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Will You be Mine?

Will You be Mine?
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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: 2008-05-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 2.xII extender, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-10 18:24
Viewed: 3815
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'll take a break from bear shots for a while even though I have quite a few more to share. It was a trip for spotting bear. Some trips you see nothing and others are magic.

We caught these two sandhill cranes in the midst of a mating ritual.
Part of the magic was being able to take shots like this against snow. Otherwise the cranes sort of blend into the surroundings.


• Sandhill cranes stand between three and four feet tall, weigh five to eight pounds, and have a wing span of six feet.
• Both sexes of adult cranes look alike. The reddish-brown color that some exhibit is the result of preening with beaks covered with iron-rich mud that stain their feathers.
• Cranes mate for life and often pair when they are three to six years old. Cranes do not compete for the same mate and sometimes have a lengthy courtship. Cranes eyes do not meet during courtship.
• A young sandhill crane is called a colt. It grows at a rate of approximately an inch a day, reaching full size in nine weeks. They are orange-brown in color for most of their first year, lack a red crown, and make a whistling call.
• Sandhill cranes can live to the age of 25 years in the wild and longer in captivity. One crane at the Washington Zoo lived to be 55 years old!
• Cranes utilize an elongated windpipe to produce "Crane Music." Their harmonious "bugling" and "trumpeting" sounds are actually distinctive calls to communicate with each other.
• Cranes have much better hearing and sight capabilities than humans.

• Cranes are the oldest living bird species and have the longest successful tenure on earth, about sixty million years. They are truly "emissaries from a distant age."
• Sandhill cranes probably get their name from the sandhills of Florida where they were first described by John James Audubon.
• Cranes are considered the most accomplished dancers in the animal kingdom


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To yquem46: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 01-04 07:35
To dB_grafix: Not a row...Evelynn 1 07-13 11:10
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hello Evelynn

superb shot of these sandhills with fine POV and DOF,
excellent timing too shoot the image in their mating ritual poses,
excellent sharpness and details of the plumage of both birds,



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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-10 22:08]

Hi Evelynn , what a nice photo , the details natural color , composition and field depth are all great, and caught at a good moment too , very interesting notes as well . thanks for sharing

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-07-10 22:42]
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beautiful moment and nice details for the bird.
but i think you can improve this picture by making background more saturated

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-10 22:44]

Hi Evelyn

Beautiful pose / action shot. Excellent detail throughout and great eye contact. Well seen and captured.


Hi Evelynn,

Wonderful shot of these two Sandhill Cranes, superb lighting on both, especially the one with open wings, stunning detail, a well timed shot, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Spettacolare momento di cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione con bellissimo BG, ottima nitidezza, molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hola Evelyn, excelente momento captado, comunicación entre aves, me gusta la composición, el color y muy buena la luz. Un saludo

Helmlo Evelynn,
Great photo captured at the right moment!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-11 8:09]

Hello Evelynn,
I love Cranes and this pair look gorgeous here! Very well-timed and they're both nicely in focus. I love the details of their plumage, the beautiful light and colours too. Excellent composition!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Great DOF, nicely captured, title fits the scene

Hi Evelynn,
A lovely capture of this beautiful crane couple. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello evelynn,
lovely capture with a lovely title, you have captured a fine moment here, liked the pov and the composition, you have handeled the difficult lighting well,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-11 12:47]

Hi Evelynn,
excellent action shot of these two Sandhill Cranes.
This is very sharp and extremely clear.
Very good composition.
Perfectly exposed.

Just stunning!

Very well done,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-11 15:17]

Hi Evelynn,
I like the moment you captured a lot. Details on the plumage, lighting and soft color tones look so nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-12 3:41]

Hello Evelynn,
Beautiful photo of this Sandhill Cranes. Great timing. Excellent sharpness and natural colours. Very good POV and composition.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-07-12 22:27]

Hi Evelynn!

I like this picture very much, it's so natural. The atmosphere, the lvery delicate ighting and the behaviour of the cranes show us a very natural scenery. This changes from we often see on TN where people manipulate their pictures too much by blurring artificially backgrounds. You show us how it is in a very beautiful manner.

Kind regards


They are such nice birds with their red head and they are elegant as well. This is a good capture in action and interesting moment to witness! Thanks,

Will you be mine...or.....let's have a row...
This is great action photography. A nice point of view too.
Sandhill cranes are fun to take photos of.
have a nice week ahead.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-14 9:52]

Hello Evelynn! You've done an amazing job on the exposure here, the pose, composition and sharpness are second to none, a beauty, thanks!


Hi Evelynn,

I really like this shot: nice composition catching the pair in their mating dance, I love it!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-07-16 21:39]

I cannot believe this picture! It is so fantastic!
I am soooo jealous!
Do you know how many years I have gone to the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi, where I have seen cranes in the thousands, but not once, have I been able to take a decent shot????
This is just beautiful... a wonderful moment captured with great clarity, and like you said, against a very cooperative background.
I KNOW about their blending against the soil. : (
TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-17 0:25]

Hi again

Wonderful shot of these cranes, too!
I particularly like the terrific courtship pose in which you’ve captured them - great timing!
Also, the DOF here is spot-on and i really like seeing the exact place on the vegetation in the FG where the focus area begins...i've always liked that :)
The rather bright BG is also lovely here and it makes the subjects stand out very nicely.
So, all-in-all, it's another great work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Evelynn
Great wild life observation. Fantastic moment and also great technically. Perfect sharpness, great composition Nothing to critique

I'm sorry I could not come back earlier, my friend Evelynn!This is a superb shot, and how apt a title!
I love the frame you've chosen, too.I feel it's the frame that bring out the image even better!
Very well done,my friend!

Hello Evelynn,
There's a big drawing in our kitchen with birds. Especially their habitat is a bit the artist's interpretation.
My sister's kid asked me last week what kind of birds are these. Until now, I thought they were also a bit the artist's freedom. Until now, 'cause now I know these are Sandhill cranes.
Very good photo and content; I do like their interaction.
And as always your colors.
Well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-20 19:09]

Hello Evelynn

A lovely capture of this ritual display.
The composition is very good.
Excellent sharpness and detail.
The colours are natural.


parfact wings light naturl seen beautiful.

Hello Evelynn. Excellent framing of this act of proposal. :-) I like the sharpness of these birds and well exposed detail of the plumage. Well controlled depth and expert framing of the subjects. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-02 1:03]

Hello Evelynn,
The thumbnail of this one caught my eye in your gallery with its fine composition, pose of the two Sandhill Cranes and the wonderful lighting. I can almost hear them calling!
TFS this beauty,

Ciao Evelynn,
great pose for these cranes. Very good POV and BG.

fantastcly sharp capture, TFS Ori

Hi Evelynn
Me again
Looks like May is an exceptional period for Yellowstone/grand Teton!
The snow is still there, the park is again opened, probably roads also are driveable, bears get out with their cubs hungry after such a long sleep, nature is renewing .... can it be made in a small RV like a camper ?

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