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Just Being Together
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2006-10-19
Categorías: Birds, Bushveld
Cámara: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Digital ISO 400, UV 86mm Kenko
Exposición: f/5.6, 1/80 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Diario de viaje: Kruger National Park - 2006
Tema(s): Bee Eaters, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros II, Birds of South Africa 1, Birds / Aves, Wildlife of Africa, Birds of Africa, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Different Birds, !Fine Feathered Friends, 100 points or more (Chapter 3), A study in Ornithology (birds) 1, 90-99 Puntos (chapter 1), Kruger National Park 1, jmp *2, !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! I, Peace and Love, Superb Birds, Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Fecha enviada: 2007-06-02 4:08
Vista: 13308
Favoritos: 18 [Ver]
Puntos: 130
[Normas para las notas] Notas del fotógrafo
White-fronted bee-eaterMerops bullockoides

It is great being back here on TrekNature where I lost my conked out heart, ±3 years ago. The last 2 weeks in hospital was unbearable for one major reason – there's no Internet so I could not quickly check in on TN to view the many lovely photos and to spend some time with my treasured TN friends.

This photo was taken at the small loop on the S62 road, situated on the banks of the Letaba River. From here the river continues on to the Engelhard dam, north of the Letaba camp in the Kruger National Park. Actually it was a relative difficult shot as it was still rather early in the morning on another cloudy day with the 2 small birds perching quite a distance away from me. Fortunately the green foliage in the BG was some large trees that were quite a distance away from where the birds were sitting and the result was very pleasing. I had to stretch my 500mm lens almost to its maximum focal length (at 425mm) and I had to opt for ISO400 due to the absence of workable light. Still with these settings I could only muster a shutter speed of 1/80 seconds at an f/5.6 aperture and even with the bean bag it remained a remarkable challenge therefore I am pretty satisfied with this result.

A brief stop for a photograph turned into a ½ hour pause while watching the group excavating their nests and catching low flying insects from their perch.

About the birds.

Description

A richly coloured, slender bird, but with a distinctive black mask, white forehead, square tail and a bright red throat. The upperparts are green, with cinnamon underparts. The white forehead and square tail make this bird fairly easy to distinguish even if the bright red patch on the throat isn't visible.

Distribution
Widely distributed throughout sub-equatorial Africa.

Habitat
Margins of wide, slow-flowing rivers with steep sand banks, and other freshwater expanses; also in woodland far from the water.

Behaviour
They nest in small colonies, digging holes in cliffs or banks of earth, and have one of the most complex family-based social systems found in birds. A population may range across many square kilometres of savannah, but will come to the same colony to roost, socialize, and to breed.

Family groups, known as "clans" exhibit cooperative breeding. Non-breeding individuals become helpers to relatives and assist to raise their brood. These helpers may contribute to all aspects of the reproductive attempt, from digging the nesting chamber, to feeding the incubating female and the young.

Diet
Primarily made up of bees (87%). They also take other flying insects depending on the season and availability. They make quick hawking flights from lower branches or gliding more slowly down from their perch and hovering briefly to catch insects. Occasionally they follow cars and trucks to pick up the insects disturbed by their passage. Source

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-02 4:17]
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Hi Loot,

Welcome back,I hope it is going better with your health,we missed your pictures and your critiques,this is a cute shot of the two beeeaters together on guard on flying by lunchmaterial,well captured with good colors and details,great camerawork

Paul

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  • Seiei Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 30] (127)
  • [2007-06-02 4:18]
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Hi Loot !

I love this bird ^^ i've got some picture of it too ^^ but not in his natural homeland
Its a really nice shot, with a good focus, and a nice contrast, well done !
Regards, christophe

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-02 4:19]
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Hello Loot,
Glad to see you back. Hope everyting is going well at your end.
This is a fantatsic composition of th White fronted bee eaters.The frame is perfect, the colour and the lighting and the details just superb.
Goes right into my favourites
TFS & Cheers

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-06-02 4:19]
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Hello Loot,
I'm glad you're back with us again!
What a wonderful experience it must be to watch these preparing their nest. This is a beautiful capture of the pair sitting closely together. I love the warm colours of the plumage and details are razor sharp. Very fine soft background too. Brilliant result of your "struggles"!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Great shot of these very beautiful birds Loot.
Fantastic colors and most wonderful details in the feathers and green color tones in the BG.
It seems that they don't want to take a look at eachother and therefore both look in a different direction :)
Sharpness and compo are excellent and the catchlight in the eyes of the two is lovely and adds a great deal to the entyre scene.
Best regards and have a nice weekend, Harry

