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Here Is The News - My 100th Post

Here Is The News - My 100th Post
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-12
Categories: Birds, Bushveld
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Digital ISO 100, UV 86mm Kenko
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park - 2006
Theme(s): Geese from around the world., Birds of South Africa 1, Birds / Aves, Wildlife of Africa, Birds of Africa, 100 points or more (Chapter 3), A study in Ornithology (birds) 1, Milestones, Dedications at Trek Nature, 90-99 Puntos (chapter 1), Kruger National Park 1, My Dedications ;o) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-04 17:55
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 114
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Egyptian goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca

This is not just any Egyptian goose from the Kruger Park. It had the right pose and the pleasurable task to announce that I have finally reached my 100th posting. It was captured at the Jones Dam (see notes below for more information on the dam).

I dedicate this posting to all the wonderful people on TrekNature. A global family with such remarkable, interesting, and diverse members whom I learned to love dearly and whom I truly admire. You are such an incredible bunch of people and I just want to thank everyone for the great support, the often undeserved praise, and the fantastic advice you gave me during this past 13 months.

I should have done this posting about 2 weeks ago, but I wanted it to coincide with our wedding anniversary. Today it is 26 years since we (Anna and I) said, "I do" and by now we have shared and consumed a sack of salt between the two of us, but we still celebrate our love and devotion each and every day. My biggest gift I ever received in life.

Last year this time, Anna spoiled me with a surprise (all expenses paid) weekend at the Mkuze Nature Reserve. All I had to do was to drive the car, there & back (and of course I had to shoot the photos). At that stage I told her that I could easily get accustomed to this kind of surprise and that she has set a standard which she will have to maintain in years to come. Well, to my great surprise it worked.

This year she went even further and surprised me with an astonishing whole week (again all expenses paid) to the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands. We will enjoy our first 2 days in Durban, where I obviously would once again visit the fabulous aquarium at the uShaka Marine World (so be prepared for some more fishy postings), and then we will turn inland to journey some of the roads less travelled. We will visit the lovely Midmar Nature Reserve and numerous other smaller reserves while circling our way through the midlands. Hopefully I will have the ideal opportunity to shoot some mountain scenery and landscape photos which might enthuse some of you guys. One other sure stop is the "Butterflies for Africa" centre in Pietermaritzburg.

Am I excited? You bet I am...

Something about the bird
The Egyptian goose have featured many times on TN and in the process have been well described, so I will only give a brief depiction of this lovely bird.

This large, brown bird has a dark brown mask around the eye, and a brown patch on the breast that is distinctive in flight. Compared with South African shelduck it has a longer neck and legs, and a thin, dark line running though the white forewing is visible in flight.

Almost any freshwater habitat, but frequently feeds in fields.

Very common resident.

Male hisses, female utters a grunting honk; both give rapidly repeated honks at take-off.

Source: "Sasol Guide to Birds of Southern Africa" by Ian Sinclair & Phil Hockey, Struik publishers.

Something about the Jones Dam
- Location: situated to the west of the S36 road, ±2km's from the turn-off on the main H1-2 tar road, halfway between Skukuza camp and Tshokwane picnic site.
- Vegetation: west to south-west of the dam is Thornveld while north and east of the dam is Mixed Bushwillow Woodland.
- Mean annual rainfall: may vary between 400-600mm.
- Soil class: west of the dam is smectitic clay while north and east of the dam is mostly sandy or loam.
- Geology: granite, gneiss, migmatite, amphibolite, schist.
- Elevation: ±260m above sea level. Source.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

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  • pauljk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 64 N: 65] (226)
  • [2007-04-04 18:31]
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Hi Loot,
Congrats on your 100th post...major milestone. You have a very solid portfolio and you can see how you have progressed as an image maker in your time here. I remember critiquing one of your first psts...an elephant I think it was. Every since then I have enjoyed your images and energetic critiques. Love the image, great light and perfect timing. Very proud pose form this bird.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-04 19:13]

Hi Loot, a truly wonderful shot of this Egyptian Goose. A great moment to capture! Excellent sharpness, colour and light. Fab POV. He is happy for you.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-04 19:14]
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Hi Loot,

