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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 5:05
Viewed: 4291
Points: 56
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Hi all
another picture in the series of Griffon Vultures (for details on the species please see my 100th post)
This picture was taken out of the car using a beanbag. There were about 20 Griffon Vultures on one sheep and it was very difficult to get good pictures of such a mass heavily fighting and jumping around. After about half an hour most Vultures left the place and only 4 stayed for another 10 minutes. Now it was much easier to look for a good compo.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-11 5:08]

Hi Tom
Very nice composition .Excelelnt POV.Very sharp image whit excellent details.I like that catch light in the eye of the subject on the right.
TFS Michel

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-11 5:12]

Hi Tom,
another excellent shot of these Griffon Vultures. Superb details and exposure, your waiting for a a decent composition has really paid off here, well done.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-11 5:13]

Hey Tom.
What an awesome shot of these haggling vultures.
+++ Amazing image quality: Veeeery sharp and detailed, perfectly blurred BG with not one speck of noise. The lighting is quite grey which works perfectly for an evil atmosphere which these birds often bring across.
Great low-down POV works very well and a decent composition. Very well taken.
--- Nothing what-so-ever :D
Well done,

Good shot Tom

Great composition and good sharpness.


Hi Tom
Great shot specially the angle.
Excellent detail,sharpness and background
suits the scene tfs jon

Another stunning job on your end! Perfect for clarity, colors and detail! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

Bonjour Tom,
Très belle prise avec beaucoup de détails dans le plumage et une bonne composition, très réussi

hehe, business lunch of the vulture society! :-)
another terrific capture, perfectly composed with superb details.
wonderful job & best wishes, thor.

hi tom,

beautiful image.very beautiful composition.great sharpness and nice eye contacts.

Interesting shot, Tom!

A great photo. Even with the lens they must have let you get quite close. The POV makes the photo.

Whatta capture, Tom! Great timing! Lovely exposure w/ great details and depth.
Freddie :)

***** POV
***** Focus
***** Exposure
***** Composition
***** Impact
***** note

Hello Tom,

A great opportunity that resulted in an even greater image! A real wildlife picture! It seems the wait was worth it as you were able to create this beautiful composition. The colors look natural and the contrast is very good. I think it was kind of cloudy as the shadows are soft and don't hide any details. Very good exposure! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-11 11:55]

Hello Tom,
Another fantastic photo of this Vultures. Perfect POV and excellent details. Very beautiful colours and composition.

Hi Tom,
exellent capture. It is one of the best of vulture shots, I have seen up to now. Wonderful composition and action. Great details and sharpness. Bg and colors superb. good notes also.
PS: I will be in Spain (Malaga at least) in 27 Oct-4 Nov. Maybe I can see some vulture there
best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-11 13:48]

Hello Tom,
This is a top notch image, showing razor focus and great composition. This is what nature photography is about.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-11 14:10]

beautifully natural colors and great sharpness
fantastic shot!
regards, Dejan

Hi Tom,
It is an excellent composition to get four of them feeding on the sheep. Well frozen action with sharp detail as they feed here. Nice soft light and good colors in the plumage. Well done!

Hola Tom, una excelente toma por el buen formato y enfoque. La tonalidad de colores del conjunto es muy bonita. Sensaci´´on de movimiento en las aves.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-11 20:19]

Hello Tom

Just marking the post for now


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-10-11 22:28]

Tom, this is neat, sharp, beautiful and impressive.

An excellent capture with perfect exposure, sharpness and pov.

What a moment, what an image. Congratulations.

hello tom,
nice capture, liked the pov and the composition, the three of them are busy having the party,
tfs & regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-12 10:10]

Another great moment Tom, it's sharp and well exposed. Focus is great with a superb background. It's amazing to see that the colors of the birds matches perfectly the colors of their environment. Well done !


Hi Tom,
They seem to have a good time. A real fine shot, great sharpness and exposure!

Regards, Peter

Hi Tom!
This is very unique photo, especially if we note that it was taken in Europe not in Africa! Vultures are rather rare bird species and not easy to observe on our continent. And here we can see a few individuals of this great species, and moreover in very special moment.
I like the composition (really African character!), great DOF and details. I believe that it was a pleasure to observe such situation in the wild, but even watching the picture is a fantastic experience :)
TFS and my best regards,

Hi Tom,
This is a great photo depicting survival for these vultures. Photo has sharp focus, excellent comp and exposure, nice BG bokeh and good natural colors. BTW, how far away were you from the action, and did you use a T-con? TFS

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-10-17 4:25]

What a composition. TFS Tom

Hola Tom. I've never seen these on my visits to Spain. Now I know where to look. This is an excellent capture. Educational but also well composed.

Tom , very beautiful photo , congrat . TFS .

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