Hello Loot
You're not the only-one who's pleased with this photo. In spite of the distance the photo is very sharp and the pose of the bird is lovely. And, indeed, beautiful BG and composition. Nice POV.
Rgards,
Peter

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-06-02 4:24]
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Hello Loot, Were they angry on hated discussion. nice moment and good composition. Gnaesh

Hi Loot,
What a fantastic celebration of framed in nature - absolutely perfect. Great picture, excellent colours and very good details. I really like this photo.
Regards, Krzysztof

Hi Loot.
Ditto with everyone else's comments. Composition, DOF, detail, colour, all spot on. Wonderful image.

Kathleen
New Zealand

Hola Loot,
perfecto momento,
detalles y excelente colores,
agradable pov.
bg, es espectacular,
saludos

bonjour loot
exceptionnelle dans les couleurs la netteté et les details mais aussi pour la pose des deux oiseaux.
laurent

Hi Loot,
Perfect sharpness, composition and colors. ery nice back ground. TFS. Mustafa

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-02 6:02]
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Hi Loot

Great capture of the Bee-Eaters, I love the pose with the two birds sat huddled together, very nice detail and the colours are just fabulous with a superb blurred BG.

Nice to see you back and hope you sre keeping well.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-02 6:34]
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Hi Loot,
Beautiful and tender pair of bee-eaters! Colours, pose, exposure, background and pov are really good.
TFS, José M.

Hi
An adorable couple. Great colors composition and OOF buckground. A little litlle problems with sharpnes
Best wishes
Krzysztof

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-02 7:06]
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Hi Loot

Nice to see you back, my friend and i hope that the 2 weeks in the hospital will make you feel a lot better now :) (sorry, but i really don't know the reason why you were there, so i only hope that it was to make something better).

Anyway, it great to see you back and so enthusiastic :)
This is indeed a splendid ouble capture with a simply fantastic pose from the two of them...they appear as if ignoring each other :))
The details, colors and POV here are also exceptional and the DOF is impeccable - blurring out the bG so beautifuly.
A charming composition.

Bravo and TFS
Horia

PS: thanks for the amazing video! It's truely a rare thing...especially if recorded :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-06-02 7:28]
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Hello Loot,
I hope you are now well on the way to recovery and that your ticker is doing its job.
Great that you have shots like this one in your archive. Considering the limited availabilty of light this is a superb capture of two White-fronted Bee-eaters with fine sharpness and BG set in an excllent composition.
Well done and get well soon!
Ivan

Hi loot,
Welcome back, you have neen missed andI hope everything is ok.
The picture is wonderful with lovely colours and fine details.
I like the POV and pose too. The shallow DOF helps to bring out
the birds from the BG.
Very well done, my friend.

Hi Loot,
that's soooo lovely, I like this shot so much!
They are sitting there so nice and the moment is wonderful. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-02 15:31]
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Hello Loot,
Amazing capture.Exposure is spot on.Vivid colors,crisp clear details,sharpness,pose of birds,BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!Have agreat weekend.
TFS..:-)

What a great come back Loot. I sincerely hope that you are well. I don't know about how it is in your country but here, hospitals are a nightmare… They are no room for everybody and some very sick people have to sleep in the corridors with no intimacy at all. This is just unacceptable… anyway…

This is a wonderful picture of this lovely couple with nice details, colors, POV and composition. Those birds are fantastic and I wish that we have them here… This is a very appropriated picture that goes along with a great note. Thanks,
Claudine

Hello Loot.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Regards.
Jose Luis.

Hi Loot.
Very impressive picture. Great colour and composition. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-02 18:20]
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ahh loot that is just a beautiful shot. I love the pose, really touching. Technically great as well: lovely DOF, great colours and lovely POV. Sharp and with a great exposure.

