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"looking for freedom"

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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma APO 100-300 f/4 EX IF HSM
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-09 2:52
Viewed: 5064
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 158
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken five months ago At Darica Zoo.
Have a nice week and hope you’ll like it.

Eagles are large birds of prey, which are found mainly in the Old World, with only two species (Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle) in North America and a few in South America. They are members of the bird order Falconiformes, family Accipitridae and belong to several different genera, not necessarily closely related to each other.
Eagles are known for their sharp vision.
Usually, however, eagle eyes are too keen for the birds to fly blindly into danger. In fact, eagles' vision is among the sharpest of any animal. Wedge-tailed Eagles, for instance, can see twice as far as people. Studies suggest that some eagles can spot an animal the size of a rabbit up to two miles away.
In part, eagles have excellent vision because their eyes, which are very large in proportion to their heads, are densely packed with sensory cells. While humans typically have 200,000 light-sensitive cells per square millimeter of retina, eagles may have 1 million -- five times more. Similarly, while humans have only one fovea, a funnel-shaped part of the retina where vision is sharpest, eagles have two. Finally, where people see just three basic colors, eagles see five, enabling them to pick out even well-camouflaged prey.
Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs and powerful talons.
Infos from :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle and http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/eagles/index.html urkish population 100-1000

Nikon D200
2006/04/15 15:46:49.7
Lens: 100-300mm F/4 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot
1/500 sec - F/4
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto

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Merhaba Sebnem,
Very nicely composed picture. Very sharp and neat image. Well framed.

Ben Lakitan

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-09 3:07]

Hello my friend!

Fantastic portrait! I love dark mood, pose and eyes of this beautifull animal. It could be used as logo of USA [or Poland, because we've got also eagle as our national emblem]. Perfect job Sebnem, congratulations!

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Süper yakın plan çekim.Netlik, ışık, detaylar, renkler ve çerçeve muhteşem. Kartalın kadrajdaki yerleşimini çok beğendim. Tebrikler.


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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-09 4:12]

Sharpness, light and comp. is great.

This is a very attractive "dark and moody" portrait of a Golden Eagle. The light falling on the eagle's face emphasises it nicely. I might have recomposed slightly - the space behind the eagle adds nothing to the image - but that can be easily changed. A very distinctive portrait, technically very well handled.
Thanks, Nigel.

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım.
Teknik olarak söyleecek söz zaten yok. Ancak kartalın bakışlarının ve yüz ifadesinin çok etkileyici olduğunu belirtmeden geçemeyeceğim.
Elinize sağlık. Selamlar

Hello Sebnem !
This is an unusual picture, dark and a bit mysterious. I love the wonderful expression on the eagle's face, I wonder what he was looking at... Composition, colors, details, POV, everything is really splendi. Very well done !

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-09 7:08]

Hi Sebnem

SUPERB shot of this very impressive eagle!
I really like the lighting effects on it, with the shadows and lighted parts alternating beautifuly.
Lovely colors and very nice sharp details, too.
Also i find the positionin in the frame to be excellent and the composition outstanding.

Bravo and TFS

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-09 7:08]

This is a beautiful picture Sebnem. The black background works perfectly and makes this picture extra-special. The details are still fine, even in the shady part. I like the POV and composition aswell. Well done & TFS!


Hi Sebnem,
Very dramatic lighting and pose really make this an excellent shot. Nice side lighting and dark shadow effect is great here. Awesome!

Şebnem Hanım merhaba.

Bu foto gözüme özellikle değişik göründü. Birinci sebebi ışığın kullanımdaki ustalık diğeri de kartalın konumlandırılması.Gölgeler kartalın bakışları ile o kadar uyumlu ki gözlerine düşen gölge insanın içini ürpertiyor. Belki bu pozun doğada çekilmiş olması onu mükemmel kılabilirdi ama hayvanat bahçesinde çekilmiş olması yine de güzelliğine gölge düşürmemiş.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-10-09 7:54]

Nice shot Sebnem..Liked the expression in his face.Details are nice&good POV.

Hello Sebnem,
This dark tone picture has charm in itself. Look-up pov emphasizes the powerfulness of this bird of prey. Very well done.

Hi Sebnem!
The jet black BG does it for me!
So the eagle that stands etched against the blackness looks invincible, formidable and Lord of what he surveys from up there with those "Eagle" eyes.
A fantastic portrait that inspires wonder, amazement and awe.

Hi Sebnem,
Magnificent portrait. I like the composition, details, exposure, color, and POV alot :)
Very well done.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-10-09 11:21]

hi dew77
here is meaningful title and impressive exposure for king of sky. point of view, dark background, colours, focus, sharpness, details, frame and note are great.

Hi Sebnem,
Think it is the Golden Eagle depicted here.
The light falling on it is good.

