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Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-04
Categories: Birds, Savannah
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-24 11:57
Viewed: 3151
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a member of the crane family Gruidae. It is native to the dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara. I captured this cutey at the Calgary zoo somewhat obscured by the grass but wonderfully backlit to show the plumage.

PP: A crop and reframe.

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To Evelynn: WSmbasil 2 08-25 19:07
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Wahou ! What a wonderfull shot with a really good POV. And what a nice aircut !

Hello Mike,
Indeed, it is a beauty! And you capture him well...
He gives you a good pose, and the backlight does a lot of good...
Pleasant colours and details, in this well framed image!
Pablo -

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-24 13:26]

Very nice shot Mike,
the composition is very nice, the head is a little bit dark, thats easy to repair with a photoshop tool if you want. The composition and the point of view are good, well done.
gr. jaap

Hi Mike,
the backlight in the photo is really beautiful and the posture of the crane is well captured. The overall photo looks a bit soft. But it actually does fit the dreamy atmosphere created by the backlight.

Hello Mike,
beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Great composition and great details. Great colors. Well done and TFS!

There is nice backlighting here, Mike. They are magnificent birds. Personally I feel that even with the backlighting it is important that the eye be a little more visible. I tried it in pp and I think it helped give a little more punch to this image. I think the eyes are the most important feature to capture in most animal shots. In Japanese Sumi e animal painting they often start with the eye and build the animal around it.


Evelynn : )

Hi Mike,
Just time for a quick visit.
Nice capture. have a great weekend.

Hi Mike,

A nice image of the Grey Crowned Crane, the photo has a good compsoition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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