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Mirror, Mirror, of the Lake . . .

Mirror, Mirror, of the Lake . . .
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas, Birds of Southern Africa, Herons, & Egrests, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, eliz's Favorites II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-05 7:14
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Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
whose neck almost doubles as - a snake!? The species in this family range from the tiny Dwarf Bittern - 25-30 cm to the humongous Goliath Heron (GH), at 152 cm the largest heron in the world. The GH looks a lot like the Purple Heron (PH), but has black legs where the PH has yellow legs, unfortunately below water in this picture. The rufous head and neck and dark grey wings are distinctive of the PH. We call them Rooi Reiers, Red herons, which is a far better name, because there sure ain’t no purple on this heron! It has a black crown & black stripes down the neck. And Bente, you are right, they look like a younger & more flamboyant brother of the grey Heron, who is only slightly bigger. PH does not like to feed in the open & favours sedges & reeds in freshwater bodies. It is a common resident, but its cryptic colour makes for difficult spotting, if you do not know it. ISO 200 @ -0,3 EV; Nikon D70; Sigma 120-300 F2.8 @ Focal length 480 mm; 1/500 @ F8; Aperture Priority Mode; no flash, Pattern Metering Mode; beanbags on car window; cropping all round; little USM & some Hue & saturation brightness; reduced to Site size.

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I saw your this bird a few minutes ago, and now his "beak" is much bigger, if I use my imagination ! Great shot again, Callie !

Beautiful one, Callie, the very clear reflection (in which even the eye looks equally alert) really makes it look like he is standing on a mirror. Very good definition in the plumage, and I also like the colorful striped pattern on the neck. The workshop photo is great, too.

Great shot again Callie.
Very goos colours and god sharpness with good details,
and a nice combo.
Good note as usual.
Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-05 8:44]

Ahora sí... tenía ganas de ver completa a esta ave.
Impresionante la reflexion capturada Callie.
El colorido del ave se ve excelentemente reflejado junto con parte de su entorno.

Now yes... I had desire to see complete this bird.
Impressive the captured reflection Callie.
The colorful one of the bird is seen excellently reflected part of its surroundings along with.

Nice picture. The colors are great and I love the reflection of the heron on the water. Good shot!

Another nice shot Callie. Of course what really works here is the reflection and some very nice colors too. I am not sure, but this looks a little softer than some of your other shots, maybe motion blur from the bird? Overall another really nice avian shot.

WOW! He is lovely. Great composition with the ultra sharp reflection. Detailed note and that anticipation before the strike can be seen clearly. Great work Callie. Once again...

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-05 12:26]

Vogens mij dezelfde kop als gisteren, maar nu in vol ornaat,
Prachtige reflectie photo Callie, met schitterende kleuren en een goede note, erg goed werk.

Are you sure you're not using a mirror effect in a software program!;-) Callie, this reflection just looks to good to be true!! Perfect angle-perfect shot! Very nice!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-05 13:41]

Wow! It was worth the wait. Brilliant. The whole thing is excellent and I love the reflection and colours. Great note as usual.

Ouch... brilliant shot....beautiful colour and reflection.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-05 14:27]

A fantastic capture.
Lovely colours and detail,the reflection is perfect.
A great shot,very well done indeed.

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  • Jeppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 33] (193)
  • [2004-09-05 15:39]

Wow - what a shot - Perfect - I guess all been said - Congratulation Callie.

Callie, Beautiful symmetry on this even more beautiful bird.
Greetings, Jan

Beautiful, two for the price of one, just crop the photo in the middle ;-)). Great colours, your herons are ever so much more colourful than ours..

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-06 4:04]

Very successful shot. reflection is great. Nice bird and good note.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-06 11:11]

How did I miss this one? This is stunning and everything that is excellent and is going to my favourites.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-09-06 13:10]

A wonderful composition.
Colours are superb, and the reflection...
Very very good work.

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  • jan100 (0)
  • [2004-09-06 14:03]

Wow fantastic Callie...had a great time at Kruger just too short. Enjoy your stay. I love the colours and reflection of the bird. Well done.

I cannot imagine how I missed this one Callie. This is an excellent mirror shot and the heron is beautiful - how about telling him about Denmark;-). Great timing, wonderful colours and a lot of details in his beautiful plumage. This is a real pleasure to look at.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-09-09 16:19]

wonderfull reflection Callie, real Beauty with good composition and fine colors .. Great job !!

Wonderful reflection shot! Very striking neck… Very well done!

Very beautiful and natural shot Callie. i love the reflection of the bird and the palette of colours in this picture.

great photography, it looks as the bird has a third eye on the shoulder (more clear on the reflection)! best regards

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  • Galax (92)
  • [2004-10-17 17:32]

oh yeah beautiful at all, no questions about it

wow !
cette photo est superbe en tous points !
vraiment du tres beau travail.

Fantastic Capture, Nice informative comment.
Thanks for sharing.

So Beautiful the reflection the composition the sharpness Great shot again.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-12 10:58]
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Artistic. Colours interesting. Which is the right way up?

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-20 22:21]

Great mirror image .I have seen these Heron we call Purple heron,they stand like statue pose for long time,i was watching for 30min same pose.

Amazing details,one of the best PIC I have seen.11/10.Thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Callie , il est splendie votre cliché quoique peut-être un peu " trop " retravaillé sans doute ...

Hey Callie,
Great picture with good POV and composition.

Great picture, colours and composition. It just leaves me wondering what the bird's legs look like?

Nice picture. The colors are great and I love the reflection of the heron on the water.

Great image.What is beautiful heron reflections in the water.As the colors are beautiful pictures.

Impressive the captured reflection, a wonderful composition.

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