TFS

Karan

PS loved the video you sent

It is so good to have you back, Loot. : )
We missed you a lot. I knew nothing could keep you away for long.
This is a lovely capture, my friend. Considering the challenges you mentioned, the beauty of this shot attests to your skills as a photographer.
The composition is very engaging. Judging from their fluffed-up feathers, it seems that they were feeling the chill (as confirmed by your weather report) and were cuddling for warmth. Their back-to-back contact is endearing, and their beaks facing opposite directions give your picture a good balance. The details on the birds are excellent and the colors came out gorgeous despite the low light. The DOF gave you an absolutely magnificent BG, and I think the square framing works very well in this situation.
All in all, an outstanding picture which will go straight to my favorites. : )
TFS, and again, so happy you are back. : )
ManYee

Mirror Twins! They look like they are both guarding each other's back! I love it Loot, thank you.
And it is so good to see you here again after your holiday in hospital! Just keep looking after that conked out heart of yours my friend.
Kia ora
Janice

Hi Loot,
This is a gorgeous picture of bee-eater. Sharpness, colors, composition are excellent. Glad to see you back. With all best wishes,
JC

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2007-06-03 10:31]
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Hi Loot,

Nice to see you back in a short time. Hope your health is better.

This is a very nice capture of the pair of beautiful bee-eaters.Colors are great. Very good composition,POV and I liked their pose a lot TFS.

Selen

Loot,

Ek is so bly om te sien dat jy weer hier is en oenskynlik gesond is. Ek was baie bekommerd toe ek sien jy is ongesteld.

Fantastiese foto, een van jou heel bestes in my opinie. Gegewe die swak lig het jy regtig fantasties gedoen. Baie goeie werk!

Jan-Hendrik

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-03 12:46]
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Hi Loot.
I like to hear your and see new picture. Your shot is brilliant. Terrific scene and its reproduction. I like great details and wonderful colour so much. During past year I could not take good pictures of this species. May be this year I will be luckier. Seeing your perfect shot I think about it. My best wishes to you and TFS.
Alexei.

What a proud couple! - Ongelooflike kleure en agtergrond vir hierdie foto. Jy het verseker 'n fantastiese gevoel vir 'n goeie foto. Goed gedoen Loot!

Welcome back Loot!
I am sure I can send this welcoming note on behalf of ALL your friends from Trek Nature. I for one has missed you and I am sure many others as well.
First of all, I just want to tell everybody, next time Loot is away – don’t worry, he has a very capable secretary, (his wife) that answers his mail while he is unable to do so himself. (Ha–ha) thank you Shorty for keeping us posted!

If there was one person hoping to be first in the queue to critique this posting it surely would have been me. Unfortunately I missed out as I do not have access to the internet on weekends. To all of you that jumped in front of me – Damm!

Everything I wanted to say is already said. Damm again! Ok, I’ll put it in my own words, even if I repeat somebody else’s critique.
The colours are superb and the background a lovely shade of green. Very good shot!
Wow! This is indeed a maginifique photo. Like always your notes are outstanding and very interesting.

You have outdone yourself once again! And I am so impressed with this spectacular shot. You deserve a few stars and more than one smiley.

Warmest regards
Aaltjie

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2007-06-04 9:27]
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Hello Loot
Good to have you back and to see that all cylinders seem to be firing in the correct order. Slowly but surely your Kruger Park "Travelogue" are growing into a magnificent illustrative journal and I am sure (the way I know you by now) there are still loads of great photos on its way to join those already on display. After all you did mention that you took some 4,845 photos. You just need to speed up the process a little so that we do not have to wait so long between postings. This is a beautiful photo of these two "love birds" although it seems like the honeymoon is over. Maybe the closeness is just a convenient arrangement to fight of the cold, but the way I see it, it doesn't look like the two are seeing eye to eye. I like the green tones of the photo (the birds and the background) and the focus are good when one considers the focal distance and the heavy lens you had to deal with. You have a sharp eye for a good photo and composition.
Greetings
AC

Dear Loot my friend,
I am so glad to see you back and better again. I am sure you will need to rest and take it easy. But still I am glad that you are OK.
You returned with a really marvelous photo. Such a wonderful romantic moment. I am sure that you fully enjoyed those 30 minutes. Technically this shot is perfect. The details are awesome, the DOF with the wonderful green OOF BG complents the colors of the birds and the composition is superb.
TFS and welcome back,
Niek

Dear Loot,
good to have you back here on TN!
The picture you chose for telling us you are back again is magnificent, and emotionally and aethetically appealing in many aspects. The couple of birds touching each other tenderly with poses in reciprocity are catching the attention at once. Details are precisely reported with some well controlled, lovable softness remaining. There is an adorable clear composition with a minimalized number of elements. Lush well saturated colours of birds and vegetation. A very elegantly curved twig to serve as a stage.
This is an image of perfect tenderness and harmony - and well describing, with excellent notes. Wonderful.
Thank you, my dear friend. Hope you are well again.
With all my best wishes, and best regards,
Peter

"You cover my back; I cover yours..."
What a great shot Loot! One wonders what traumatic event caused these two to huddle like this... Then again, perhaps it was justa cold spell !

