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Flamingo Heart *For Loot and Anna

Flamingo Heart *For Loot and Anna
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-400, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2, Dedications at Trek Nature part Four, Dedications I have received [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-12 5:37
Viewed: 5336
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is for Loot and Anna Eksteen :-)

I took this at Whipsnade Zoo yesterday. It's the only zoo near me that I haven't been to in the past 4 years so I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I think these two were either fighting or courting.

I hope you like it!

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I'll bet a zillion Loot and Anna will absolutely love this one Joey. Fine job...Tell me...were they drawn to the Tshirt:-) I say that with a smile of course. Twas not a trekking shirt. And how convenient was it they posed thusly...a wonderful time to click. You are wise beyond your years!

Hi Joe,
very beautiful shot with great colors :)
Composition with the "heart" and the blurred green/pink background is very good.
Sharpness is very good, too.
TFS Tatjana

Hello Joe,
A good timing gave this superb composition,
Good focus too
Well done

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-12 6:43]

Hi Joe,
Very nice scane and dedication.Timing,BG and visual impact are perfect.Well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Joe!
What a lovely (in both sensu lato and sensu stricte meaning ;>) composition! Beautiful colours, sharpness and POV.
All the best from Lodz,

Hallo Joey
Thank you ever so much for this dual dedication for Loot and myself. It was a great surprise and not expected at all. I really like this one. A lovely close-up with great details and sharpness. It is genuine beautiful birds. You have photographed the pair in a perfect and lovingly pose. The focus is excellent and you have captured it with great sharpness and beautiful light. All the details of the flamingo's feathers, its colour, and especially the eyes are great. Thanks for thinking of us and making us part of this handsome couple. It is much appreciated. Like all my dedications this one will go straight to my favourites. Not just because of the dedication but because of the excellent photography.
Warmest regards.

what a fitting dediaction, i am so impressed with this capture of yours dear joe, excellent pose clicked at the right moment, lovely focus,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-12 8:59]

Hi Joe . This is a very good shot of the Flamingo. Rich colours and fine detail . , Good timing with the pose. I am sure Loot and Anna will love this. Well done TFS.

bonjour joe
même si l'image a été prise dans un zoo,cela merite des felicitations pour ce joli moment,les deux cous forment un beau coeur.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-12 9:31]
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Hi Joe

Of course we like it and with the unexpected dedication on top of it gave it double pleasure. Thanks for the kind gesture accompanied by this magnificent "Flamingo Heart".

I find these birds are rather difficult to photograph and to represent while retaining their natural colour and without running into exposure problems. Their pink/red plumage tricks the camera’s sensors and tends to OE very easily while the colours wash out and a well intended shot quickly end in a nightmare. However, you did a magnificent job here. The exposure was spot-on maintaining excellent contrast in the plumage and the colour rendition is splendid with a true natural hue retained. The DOF was wide enough and with the combination of shutter speed you captured wonderful details displaying all the beautiful features of these majestic birds. Just look at those yellow eyes as well. One other aspect which gave the shot quite a bit of visual impact is the soft BG which reflect sporadic blotches of other flamingos in a well isolated and OOF backdrop.

Well done MYF and TFS.
Best regards

PS. Just in case I didn't say it (chuckle): "Thanks very much for the dedication".

Wonderful pattren and superb quality of the image its a nice dedication to 2 wonderful ppl. I love the tonal variation of the color on the birds
- Goutham

Hi Joe, A lovely scene of these courting flamingos:) and nice dedication of a perfect couple in TN. TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-12 9:50]

Hi Joe,

Nice dedication to Anna and Loot - they have to love this one. Amazing heartshape pose of the couple with magnificent colors and fine details. I love their eyes!!! I say courtship - not fighting.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-12 10:02]

Hi Joe
exellent image
very lovely composition
very well done.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-05-12 10:03]

hello Joe
nice gift and romantic pose
i like composition, POV, colours and details

Dear Joe
What a wonderful scene you captured :O)
Perfect timing,exposure and composition.
Superb shot.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-12 11:03]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding shot of this stuck-out flamingo necks making a lovely shape. Immaculate sharpness and lovely bright colours. Superb lighting and exposure and you really have done a commendable work here. Looks so attractive and pleasant to the eyes. Nice dedication too. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-12 11:05]

Hi Joe,

What a Beautiful capture of the Flamingos.
Its a really beautiful composition with a great POV and a very pretty heart pose.
Very nice details and a great DOF.
Superb colours and I like the colours in the OOF BG lots.


