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Sandhill Crane on Ice

Sandhill Crane on Ice
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Copyright: Doug Brown (dB_grafix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 9 N: 624] (3019)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-E, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-11 23:00
Viewed: 3203
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Finally after a lot of rain and busy work schedule I was able to get out one day and take some photos.
Here is a sandhill crane having some trouble on the ice.
Sorry for a long absence and lack of critiques, but I hope to find more time now as this year winds to an end.
I can say I miss viewing everyones images and seeing what you all are up to.

SelenE, Jamesp, JPlumb, JoseMiguel, uleko, Luis52, Alex99, Maite, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-12-11 23:08]

Wow, doug... What a glorious capture.
I have a love affair with sandhill cranes, and every year I attend the Sandhill Crane Festival a couple of hours from my hometown, in hope of getting a good shot of these magnificent birds. I don't get nearly close enough to get anything decent.
I just love this picture: the composition, the pose, the clarity, the colors.
TFS. : )

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-11 23:54]

Hi Doug,
Lovely action photo of this beautiful crane. I liked the pose you captured, light, composition, POV and the colors. Well done and TFS

Hello Doug,
You did yourself proud with this closeup of the Sandhill Crane with the short zoom lens. Great detail and action shot of a normal shy bird.
Well done...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-12 0:41]

Hi Doug

Supeb shot. The lighting is great and the detail here is outstanding. The colour of the water really helps bring out the colour of the crane.

I am off for my Christmas break soon - New Zealand and then Japan where I am going to try to photograph the cranes in Kyushu and Hokkaido.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-12 1:30]

Hi Doug, this is an amazing catch of this lovely Crane. Perfect action moment and pov with the wings in their full glory - it must have been a cold landing! The Crane is well exposed with good detail and sharpness throughout. Good colour tones and a dynamic compostiion.

Hi Doug, very nice capture of this natural action by this Sandhill Crane, breaking through the ice. Your timing was excellent to catch the break, and those wings being raised, probably in panic. You have great detail on the bird, with very good natural looking colour throughout.

Thanks, John

Hello Doug,
This is a beautiful ballerina! :) Everything looks great in this image: details, colors, exposure, composition and moment caught. This is a nice specie that I didn't have the chance to see often. Well done!

Hi Doug,
Amazing capture!
It's so good the moment caught over the small piece of ice.
You had a beautiful light and took good advantage of it.
Got great details on the plumage and on that balancing pose.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best reagrds,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-12 7:22]

Hello Doug,
Excellent and well-timed capture of this lovely Crane. Wonderful light, sharp details and fine colours. Lovely blue colour of the water too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-12 8:42]

Hola Doug. Un bello momento capturado por tu camara aqui. Foto de exelente calidad y con iluminacion de alto Nivel,
Saludos Luis52.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-12 8:49]

Hi Goug.
Wonderful, perfectly done picture. Its subject is fine. Quality of the shot is the best. Timing, exposure parameters, exposure, coours and lights and more other components of photo skill are demonstrated by you excellently. Bravo. Great work.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-12 9:59]

Hello Doug
What a marvellous shot is this!!! I love the pose of this beautiful Sandhill Crane breaking the frozen and uniform surface of the water. How beautiful and splendid the details and colors! Magnificent sharpness, POV, DOF, and wonderful contrast, composition and presentation.
Happy to see you back again!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-12 20:04]

Hello Doug

Excellent timing and lovely lighting.
Just marking the post for now


Wonderful = great action shot, such a graceful motion. Your usual splendid work!

hello Doug


what a excellent photo done in a good timing,
i like the foots movement and the way the wings are open,
this is the kind of photo that i like and it goes automaticaly
in my favorites, TFS


Great shot!
I love cranes...

wow Doug, this is really a beauty, what a wonderul pose and bird this is, so razorsharp

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