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Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS USM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-06 19:35
Viewed: 2676
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Why I am not a wildlife photographer!"

My husband waited over 3 hours for the crane to return to the nest to relieve its mate. He was all set with his really good lens, gimbal head and fancy tripod. He wanted to get the moment that the birds do their airborne dance of greeting. About 30 seconds after he gave up and disassembled the gear the crane returned. They performed beautifully and he missed it. I, having the most accessible camera got this shot of the two of them and the eggs moments later. I'm not sure I have the nerves for this life!!!!!!!! : P

Taken with window platform and beanbag. Cropped, resized and sharpened for upload to TN

gracious, manyee, earthtraveler, bobair, vanderschelden, uleko, haraprasan, NellyD, stevkds, jpinkham, CeltickRanger, jmirah, eqshannon, Jamesp, Silke, SunToucher has marked this note useful
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To medamana: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 09-10 18:29
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To SunToucher: YIPPEE!!!!!!Evelynn 1 09-10 10:52
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Hi Evelynn,
Fine image of these Cranes.
So cool you could get the eggs in the shot also.
Fine color, comp., POV and good detail for how distant.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-09-06 20:13]
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Oh my gosh!!!!
This is an incredible capture.
I am sooooo jealous.
I know I have been on this quest to shoot sandhill cranes, any sandhill cranes. I would have been happy to catch them standing, let alone dancing and greeting.
This is just wonderful, with the two in different stances, and the eggs in the nest, out on that pit of marshland.
Very sharp for such a distance, and great exposure.
Love the composition.
TFS. : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-06 20:38]

Hello Evelynn

It's still a great shot even though you missed the "high five" dance of hey you're finally home.I love the view of the eggs.The colours are rich and the foreground water has a quality ,colour and reflections that are really neat.The pose of the birds is very good.There is a lot to look at in the shot.And BTW you might not be a wildlife photographer by profession,you have shown us all recently by your wonderful postings you are a wildlife photographer .TFS


Hi Evelynn,
wildlife photo taking sure can be trying at times but when you get a beauty shot such as this one-well it is worth it.I missed out on the sandhills this year but I have seen them numerous times over the years and this shot is a good reminder of that.Nice detail pervades in this photo and the sight of these eggs is super.You have caught a very real scene well with little that needs improvement,except if you could of got closer that is but what can ya do.Thanks for putting up this photo. Bob

nice one, TFS Ori

Hello Evelynn,
I loved this shot in perfect exposure and focus, it had the perfect clarity to see the details on the cranes, eggs and the net! and also thier environment! worth for the wait but pity your husband missed it!
thanks for sharing

Hi Evelynn,
Beautiful compo.
Great content.
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-07 3:56]

Hello Evelynn,
Wonderful capture of this cranes in their nesting environment. It gives a very lovely and peaceful impression. Excellent focus on the two birds, both in a perfect pose by the nest. Fine colours too and a very beautiful composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Evelynn,

This is a very good capture of these Cranes. It's nice to see how they are protecting theire eggs like this.
Great capture with good colours, POV, composition and details.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

Hi Evelynn,

amazing shot. Great atmosphere. Nice capture with excellent sharpness and colours. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Evelynn, lovely couple, great composition with excellent sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Lovely critters they are. Nice crisp shot of them, too. I like it a lot. Not too much to add, xcept... my personal taste would be a horizontal crop w/o the grass on the top bg.

Excellent again, Everylnn. Great composition, great setting, really nice sharpness, and those two eggs are a special touch. Very good DOF, especially given your rather improvisational shooting conditions. Tastefull compatible frame and good positioning within it. Kudos! -- Jim

bonjour Evelynn

superbe photographie avec un titre approprié,
serais-ce des grues comme oiseau ?

j'aimes l'ambiance que dégage ta photo
et tu as bien fait de garder dans ton cadarge
le marécage de la partie du haut de l'image

c'est avec la photographie d'oiseaux
que j'ai appris à devenir patient



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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-07 23:19]

Hi Evelynn,
Beautiful capture of the sandhills. In a few months they will be here. Hundreds of them winter of the Island. Very well done.


Hi Evelynn,
A nice capture of these cranes in their nest along with eggs. Very nice details with excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Magnifique, au nid en train de protéger leurs oeufs, une merveille de la nature que tu nous présente avec grandeur.

My goodness...you certainly had the depth of field correct on this one...when proper Englishmen say "spot on", it does not always fit, but this one truly does.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-09 2:34]

Hi Evelyn

Greetings from Singapore!

I do not have the patience of you or your husband! This a great shot - especially with the eggs. Good detail/sharpness throughout.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-09 5:33]

Brilliant timing, but yes, I agree -- I would not have the patience to sit for three hours like that!
FAbulous colours and details

Hi Evelynn,
But do realize that waiting for a best light can sometimes takes hours if not days as well.
A pity that you both missed the airborne dance greeting. Although you did manage to get a wonderful and touchy moment as well. I like that one of the parents in watching the area while the other seems to care for the nest. Great colors and clarity and the details on the cranes are superb. No need to change a thing to the photo.

Hi Evelynn

I can manage an hour waiting for the right shot but after that I give up. 3hrs is really pushing it. Did you wait that long or just happen to be there when he decided to call it a day?

Great shot and some wonderful details with great exposure.


Beautiful moment. You must have great skill to take this w/o a tripod.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-11 5:16]

Hello Evelynn, wow that's a great shot ! Great moment, sharp picture, well composed and of course the eggs ! :-) Thanks !


Hi Evelynn,
Very well captured natural picture. Good composition and sharp details.
I understand that these cranes are known to make pair for life.
Thanks a lot for sharing this picture of a beautiful loving pair.
- Nirmal

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