Wonderful capture! Tfs, Jay

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-05 6:50]
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Hi Loot,
what a wonderful shot of this couple, cute how they lok into different directions nicely snuggled up.
Great POV, colors and sharpness are excellent.
Very well composed and presented.
TFS..Sky

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-06-05 13:40]
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Hallo Loot , Is weer een prachtig gezicht deze twins , lovely compositie details kleuren pov en mooie bg , bedankt Groeten Teunie .

fantastic my friend,
a very good shot, great pov, good dof and a quality job a lust for the eyes,
good job.
groet Jaap

Hi Loot.
Wow. They are so beautiful. Great sharpness and the colours are amazing. Very well captured.
Regards, Steve.

Well hi Loot,

I hope your doing much better, alway great to see you posting new images, especially this one of the bee eaters back to back. The soft green backdrop makes these two individuals stand out beautifully and the colors they birds produce are gorgeous. Well done. :)

B back.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-06-10 16:35]

hi loot,

this is of course an awesome and totally beautiful photo, although the two look like
they do not have much to say to each other anymore...

but it is even nicer to see you back!! :-)

hope everythings is ok (now).
best wishes from cologne, thor.

Hello Loot,
This image is exceptionally beautiful, their colours are amazing. The quality of the image is just superb, such wonderful sharpness and all the finer detail can be viewed so well. Oh to be able to take photos like this.
Cheers,
Debbie

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-12 7:11]

Bonjour Loot,
Nice to see you here, you did not have Internet & TN at hospital, my poor Loot ;-) We missed you, take care of you now...
This photo is amazing. You manage well with the 400 Iso and 425mm, great colored result under clouds. The birds are superb and their opposite pose is nice, they stand out of the pleasant green blurred background. The excellent sharpness offers great details in the feathers.
Bravo my friend and TFS
Christian

Hello Loot,

What a beauty! Thanks to the picture you dedicated to Adrian and me, I took a look at your gallery to see what you've posted since you've been back from the hospital and found these two beauties. I didn't want to miss the chance to critique this picture and add it to my favorites. Bee Eaters and King Fishers are my favorite birds and your picture popped out of my monitor when I saw it.


Composition:

Your composition is perfect! I can't find a nit here! I like the branch running along the lower third of the picture and the excellent poses of the two birds. The perfectly blurred background is indeed very appropriate for this shot! In my opinion this could easily be an award winning photo! I can't have enough looking at it!

Colors:

I can hardly imagine something more beautiful than two colorful Bee Eaters! Saturation is well adjusted and I also like the way the subjects look on a green background.

Contrast:

Excellent contrast in your picture! Add the contrast between two complimentary colors (red-green) and you have a perfect image!

Exposure:

In spite of the slow shutter speed you captured a great and sharp picture! The details are outstanding and the shadows are soft! The ISO 400 noise is barely visible. Did you use a noise removal software?

Focus:

Accurate focus on the subject! I guess that the fact that the birds were siting on the branch helped a lot while focusing. So did the lack of vegetation between lens and subject! I can't help from stressing how much I like the background! You controlled the DOF very good!

This is one of the best bird pictures I've seen on TN! A favorite of course! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,
Eddie

Hi loot,
This is a very colorful and cute birds well captured and presented by your extraordinary skills and hope you are doing well.
TFS
Goutham R

Hello My Friend,
Glad to see you are doing well and on top of your game here. This is simply perfect! Beautiful soft light. It has such vibrant accurate color saturation and sharp detail in the plumage. Perfectly composed and framed. I love the isolation against the perfect OOF green backround. A very high WOW factor here. Olympic judging would give it 10 out of 10.

