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Unnatural, yet so Patagonian

Unnatural, yet so Patagonian
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of NEOTROPIC (Central & South America) Reg. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-23 4:42
Viewed: 5449
Points: 27
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I hope by now you got a little more used to this very unnatural combinations and mixes of mountains & glaciers on one hand as backdrop for ostriches, guanacos or flowers on the other hand.
As you can see this image is no exception to the rule either, au contraire, it "worstens the problem"...
But nature is known for playing tricks and it does that a quite a lot here, at the end of the world...
This is a "lesser rhea" known as "choique" by the locals, an easily recognisable bird as being from the same family as the ostrich. So, remember they are not nandu or "true, greater" rhea, they are a little smaller in size, if well above one meter tall is any way "little"...
Photographically wise as you can imagine, trying to combine the exposure of a green field of grass, plus incorporate a crazy zig-zag moving ostrich on a run while trying to aim also for a sharp rugged mountain chain in the backdrop is damn hard. Well, if anyone says "I wish you had blue sky" I'll slap him and after that I will explode :)
So, I like to call this photo "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE" .

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Hi Radu. Another stunning shot that gives us a peek of nature at the end of the world. Your Patagonia series has been outstanding, and I have enjoyed your photo-essay of your trip. I have learned a lot and have taken the trip vicariously through your eyes and your lens. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful journey with us. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-23 5:43]

Yeah Rady - very surprising view! Bird recognised rather like African and glaciers. It must be another superb place to visit!

Hello Radu!
Just amazing view! It would be great to see that!
You are very lucky visiting so many interesting countries. I envy you.

Another stunning shot Radu, who would want a blue sky when we can have these fantastic mountains as a background. You have handled the difficult exposure very well and I think the rhea is well placed. It cetainly gives you a feel for this majestic place.
Enjoying your Patagonia trip very much. I would like to suggest you create a theme and link all the images together in there.
I'm also enjoying the contrast with my desert series, especially this one in comparison to my emu scene. I don't think you get a better comparison of similar birds in vastly differnt landscapes, well done.

So we should call your series "Ireal Patagonia". Imi place ca e totul natural, fara nu stiu ce garduri de zoo, doar toate orataniile astea in cadrul lor montan, in care se simt acasa. Pe semne ca "strutul" asta te-a observat, caci pare sa o ia la goana in directia opusa!

Hello Radu!
This a great photo. Great colours, excellent sharpness and POV. A very nice composition. TFS.

Well here's something that you dont see normally on TN, this is a beautiful landscape shot with the cool rhea to spice things up even more. nice job Radu. ;)

I can't even begin to imagine the joy that you must have felt taking such a photo, in spite of the pitfalls that you mention, Radu!

I'd say a superb BG for this "lesser rhea".

Great work, thank you for sharing it with us.

Blue skies can sometimes be overrated, as in this fine example.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-23 21:51]

Superbe photo.

Félicitations et merci!

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-23 23:05]

Excellent composition Radu, but the BG could have done with less exposure, so the colours seem a bit washed out. Difficult to adjust "just right" while chasing the bird, I'll admit! Can your camera be adjusted to underexpose by a factor xy? When shooting birds in front of the sky I found this very helpful.


This is probably the most unnatural from the whole Patagonian series.
Considering all difficulties this is superb shot. I would maybe said a little more, but I don't want you to explode ;)
I like it very much :)

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-24 7:14]

This a great shot, being a mountain man myself. You did well to capture the ostrich against that bright light of the mountain.


Great picture. Must have come as a great surprise getting that shot.
Like the composition with the mountains on the background

Another stunning shot Radu, Great work, thank you for sharing it.

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