Hello Sebnem,
A strong portrait, where you capture the majestic features of this bird very well!
Interesting side light makes a great effect with the dark background...
Good natural colours and excellent details in the plumage!
Pablo -

bonjour sebnem
felicitation pour ce portrait majestueux,avec de bons details et la netteté impeccable.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-09 13:49]

Great POV, lovely details and beautiful tones. Lovely dark BG, it really brings out the orange of the eyes.



Hi Sebnem,

Impressive shot.
Perfect sharpness,colours,lightning,POV and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-09 14:53]

Hi Sebnem,

Stunning portrait, lovely POV and the composition is just superb the Eagle looks so majestic, I love the dark colours they work so well the the lighting on the side and the dark BG is perfect.

TFS Hilary :o)

Great portrait work Sebnem, the balance of light and shade is excellent. well done.

Bonjour Sebnem
Bravo pour la netteté et les détails de ce portrait. Superbe exposition .Tres jolie la composition et joli BG.
Au revoir et merci...JP

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-10 7:30]

Hi Sebnem
Great shot. I like the using of light.Great composition. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done my friend


Hi Sebnem,
This is a wonderful portrait of this majestic bird! I like the way you caught him with semi shadow, it is really beautiful. I also like those details, composition and this great eye contact. Thanks for those useful notes about their vision. Something new I learned today again:) Thanks,

I like this, seems like a staged portrait shot, clean, sharp and shadows in the right places, nice work.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-10 13:14]

Hello Sebnem,
this looks great, the dark BG adds to the dramatic mood. Very well composed portrait. Nice details and excellent lighting. You captured the longing for freedom very well.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-10-10 23:08]

Hi Sebnem,
Great Eagle portrait.
I like your dark bg,eagle's pose/expression,pov,dof,frame and note.TFS

Hello Sebnem,
Magnific portrait, I love the eagle look; Darks condition and side illumination makes a great strong image.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-12 13:42]

great shot Sebnem,
fantastic, composition, the low light is marvelous and give a fine atmosphere, very good composition and a fine pov, very good job.
gr. jaap

Merhaba Sebnem very nice shot. I like the light and the pose is very nice. Composition is good also . Good detail. Very well done Selam Necip.

composition, couleurs et surtout détails , tout est parfait
merci du partage et bravo

Hi Sebnem
Great portrsit.Perfect lighting and POV,also very good BG.

The BG is STUNNING. It gives excellent photographic
value to your attractive subject.
Well composed & presented.
Love your notes.
Best regards,

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-10-13 14:41]

this has a 'phantom of the opera' feel to it..
subdued yet powerful by association with the muted detail..the eyes are good and the feather detail excellent..i feel if it was brighter it would be just another portrait..
well done

Hi Sebnem,
the light at the left side is so good!. Great "close-up".

Hi friend,
Beautifull Close-up! Perfect colours and quality! Lovely composition!
Take care Ana:)

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-10-14 13:17]

Hello Sebnem, I quite like the dark moody feel to it but I think it would have been enhanced if there was some light on the other side of his head - either that or if the bird turned to face the left. Well done on the capture.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-14 14:20]

Hi Sebnem.
What an original shot, my dear friend. This is an excellent decision to create a portrait of an eagle in a dark tonality (key). As a result the impressiveness of your picture is great. My compliments,

Hi Sebnem,
10X!!!! Fantastic portrait!


Hello Sebnem,

excellent portrait of this big bird, excellent colurs Bg, POV DOF the black and shaded BG to me make this photo dramatic, excllent work,

TFS Kyle

Agradable imagen de este busto de águila, que mira tranquila sabiéndose reina de los cielos, que no renuncia a la libertad si pudiera recuperarla. Has sabido captar a mi entender la mirada serena y al mismo tiempo escrutadora de esta gran ave que no pasa por sus mejores tiempos en cuanto a conservación.
Felicitaciones Sebnem.
Saludos, JL.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-16 12:15]

Merhaba Sebnem,
A magestic portrait, with a serious and beatiful color, a wonderful pose, excellent details, a perfect background and pov. Very good job!
TFS, José M.

Hello Sebnem,
the iconical pose, the face to face point of view, the deep moody colours in front of a very dark but subtly shaded background, the excentric but perfectly well balanced composition - just wonderful.
Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-10-16 23:46]

Sebnem, a "dramatic" and great image.

Perfect composition, pov and sharpness. I like the dark mood too.

An excellent job. Congratulations.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-10-17 20:50]

Hi Sebnem,
Very classic portrait! Excellent lighting and perfect exposure with good highlight details.

Perfect composition Sebnem! I just wish the background were lighter to afford more contrast, but you could hardly tell the eagle to move, LOL!

Well seen,


HI Sebnem,
This picture is worth a million, great dramatic lighting and exposure. good colors and composition too
Powerful image
Goutham R

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-10-18 11:06]

Very nice shot. I love the angle of the lighting it gives it more of a dramatic scene fitting with the title. Looks as the eagle is searching for somthing. Nicely composed.