Scott

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-01 8:22]

Hi Loot, I am relived that you are back on TN! I hope that your health continues for many years more. You have posted another superb shot, I keep scrolling up to admire it. What a fab moment and pov. The compositon is wonderful and these beauties and perfectly focused, sharp with lovely colours. Perfect dof. I shall catch up on all your recent shots.
tfs
debz

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-05 9:49]

Hi Loot,
Very nice capture of this beautiful coloured couple. I like the pose they are in. Very nice composition, pov, sharpness and colours.
TFS Paula

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-13 7:01]

Love this shot Loot!
What a moment you captured,I love the pose&closeness of the both birds.Details are fantastic&GOOD POV&Composition.
TFS!!

Hi Loot,

Beautifull shot of these bee-eaters
Compo, colours, sharpness, pose and POV are SUPERB

TFS Thijs

I know why you got 100 out of 100. So it is useless to appreciate you.Only what I can do, that is a pray.I want to see more pictures . Regards.

Beautiful!!! So much has already been said about this photo - it's wonderful!!!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-08 10:36]

The heart-like composition here is charming and as usual I want to commend you on your superb work -- you're a great teacher.
I'd also like to thank you publicly for taking the time to look at the workshops of others and marking which you find useful. I noticed and I am grateful

TFS
silke

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  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-09-08 23:57]

Hi Loot,

Dis goed om weer van jou werk te sien. Hierdie foto is baie hoog op my lys. Ek het van hulle waar daar een in die raam is maar die een vat die koek. Baie goed gedoen gegewe die beskikbare lig.

hi loot!
congrat to this very beautiful picture!
really sharp and with nice pov and dof
tfs

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-09-22 12:29]

Hi Loot, I think this is reallu a winner! Beautiful colours and what a nice moment you have here. Well done!!!
Congratulations Reina

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-24 3:27]

Hello Loot, that's a fantastic shot for sure. Everything in it is great ! 10/10, thanks !

Mario

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2008-01-11 16:06]

Hi Loot
Looks like they are waiting for something. Great catch and composition. Good colours and POV.
Well done MF

osse

Hello Loot,
I can hardly see birds are this close to each other casually in an open space, rubbing shoulders in a very friendly manner. To me, this is a very candid composition and having both of them looking in different direction is like they are having friendly grudges.

I like the flawless details exposed perfectly for my viewing pleasure and the background is so perfectly blurred out isolating these beautiful subjects. Since I like looking at them again and again, I hope you won't mind if I add this to my personal theme and one of my favorite.

Best regards from Malaysia,
Jusni

Dear Loot,
I will come back later to comment mf,
Howard

Great shot and remarkable sharpness for shooting at almost 500 mm. You mention stretching it to ISO400? When I was in Kgalagadi I met a couple who are professional photographers, they had 12 megapixel Nikons and shot at ISO1000. I immediately set my Canon 400D (10MP) to ISO800 and shot all my wildlife photos at that setting, even with my 170-500 Sigma. You have seen my photos, notice a difference? In the old days of using TRI X film at 400 ASA you would get lots of grain, but I guess that is not the case with digital photography. Push up your ISO next time for the increase in shutter speed on your longer lenses.

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  • [2008-08-14 16:14]

Hi Loot, This is a very fine composition, the birds looking each side make it unusual and interesting. The clarity is very good and the green backdrop works well. TFS. Murray.

Hello Loot,
several minutes ago, I have seen this perfect capture on main page of TN among Featured Favorite Photos. This is really wonderful shot of very beautiful couple of bee-eaters. There are two species of the genus Merops here; M. apiaster and M. persicus. First one is more colorful, as like yours. But I like very much all species of bee-eaters. They are one of my favourite birds. You captured them together. Back to back position look superb. Timing excellent as like POV/OOF. Splendid coloration, great sharp details of focus. Nicely composed and noted. Thanks so much for sharing. best wishes
Ahmet

Hello Loot
You have managed to capture these two bee-eaters in a most favourible pose and in lovely bright light, this way showing of the beautiful colours of their plumage. It is amazing how identical they look but on the other hand how different they are. I especially refer to the one on the left having brighter colours in its plumage. They look so comfortable with another, side by side, and your title is most appriopiate. Indeed a colourful and most pleasant image. Thanks for sharing.
Love
Anna

Amazing shot! The colours, details and dof look outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

Hi loot,
I am also looking after a long time and I hope everything is ok with you. There is nothing to say about your shot-EXCELLENT.
Very well done, my friend.

Biswarup

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