Congratulations with your 100th posting as well with your 26th wedding anniversy,hope you will have an enjoyable week to the midlands and maybe share some shots in the future,It's always a pleasure to read your stories and comments,hope many will follow,this is a special upload for this occasion and looks like he is in standby mode to start an applause,well captured with good sharpness and colors,well done and TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-04 22:07]
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Hello Loot

Congratulations! This goose looks so proud to announce this achievement.Excellent focus and DOF.The details are sharp with super details in the plumage.The backround water is beautiful and the colour saturation is vibrant.TFS


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-04-04 23:12]

Congrats Loot,cool POV,Excellent DOF!!TFS!!

hi loot,

congratulations on you 100th post,looks like the goose is very proud to be a part of your 100th post & so are we of having you here at TN , thanks a lot for the nice dedication for TN members,

this is a very suitable image to be your 100th post, nice point of view, well composed shot, well saturated colour tones, lovely dof, nice blurry bg,
perfect timing to capture this wonderful pose,

looking forward to another 100 shots from you, thanks a lot & best wishes,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-05 0:24]
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Hi Loot and a monumental congratulation!

Firstly, congratulations on your anniversary! More than a quarter of a century together and you are still together and you still speak of her as if you've just fallen in love with her...that's indeed amazing!
Secoondly, for such a marvelous number of posts here on TN!
You really did a lot of amazing things during these first 100 posts and you managed to create a lot of new friends. I am sure that all that will only grow from now on :)

You were right to chose this picture for such and occasion. It really sais loud and clear what i came here to say ;)
Splendid pose, charming colors and a hell of a composition!

BRAVO, my friend and To many more!

great capture, TFS Ori

Hi my friend Loot ,
this is another shot.
excellent composed and interesting mood.
amazing colours.
well done and thanks for sharing

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-05 1:51]
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Hello Loot,
Congratulations on your 100th post, and on your anniversary.
As you said, it is a double celebration. : )
And what a magnificent portfolio of your first 100 contributions to this site.
Your talents, expertise in all things photographic and biological, your dedication, your kindness and humour, make you a most outstanding member of this wonderful community. TN would not be the same without you. : )
This Egyptian goose sure is proud to proclaim the news, What did you do to him to make him say, "Shoot me!" Hehe...
Amazing sharpness of details, perfect light and exposure... and a most spectacular pose...
Thank you for being you. ; )

Hi loot,

A good capture with great details , Congrats... on your 100th positing,The sharpness and POV is amazing. He did really show to you for ur 100th posting i feel..



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  • betsie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 180 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-05 2:50]
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More Loot
Baie geluk met die huweliksherdenking!! Julle is nou stadig besig om ons in te haal.
Hoop jy geniet die week in Midlands - die landskap is daar so mooi dat mens heeltemal vergeet van jou "elke dag" bestaan.
Jy het hierdie gans presies afgeneem sodat mens elke detail en kleur in hom kan sien - Die agtergrond kleure komplimenteer dit perfek -dis fantasties! Jy maak dit werklik moeilik om te besluit watter een van die fotos die mooiste is. Ek sien baie uit om te sien watse landskap fotos jy mee gaan uitkom.

Hi Loot,
Congratulations on this major milestone! If he was a rooster, I would say he was crowing about your 100th post. He certanly seems to be showing off here. Excellent exposure has the colors and detail looking great. Sounds like you got a really great gift with that trip.
I'll have to revisit for the well deserved :)
Take care my friend,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-05 6:27]
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Oh Loot - you look gorgeous!! And your knee looks like it is all healed too - but it's still a bit red I think. But the bullet in your chest worries me a bit...

It's an excellent self-portrait, BRAVO!

PS. And congrats on your 100th! And what a lovely holiday you're going to have...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-05 7:02]
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Hi Loot.
What a great and symbolic shot your have selected as a jubilee 100th post. Your participation in TN life it is difficult to overestimate. You have joined TN community You have joined as a mature master. Every your shot is wonderful. Your notes and comments are simply great. My heart wishes.

