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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: 2004-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ostriches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-05 11:46
Viewed: 5509
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the largest living bird on the earth today, which is a pity, since the extinct Elephant Bird and Moa from New Zeeland would make mincemeat of this fellow. At 2m in height & weighing in @ ± 85 kg, the Ostrich,
Struthio camelus is indeed a big fellow; & just look at the dainty way in which she stamps her toe, like a matador, turning & I can hear a distinct Olè in the back ground! This is a female, & before you wonder about the bright colours, the soil in our area is VERY red – much iron oxide in the soil & everything is covered in a patina of red - this actually make for nice, unusual colours! She was showing her displeasure at an animal neighbour, hence the little tap dance to get out of the way. Being winter, the animals get supplementary green feeding, lucerne, a green plant with little purple-blue flowers. I can remember eating these flowers as a child. Tomorrow I will post a mug shot of the male, & some more info too. Taken in the Lion & Rhino Park in Muldersdrift.
Nikon D70 & Sigma 120-300 f2.8 & 2X converter @ 300 mm; ISO 200, -0,7 EV; 1/500 @ f8; i-TTL off camera flash; Bean bag on window; bit of cropping, Levels lighter; reduced to size and USM, faded to overlay to suit. Enjoy.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-05 12:34]

Great shot.
Good composition, and efficient DOF.
As usual, nice colors.
Well done.

Great Callie
Very nice color , very sharp and good DOF.
Good note as usual.
Well done

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-05 14:42]

I like your explanation for the red on this Ostrich. When I shoot in the Lion and Rhine, The lions are red, the Rhinos are red, the Eland are red , Zebra are red EVERYTHING is RED!! I have one hell of a time adjusting tones to compensate for this. This is a lovely shot of this Ostridge (The plumage is so black, I thought it was a male) - Lovely Shot.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-05 15:00]

wow wee. Great shot, like the point of view and the contrast btween sky, bird and grass. Lot's of detail, I really like it!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-05 15:15]

Bonito ejemplar Callie.
Muy buen encuadre, bonitos colores (aunque las plumas del ave parecen un poco saturadas).
Excelente captura!

Pretty specimen Callie.
Very good frame, pretty colors (although the feather of the bird seem a little saturated). Excellent capture!

Yes, the posture of the ostrich is indeed reminiscent of ballet dancing ;-) Great capture Callie that well shows the voluminous expansion of this unique bird, and indeed a look that seems to suggest displeasure. Excellent color and light in this one, really nice.

Nice one Callie nice piece of action well captured. like the note about the local geological effects.

Great catch with very good colours and composition, did you sea this 'thing' running?

Bring out the Moulin Rouge ensemble ;-))
Beautiful colours and details. Usually, I don't fancy rump shots, but it works well here ;-)

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  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-08-05 20:08]
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He he, when i was in South Africa, i took a picture of an Ostrich...then i came back hoem and developed my photos...when i looked at them i was wondering...what is my collegue Eva doign in the bushes hehe. Need i say that the photo was NO GOOD he he. I'll blame the fact that i had to borrow the camera and that it was the only camera i had held in my hands for about 10 years. I think i have learnbed since then, i am stilll learning and one day, i hoep to take an equally splendid picture of thsi magificant bird. ;) Sorry about the rambeilng, just came to think of that and it made me smile a bit here in the midle of the night.

The shot is great.Teh feathers are wll excanturared but he head is a bit out of focus. It is moving so it isn't very strange that it is. Woudl a smaller apparature help maybe? Just great Callie. :-D

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2004-08-06 5:40]

Good composition, Callie. I like the four layers of colour, which contrast nicely with the Ostrich. Excellent detail. Well captured.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-06 16:11]

Vivid colors, good sharpnes and excellent composition.. Great shot Callie !!

Wow this a ballerina dancer I believe!
DOF is perfect!!

Very nice notes


She surely is a beauty Callie. Very nice composition which gives her some space to move into. The colours are very nice - I never noticed that the feathers on the wings were coloured. I love her pose too.

I like the way you have offset the bird to the right and left some space to the left to give an idea of natural surroundings.

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