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Does my butt look fat ?

Does my butt look fat ?
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Copyright: Gabi Klemm (klemmg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM, Sigma UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-18 17:39
Viewed: 3341
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) aka “Snakebird” or “Darter”, a female (obviously …)

OK, here are my flimsy excuses for that title, and the text in the image:

1.It is EDUCATIONAL (if bad) humour:
As the Anhinga lacks actually waterproofing oil glands (semi-functional oil glands are located towards –though not at- the rear end, see that slightly red patch under the feathers above the tail that the bird is looking at); so in this sense it certainly is not fat.

That is in fact the reason why during hunting for fish in the water this bird gets thoroughly soaked and needs to dry out.

This female perched in the tree in the wind to dry out and kept changing poses to expose all the wet feathers to the wind. It was pretty windy so she almost lost balance several times, which unfortunately introduced some camera shake as I tried to stay serious quite unsuccessfully.

There is a plus in getting soaked: the bird carries less trapped air in its plumage and is less buoyant, which makes diving for its fishy prey much easier.

2. The text improves the composition by providing more balance to it.

(Rob, if you still want to throw it out I won’t be offended. I’ll post it as a workshop instead if you don’t mind.)

Here you can find a rather more complementing PORTRAIT shot of a FEMALE ANHINGA .

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-18 19:25]

Maybe it is the power of suggestion, but this bird's expression with its head tilted right and eye looking back and down seems to be saying exactly what you suggested in the title and composition balancing text...;-)
Interesting composition...
Thanks for sharing,

A very nice image Gabi and a not that made me laugh :-). Excuse number 2: "The text improves the composition by providing more balance to it", is one I need to remember very wel for my inbalanced images! I can see from the pose he's trying to keep his balance. Well written note to go with the image, with this combination Rod will have to leave the image where it is ;-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-18 19:53]

Gabi, we know photography is also a matter of taste.

I wouldn't have the text upon the picture, but, since you like it, no problem.

I like composition and "pose". Very nice open wings and great details.

The title would probably be a winning entry for a humorous caption contest and it works great for that purpose so I dont see why you have to add it to the image too (it only detracts). But otherwise this is a very funny and nice composition. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Gabi,
An excellent shot. Outstanding colors and detail. This has an almost 3D look to it. You have nailed this one really well. Exposure looks perfect to me. I shot a few of these type shots, but nothing of this quality. Well done! (I would be the perfect gentlemen and reply absolutely not!)


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-18 22:41]

Personal assessment of the photo: good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Gabi.
Sorry, I have no time to write a good comment.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-19 2:02]

What a great pose you have caught, Gabi.
Very funny picture and title to fit. : )
Fantastic details on the spread-out wings... and tail. : P
I would have preferred no text on the image.
I think the "imbalance" of the picture would have given the impression that the anhinga is on the verge of losing her balance, which would have added to the tension of the shot.
Great job in any case, and TFS. : )

Hi Gabi

Great shot with good timing. Nice clear details with the sharpness spot on. Well done. I am not going to comment on the butt! TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-19 4:53]

You bird looks very supercilious Gabi! Quite a snob I think:) Wonderful capture, nice and sharp, and excelelnt contrasts against the blue sky. Very well done.

Hi Gabi,
Excellent shot!
Very sharp and good details,
nice blur sky background.
Well done and thank you!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-19 6:23]

Gabi bonjour, excellent shot plein de vie!! Ce Snakebird séchant ces ailes au soleil est superbe de piqué et de couleurs. Bonne composition également. Le texte!! n'apporte absolument rien au contraire!! Il n'est pas utile!! la photo est assez evocatrice par elle même. Grants Didier.

Nicely captured Gabi,
Your butt looks fine!
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a good week.
Have a very merry Christmas and Happy new year.

Nice shot Gabi, though not keen on the added text. Good POV and nice composition and sharpness. Great plumage details.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-21 11:50]

Very nice composition, POV and colours Gabi. I also like frame. Good work!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-12-21 16:39]

Hi Gabi,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition.
I don't like writting on an image and I don't like jaggies in an image from incorrect resizing.


Stunning detail and great light. Hope you have a great holiday, Gabi. Oh, heck, Merry Christmas!


Hahaha, Gabi, this is the winner today, what a lovely shot. Don't worry, your body is perfect - you model-bird!
What a wonderful pose, I could laugh out loud - LOL!
Thank you so much, you put a big smile on my face, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Sorry - out of points - coming back tomorrow - sure!
Here they are - sorry, I've forgotten you yesterday, bye.

Humorous presentation that works well Gabi. This is an excellent capture & note. Well done! Merry Christmas.

Helo, Gabi!
Funny guy, but as a photo is excellent. Good composition and sharrpness. Details on black and BG also.
Happy New Year!

Hi Gabi, what an odd expression and pose for this Anhinga, but it is still astonishingly well captured. excellent shot.

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