By the way, pose of this goose and its look suit for this description perfectly : ))).
Great picture, amazing impressive low POV, outstanding sharpness and details of the hero and terrific in its beautifulness BG. Lighting and composition are the best. My congratulations åù you and your remarkable wife.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-05 7:20]
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Hello Loot,
This bird seems proud of your 100th great post !
The "+++" : composition, subject, pose, POV, sharpness, DOF, colors, exposure, instructive note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-05 7:51]
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Hello Loot,
Congratulations for your 100th post, I don't know if we have to imagine you in the same pose as the Egyptian goose. The thought might be quite funny! Well composed picture with a beautiful background.I enjoyed to read the note. You have a marvellous wife.
Best regards

A rather hilarious looking bird/duck in a very interesting pose. It seems to be celebrating your 100th post with you by flapping its wings.
An awesome post for 100. Thanks for being an inspiration to many on TN. And can't wait for more of yours to come.

Dear Loot

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!
This is once again an outstanding posting. This Egyptian goose surely has the right pose to do this very important announcement. I can compare this majestic bird with you and can see in my minds eye, the pride you emanate, as you want to give the message. "Look at me, I have made it. Nothing is going to stop me now!"

Just look at how the chest are pushed being forward. The head backwards, the legs straight. Everything just right. All that this bird needs is a bowtie, and a cigar.
Applause! Applause!

By the way, I just want to tell you that it is your fault that I do not have any fingernails left. I saw what you wrote to Manyee about cursing you, and you could not be more right. (However I did not curse you, but wondered if you got any nightmares, because I was thinking of you so often, and wondering, maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day, but nothing.)

Anyway the wait was worth it. The stamp of approval will be applied more than once to this photo. Every single photo in your portfolio deserves a star. But I am afraid my stars are going to run out soon, and then I do not know what I am going to do.

I want to end off by saying (before I take all the space again, and the other people??????? ha-ha-ha you know what……….)

You and Shorty must have a wonderful time, next week. I am sure we can expect a range of superb photos from your trip, and I’ll wait in great expectation. (I do not know if my nails will be able to grow back to normal again.)

Tell her I say, she is a star, for arranging all these surprises for you. Your must haven eaten more than one bag of salt together to reach, this milestone of 26 years of marriage.

Ok this time I’ll really say goodbye.

It’s going to be a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng wait. But I’ll wait.

Warmest regards.

Hi my friend Lott
Félicitation pour ta 100iême photo J'ai hate de voir tes 100 prochaines
Félicitation a toi et a Anna por vos 26 ans de mariage c'est rare de nos jours!
Félicitation pour cette prise de vue de
cette belle oie égyptienne qui est de toute beauté.Les détails et la composition sont très réussis.Mais l'on croirait voir un trou de bal dans son poitrail
Merci et au revoir....JP
Les sourires demain

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-05 8:55]
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Hi Loot,
hey this is quite something to be proud off, and I see you are. What a pose you captured here, excellent timing.
Congrats on your 100th shot, and a big thank you for all the support and constructive critic you giving us here.

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2007-04-05 11:13]
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Hi Loot,
Congrats on your 100th post and your 26th wedding anniversary.
It was a happy day for TN when you became a member here, always written good and decent comments with a big portion of humors that’s enjoyable to read. And your pictures are almost great and show us your part of the world. We have never met buy I’m proud to call you my friend.

The picture is a beautiful with lovely colours with good sharpness and fine details. Well composed and good POV.
And really like the pose.
Well done, my friend.

Send my greetings to your wife.
Have a great and safe trip.

Goose flasher Loot. Congratulate. Interesting snapshot. Well done. Tfs. Stev

Hello Loot,

First of all I would like to congratulate you and your wife for the wonderful anniversary of 26 years of marriage! I'm looking forward to seeing your post of your 50 years of marriage anniversary! Also congratulations for your 100th post on Trek Nature! This goose really has a posture that says "look how proud I am for what I have achieved so far"! It shows really well what you must be feeling like!