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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-05-12 11:26]

Perfect timing, and of course also a great tittle, fine details and good use of colours. Well done, Reina

Hi Joe,

Excellent capture this romantic scene and nice dedication. Great composition of shapes and colours, sharp details, very good lighting and BG and natural bright colours.


Best wishes


Hello Joe,
Excellent composition and a perfect dedication to our friend from South Africa!
the image is sharp with good light and shadows also in beautiful colouration
well done
many thanks, mate!

Wonderful capture, Joe.
Difficult to capture one, let alone two...
Besides both fellows are very sharp. The moment is excellent as well as the natural light and the colours.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-12 13:37]

Merhaba Joe!
Bu fantastik anı, nefis bir sanatsal bakış ve usta bir işçilikle işleyip bizlere sunmuşsunuz. Kısa bir anda olup geçen bu özel anları bu kadar net ve kusursuz paylaşmanın zorluğunu biliyorum. Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile. Hüseyin

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-05-12 16:02]

Wonderful moment you captured here Joe
Beautiful light and stunning color
Crystal clear image with superb detail
tfs jon

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-12 19:17]

Hello Joe,
Brilliant composition with amazing details and colors. You couldn't have picked a nicer couple to dedicate it to. Great work Joe, thank you.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-05-12 23:03]

hi Joe,
wow, a flamingo heart!! what an incredibly well timed shot to get those poses making that shape. and technically, amazing shot too. awesome.. i think this one goes in the faves. amazing work and tfs

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-05-12 23:29]

Joli portrait aux qualités esthétiques intéressantes.
Bonne journée.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-12 23:47]

Hi Joe

Beautiful composition - lovely detail and colours plus fantastic pose. Lovely dedication.


Well done Joey! Congrats on capturing this one! To me it looks like a heart, something I do not see to often in nature. A very unique and wonderful image, nice perspective on this one Joey, you captured it perfectly! Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-13 0:35]

Hello Joe,
Perfection at the top! Everything is so beautiful and technical superb. The composition in a heart is splendid. Even the BG is amazing. I enjoy this photo very much.

Hello Joe,
What a beautiful dedication! I am sure they are going to love this shot.
Excellent capture. Very good POV and DOF. Good focus, sharpness and exposure.well saturated colours and the red stands out from the nicely blurred green background.
Thanks for the share,

Hi Joe,
The thumbnail looked like a modern art made by oil painting. But what a beautiful couple portrait. Lovely composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-13 5:02]

Hello Joe, I am really envy you. Lovely lovely moments captured so well. I have no words to express. superb shot. Ganesh will b bk

Originalidad, delicadeza y buen punto de vista para esta toma. Excelentes colores y un ojo muy bien captado.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Joe,
You cashed in on a great opportunity/moment, this is a remarkable interation of the two lovers, the heart config is easy to see.
Fighting - courting, love - hate...
It's the yin and the yang thing anyway ;}
Very well done.

Ciao Joe, splendid couple in great pose, lovely heart between them, splendid composition with fantastic colors and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-13 12:14]

Hola Joe, excelente primer plano con muy buena luz y color, los detalles y la nitidez son excelentes.

Hello Joe,
Congratulations for such a perfect macro, in special time of flamingos. Superb coloration, excellent timing and focus. top class. TFS, best wishes

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-14 13:09]

Hi Joe

What a wonderful dedication and a perfect shot for it! This should be on a greetings card. Just perfect



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-16 21:53]

Hello Joe

What a beautiful capture.
A wonderful dedication,the shot is masterfully composed.
The timing is impeccable.
Lovely colour and natural lighting.
Very good POV.


Hi Joey,
phantastic image! Creatively seen, perfectly made.
I love the very well decided framing, the soft tones, the reduced pallette of colours, the strong message. Thank you!
A very beautiful dedication to our dear friends Loot and Anna.
With best regards,

Hello Joe.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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