Hi Sebnem,
it's a little dark and mystic - and this orange eye is very impressive - wow, that's a realy phantastic shot with a special atmosphere of that noble bird, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-10-19 11:15]

hi Sebnem, wonderful shot and sad notice. Becouse all birds in ZOO are in prison. Motre than ather animals. They are born to be free and fly. Good explanation.

Müthiş kaliteli bir fotoğraf. Fakat bana daha çok son darbeyi indirmek için konsantre oluyor havası verdi. Tebrikler

Hi, Sebnem.
Proud powerful bird. Good composition and sharpness. Nice BG and POV.

A very superior image...Brilliant shot as always....

Well I can see why you received so many points for this shot...you earned them. The side lighting and off center pose is stunning.


Evelynn : )

I like the low key exposure of the photo. It sets a nice mood. I might have considered a portrait crop insteadt of the landscape but thats just me. :)

Well done.

Super photo, very dramatic lighting. The composition of the eagle on the left with the lines of it's body flowing into the dead space works very well.
Your note says 0 exposure compensation, but also spot metering. I assume you metered for the beak, then, otherwise the image would be a lot lighter.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-26 21:01]

Hello Sebnem,
It's a very nice low-key portrait full of power and dignity. Eagle rules - no question! And it's an eblem of Poland :-)
Best greetings,

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-02 4:17]

Bonjour Sebnem, excellent capture of this eagle. Lighting and POV are perfect. Well done, Didier.

what a wonderful mood you hav created almost loosing the bird too the background in points... it is almost like a sketch...

great light and composition...


Sorry OOP PT :-)

wow! what a beautiful photo of this proud bird..I love the dark background and the highlights of his feathers..indeed an amazing photo....great shot and great PP work...
Thanks for your comments on my Red sky in the Morning photo..
Thanks for sharing yours!
Donna :o)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-04 20:44]

Hello Sebnem

An amazing shot .The lighting is superb.It gives it an artistic look like a painting.You have used an excellent POV and made a wonderful composition.Simply beautiful.TFS


  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-05 15:19]

This looks like a painting, well seen and captured Sebnum, TFS

Belle photo,cet aigle a un regard, si Jean Gabin avait vu ces yeux,c'est a lui qu' il aurait dit cette tirrade très connue par chez nous. "T'a de beau yeux tu sais" . Thomas

Majestic and regal! Indian and Nepal are filled with free eagles even in cities, they swoop down to feast!

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-14 11:59]

merhaba şebnen hanım;
güzel bir kare daha, tebrikler selamlar

Hello again, Sebnem! This is an incredibly beautiful portrait of the eagle. His gaze is so poignant, unguarded, so different from the usual confident stare. You have captured him in a vulnerable moment, and your title rightly describes this. Fabulous shot! Well done as always! Thank you very much, Linda

hi sebnem!
i reaaly like the mix between the
light and the darkness in this
beautiful picture!
sharp with fine pov to
good work

Hi Sebnem, imperial portrait of this eagle, great pose, lovely details and wonderful colors, very well done, have a nice week endciao Silvio

I have been watching your pictures and I am honest enough to tell you that you are the most talented photographer in this Trek Universe, you have the ability to have the whole nature embrace you for amazing shots and amazing moments, thank you for sharing your experiences and the care to write useful notes to all of us.
Kind regards,

I like this capture a lot. The highlights are exposed just right, I like how the rest of the raptor is concealed in the shadows. :)

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-03-01 9:19]

Hi Sebnem,
Really fantastic portrait!I like pose of this beautiful bird.Light is also very good.
Very nice photo.

Excellent portrait Sebnem. I really like composition and quality here. Technically perfect picture. Parades. Tfs. Stev

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-31 10:16]

A very poinient shot Sebnem. Your f/4 aperture ensured the focus on the light part of this beautiful Eagle. It is very dramatic in a soft and thoughtful way. In fact it is a prize shot! I am not sure how you managed this without partial metering and without a fill flash! I have to say that this is one of the most beautiful shots I have seen so far on TN (but don't tell anybody!) It has a place against the greatest depth of poetry, literature and film.
tfs debz

Another amazing shot from you. What a strong looking bird. It looks like you trained it for this pose. great job.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-18 11:04]

Hi Sebnem,
Outstanding portrait shot of the eagle with superb lighting effects and sharp details. Very artistic shot. I like its intense eyes and the composed look in them. Excellent POV to portray this regal pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Je voie que cette photo à déjà beaucoup de commentaires..
Mais comment ne pas écrire sur cette image..
Tuot à déjà été dit.. Alors juste félicitation..

Great shot! The low pov and the way the eagle is looking makes it appear majestic. Good composition also.

Dear Sebnem (Dew),
I have gone through your photographs and found all of them with grand exposure, sharpness & the finest details one could vere achieve otherwise. This one also carries all the virtues of good close of a bird with expressions to what you said as "looking for freedom". TFS.

Muhteşem bir kare daha Şebnem hanım.Siyah zeminde harika olmuş.

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