracting from the main area of the image.
Nice shot,

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-11-25 12:17]

Hi Shahar,
Lovely and dramatic image of the migrating cranes. keep up and TFS!!

Hello Shahar,
This is a very interesting post. I think I have never seen so many cranes at the same time on the same picture. This is well done with good POV and details. Movements are well frozen and this is a good composition. There is just something a little weird about this sky but I can't tell exactly what it is... Well done anyway. Thanks,


Hey Shahar!
Very nice presentation of the crane at flight - the compression effect by the long focal length help to create the feeling of mass and difference in dynamic of the subjects (ground or air).
Well done!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-11 2:59]

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

I like this foto, and the cranes. In Romania the cranes are fairly rare. Probably, the Hulah Valley is a rich region in birds, especially in periods of migrations.
Good pictures.
Best Regards. Cezar T.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-12-16 12:04]

wow, there´s really a lot going on in the hula valley! :-)
this was taken in february?
i will be in israel next february/march and hope to see some nice birds, too.
excellent composition, and, i like the version with the
tighter crop and less grass.
well seen & captured, thorsten.
ps: happy hanukkah!

Thanks for dropping by, Shahar. I value your comments on my picture.
I like you candid shot of hundreds of cranes flying together. Your intensive note too adds a lot to the appreciation of your well-managed picture.
Thanks and take care.

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  • joelo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
  • [2007-01-14 19:00]

Shalom Shahar,

Beautiful shot. You make me jealous. There is a plece near me where 20,000 to 25,000 cranes gather every fall, and I have never been able to get a shot like this. Ours scatter to feed during the day and only begin to congregate at dusk.

I started to suggest that a more dramatic sky might help this photo, but on second thought, I think that woudl draw interest away from the birds. I like it as it is. However, I do find my eye drawn to the large expanse of grass. You might consider cropping off a little of the bottom.


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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 260 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-24 15:12]

Hi Shahar,
I was also lucky to view this beautiful spectacle and amazing abundance of birds.I like how you have caught them in flight with such good detail and clarity.The birds on the ground giving real depth to the image.Well done and shalom.
Regards, David

Hello shahar what an amazing view so many of these cranes and well focused good metering good proportion of sky and grass. Great location tfs rgds Necip.

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