There's nothing I could improve here! You followed the rule of thirds by having the upper and lower thirds of the picture brown and the middle third blue. The goose was also placed into a powerful point of the picture facing towards the empty area in front of it! The well controlled DOF assured a gradual increasing of the blurriness in the background and together with the lack of distracting objects isolates the subject very well! The pose of the goose is well readable against the background which also is a positive thing!


The colors are well saturated and natural. Your picture looks more harmonious due to the brown hues present in both foreground and background! The red color in the legs add a touch of chromatic diversity!


Excellent overall contrast! Also the contrast between the white and black feathers is very good and helps isolating the bird even better.


In spite of the great differences in luminosity (between black and white) you exposed the scene very well! You captured great details in the plumage without overexposing the highlights or underexposing the shadows! Even the area under the left wing which is in shade preserved great details!


Focus was achieved on the subject and the relatively large aperture created a great DOF. This resulted in a wonderful contrast between the sharp details in the foreground and the blurriness in the background.

You did an excellent job here and provided very good notes! You definitely deserve the one week vacation in Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands! Enjoy it and come back with great photos! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Hi Loot,
Congrats on your 100th post and thanks for all the good critiques and comment you have done...;o) very nice shot of this goose with great details. Excellent composition, POV and DOF. TFS ;o)

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2007-04-06 16:25]
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Hello Loot

Looks like this guy's heart is bleeding for you.

I sincerely congratulate you on both counts as follows:-
Firstly, on a smashing 26 years of marital bliss and still going strong. It really seems like a praiseworthy achievement in today's society. You and Anna are truly blessed and although she might be the "biggest gift you ever received in life" (as you said), but perhaps too you are the "biggest gift she ever received in life".
Secondly, on your 100th posting to celebrate a great innings at TN to date. You have build up a fabulous portfolio that includes amazing material while it also reveals your growth over the last 14 months. It contains incredible stories contained within the notes of each posting, and your further activities through critiques and forum contributions are nothing short of incredible. As other members also commented, you are an outstanding and valuable asset to this site. Thank you.
As far as the photo goes, it is a magnificent shot of this goose stretching out and prancing for you. Great timing and excellent point of view. The colours are rich, the details are sharp, and the light was just great. Well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-07 6:07]
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Hi Loot,
Congratulation on your 26th wedding anniversary and on your 100th photo.
I can't say anything about your marriage, but surely I can appreciate the high quality of every post, your insuperable notes and critiques and your great sense of humor. Usefulness ratios of 1.5/3.2/19.9! in Critiques/Workshops/Notes tell by themselves about how TN community see your work here.
I still remember your Christmas greeting for an irascible world and your touching, inteligent congratulation to my 100th post as best celebrated events.
This is an absolutely appropriate photo for the event. Great pose, beautiful colours, master composition and -of course- a great portrait of satisfation. And we all know how easy is take a photograph of something and how hard to capture a feeling.
We all had enjoyed your work and we'll look forward to seeing/reading next 100 posts!
Best regards mf,
José Miguel
PS. My 27th wedding anniversary will be next week.:-)

100th Post...B R A V O !
Hello Loot
I love your contributions to TN Loot. It's nice to see species from the other side of the planet. I've also enjoyed your enlightening notes and wit. Thanks!

I like the way the Egyptian Goose is going about his daily business, showing off his large chest and stretching out his wings. Colours and lighting are great. Nice and sharp. Excellent notes, especially about their calls...to funny.
TFS Janice

Hi Loot, congrats on your 100th capture. This goose seems to be celebrating it with you :-). Hope to see a lot of good pics from you in the future too.

Warm regards, Kiran.

Looks like this goose has "keukenstroop" on its snaz,
and rubbed some on its chest! What a pose!!! ;)

Congrats on your centurion status! Looking forward to the next 100! Tfs, Jay


My very dear friend Loot,
The "goose" says it all.
Notes ...... the best of the best.!!!
Forget about the 100th. posting; may you live till 100 or more posting all your GRAND work for humanity to enjoy.
Warm greetings from Mario.

