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Francolinus swainsonii

Francolinus swainsonii
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-07-23 7:41
Viewed: 3425
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Swainson's Francolin or Swainson's Spurfowl (Francolinus swainsonii) is a species of bird in the Phasianidae family.
It is found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.(wikipedia)
Close up portrait and more links here

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-23 7:56]

Hello Annick
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Details and light are good.I like the catch light in the light of your subject.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-23 8:24]

Hi Annick,
excellent composition here, a good DOF right where you need it too...very well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-23 8:39]

Hi Annick,this time you show us a great 1st class pic,not easy to have great colors as there whit a pic taken in the shadow,very perfect sharpenss and details...and a very nice bird,beuatifull work,my best compliment,Luciano

nice composition, greetigns Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-23 9:03]

Hallo Annick,
Fantastische foto in een prachtig decor. Technisch weer erg goed. Schitterend licht en formidabel scherp.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-23 9:08]

Hello Annick, another great shot my friend, the composition is cleverly done, the light is soft and the exposure is just perfect, well done, thanks!


Hi Annick,
Very good capture of this Swainson's Francolin with good pose and composition, great DOF, sharp details and nicely blurred BG.

Hello Annick!
Another great and lovely bird capture my friend! Take care my friend!

Hello Annick,
A marvelous perspective on the background. Perfect focus and clear light. Wonerful composition, great DOF, sharp details. Wonderful picture.
Cordial greetings.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-23 17:51]

Hola Annick.
Just beautiful image my friend. Very very sharp and excellent light.

What a beautiful bird. Only that one blade of grass distracts from an otherwise beautiful photo. I suppose one could clone it out carefully. I love the patterns and texture of the feathers. That coral on the face is so attractive. It that lens weren't so heavy I'd be tempted to get one just from looking at your gallery. Of course there is the small matter of the price and the trip to Africa etc. etc. ...and I suppose hiring you as a mentor and guide....

Evelynn : )

bonjour Annick

belle image de cette oiseau de la famille des phasianidé,
excellent POV, DOF et cadrage, belles couleurs aux tons sombres
et excellente netteté et détails du plumage, TFS


Hello Annick,

Nice composition and DOF. The POV is at the bird level, is well done. Sharp image and the light is very soft.

Curiosity I have for a long time, why you frame 3x4 and not 4x6. This is the standard format in Europe?


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-24 11:02]

Hi Annick.
Beautifu lspecie that I had never seen before.I like the low pov.The red color of the head come out nicely with the dark BG.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-24 12:39]

Hello Annick,
I like this very much!
Francolins are not easy to photograph as they tend to be shy and you have captured this Swainson's with excellent technical quality as well as setting it in a fine composition.
TFS this goodie,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-24 22:42]

Hello Annick,
I'd love to have such a good view of a Francolin myself but just now I am very happy looking at your capture which is excellent! I like the sharp details and the fine colours of the plumage. It also stands out very nicely against the background. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-25 10:17]

The soft light really shows how well camouflaged this bird is, even with that bright red face
Superb composition

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-27 5:31]

Bonjour Annick,
Excellente composition, grande finesse de teintes, belle lumière subtile, je trouve cette image superbe et artistique. Quel magnifique plumage pour cet oiseau de la famille des faisans!
Un grand merci
Bonne journée

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