A sincere congratulations on your wonderful 100th post Loot. He is tall and proud. You are a lucky person to be going on your Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands excursion, which I'm sure you'll bring back some pretty cool stuff for a TN's to view. You yourself have contributed excellent postings of interesting subjects as well and I am always looking forward to see what you'll post next. Through your stay here at TN you have been most generous with your kinds words, and I myself have always found them to be a great sense of encouragement and a motivational push to go out and get more.

Take Care,
Paul :)

Hi Loot,
Congratulation for your 100th post! I enjoy all of your pictures. This one is very appropriate for this special occassion: very proud goose!


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-04-10 5:47]
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hi loot, finally - the moment we have all been waiting for,
and now it´s even a BIG DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS!! :-)
- the 100th posting & your 26 years of marriage -.
looking forward to the next 100 & more (photos) and all the best for the next 26 (years)!
have a great trip & best wishes, thorsten.

ps: almost forgot the photo, ok, it´s great as always,
i really like the pose, looks like she´s celebrating with you
(and us).

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-04-10 7:11]

Hello Loot,
Sorry for the late critique.I'm very busy and not active on TN nowadays.Congratulations on 100th post and hope to see also your 1000th post here.Thank you for all 100 high quality posts and your perfect,valuable critiques.This is a magnificent capture again.Timing,details,colors,simple BG,framing and composition are excellent.
PS:I hope you'll celebrate 50.anniversary as TN member with your wife!


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-04-12 15:07]
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Gracias por tu cordial y amigable mensaje en tu último comentario estimado amigo... aquí vuelvo para disfrutar de imágenes como esta tan imponente por la composición y el punto de vista captado, con buen enfoque y el oportuno disparo para captar tan insólita postura.
Me gusta el encuadre elegido donde el trasfondo no interfiere con la visión del protagonista, con buen uso de la luz y correcto DOF.
Existe una muy ligera y puntual pérdida de agudeza sobre algunas áreas del ave, aunque por los valores utilizados, desconozco el origen.
Y gracias por tus 100 presentaciones, por tu contribución con TN y por tu afable forma de criticar.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Thank you for your cordial and amicable message in your last comment dear friend... here I return to enjoy images like this so imposing for the composition and the captured point of view, with good focusing and the opportune shot to capture so unusual posture.
I like the elected framing where the background doesn't interfere with the protoginst´s vision, with good use of the light and correct DOF.
A very slight and punctual loss of sharpness exists on some areas of the bird, although for the used values, I ignore the origin.
And thank you for your 100 presentations, for your contribution with TN and for your affable way of criticizing.
My best regards... Ricardo

Hola Loot,
Te felicito por tus primeras 100 bonitas fotos en TN y por tu compañia a lo largo de este tiempo, con yus excelentes comentarios, reflexiones, consejos , ayudas y principalmente por tus amables palabras. Tarde en el saludo, pero seguro.
Me gusta este pato, como lo has retratado, parece estar saludandote con sus alas abiertas. Por supuesto con la misma buena calidad con la que nos tienes acostumbrados
Mis felicitaciones.
Un abrazo sincero

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-04-13 16:19]

Congrats Loot on the 100th. A good one too, very sharp, very good attitude of the goose and a superb background, well done and thanks.


Hahaha, Loot,
I nearly missed this shot - it's soooo lovely!
What a moment, what a pose, I love it, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-04-18 23:34]

Hello Loot!
What a nice pose to celebrate your 100th post!
Very nice shot! Interesting that this guy has a target in the center of his chest! It seems that he is saying: "Shoot here, Loot!" ;-D
Very nice!
(If you have a chance, please give me the honor of your visit to help me to classify my last butterfly with transparent wings. Tks!)

Hi Loot

Congratulations on your 100th post and your 26th Wedding anniversary. What a grand fellow we have here to celebrate both these impressive milestones. I can see that he is all in a flap about it. A stunning shot with the timing spot on and the details clear and very sharp. Very nice work my friend!

Hi Loot,
A little late, but congratulations on your 100th post and congratulations on your 26th wedding anniversary.
It looks like the goose is about to announce your two anniversaries to the world. Taking a deep breath of air to shout it out. A wonderful powerful pose, where you kept great control over the exposure. The composition where the goose is positioned on the 1/3 line is perfect and gives the photo the right dynamic touch. Colors and DOF are great and the low POV is to me awesome.

P.S. up to the next big milestone!

Hi Loot,

The mighty 100, done in such style and individuality, you really are a pillar of this community having thrown yourself into it whole-heartedly and always giving excellent critiques, advice and knowledge of the natural world. You also have the personal touch - always making the point to make connections with people through your photographs, notes and feedback.

A massive congratulations as well for your anniversary, pretty special and extremely noteworthy. Those trips away sound amazing!

To the photo then. I found it difficult enough to find something suitable for my 50th but 100 must be even harder! You've picked a great one here, it almost looks it imitating a cormorant in that pose. The light is superb and has brought all the colour out across the body. Your low point of view was the right one getting us eye level. It must be the shallow depth of field that has caused the water in the background to take on that fantastic effect - it appears though it has been given a separate long exposure! Focus is spot on giving fine details on the bird. Composition excellent, the space on the left is a logical step.

The Egyptian Goose is a funny bird and I've seen it do some strange things in the park near me...even flying up into a tree to sit with all the songbirds, very odd sight indeed!

I raise my glass to you Loot, congrats.


Hi Loot,
I am impressed with this action image. You did well with your 100th posting. The quality of the image is superb. The Goose stands out well against the nice background and the water appears like silk. Very nice indeed.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-05-01 12:16]

Hello Loot,

Congratulations for your 100th post on TN and congratulations (maybe a little late) for your wedding anniversary! Thank you also for the tribute you did for each of us! It is really appreciated! TN is a great place where love of nature is share amongst so many people... Sites like TN give me hope in humankind...

Returning to the picture: What an impressing pose from the bird! Details, exposition, the composition, the natural colors make that picture a great one!!! I like also the nice blue coming from the water enhancing the bird!

Great shot and TFS!!!


Dear Loot,
my heart felt congratulations to your posting #100!
Sorry for the delay in writing to you. Have missed quite a lot in the last few weeks, hope to be back to TN on a more frequent base soon again. Looking into your rich, very lively, wise and good humoured portfolio, you have every good reason to be as proud as this charming Egyptian goose, and we have every good reason for celebrating you as an outstanding member and our very positive inspirator.
All the best to you, my dear friend.
Thank you! With cordial greetings,

bonjour Loot

félicitations pour ton 100e post

belle capture de cette oie avec sa pause majestueuse,
j'aimes bien ces couleurs et sa netteté


Hi Loot,
lets make this good and 100th picture of yours 100 points! I add my share.
My best regards,

Veri nice shot.
Fantastica nitidez.Parabens.

Hello Loot.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Loot,
Great comemoration for your 100th post.
Greetings, great shot

Hi Loot,
Congrats on your 100th post.
Love the image, great light and perfect timing. Very proud pose form this bird.

Great shot! The way it protrudes its chest proudly and opens its wings really seems to tell 'look, I have made it' . Excellent work to get a pose like this. Thanks for sharing, and a very beautiful note.

Congratulation for the 100th post.
Nice POV and action express, such an wonderful goose.
TFS the shooting info as well.

Hallo Loot
Thanks for sharing this beautiful Egyptian goose as part as your 100th posting with us. This photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features, and to describe a bird and pose as beautiful as this is actually time wasting, as only word is needed Gorgeous. The arrangement of soft but warm colours, as well as some prominent features is ever so striking. A good close-up with clear details. I enjoyed the sight. The red legs that looks like they just have been painted is just to die for and really add some extra oomph to this super image. Thanks for sharing. Love.Anna

Hello Loot,
A truly special image and congratulations on your milestone. This one jumped out at me and I enjoy looking at it. Well done. I really cannot make any suggestions for improvement.

Hallo Loot,
This is truly a beautiful photo!
It is a pleasure looking at him.
(( Tong in die kies - ek wonder hoe lekker die ou sal smaak?!))
Kind regards

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