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The flying shadow - to Howard Cheek

The flying shadow - to Howard Cheek
Photo Information
Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Brazil, Vultures, Flying images, Vultures in South America, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-17 11:40
Viewed: 6942
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We, who enjoy taking wildlife shots, have to be lucky sometimes. I can say I was lucky when taking this shot. Of course, my intention was to capture the flight, but when I was checking the pictures in the camera, I noticed the shadow would work like a nice bonus. That's why I haven't chosen a tighter composition.

Coragyps atratus

Geographic Range

Black Vultures are resident in tropical and warm temperate from southern Canada to southern South America including continental United States of America. In the northern parts of their range they have a southward migration in the fall and a returning spring migration.


The Black Vulture prefers an open habitat and avoids dense forests as much as possible. Such habitats include lowlands with adjacent highlands, open fields, desert terrain, garbage dumps, and urban or rural centers.

Physical Description

The Black Vulture is... black, large bird with a wingspan of 137-152 cm, a length of 50-69. The sexes are alike and the adults and the young have black, wrinkled bare skin on the head and neck. Adults have brown. Black Vultures have weak feet, adapted more for running than for clutching and relatively weak bills. The black vulture's feet stretch past its short tail. In flight, a short, square tail and a large white patch on the undersurface of the wing at the base of the primaries distinguishes them from turkey vultures, another large new world vulture which often occurs in the same area. These birds have been observed to live as long as 21 years in captivity and the oldest wild captured banded bird was 16 years old.

(Source: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Coragyps_atratus.html)

ISO: 400
Post process on Photoshop CS2

TAZ, marhowie, wallhalla15, ryyck, Janice, wishnugaruda, Luc, sway, chiliu, philip, coasties, dew77 has marked this note useful
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Fantastic shot! I am under a big impression.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-17 12:21]

What a beautiful bird in flight that you have well captured ! The movement is great and you are right the shadow is a good bonus. Thanks for sharing Livio.

Ola Livios
Boa foto,

Não sabia que havia destes bichos em Marte !

It's an excellent in-flight Livio. Very sharp and clear with great details and exposure. I like the wing position down with the tip of the near wing curled up so..Great curves! Thank You for the thought. In helping each other we learn, don't you agree?

Livio, superb action shot! Perfect composition and great details. Fantastic work! Well done,

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-17 14:01]

Excelente, a sombra do urubu no chão deu um toque especial a imagem, parabéns.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-17 16:47]

The Black Vulture - well composed Livio, especially with the shadow. Great action shot, well timed. And we so often don't know this until we download our photos! Good colours and sharpness, well done.

Hi Livio,
this is wonderful, together with the shadow.
Also excellent sharpness, congratulations, you made a very good job, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-17 20:43]

Great action shot!
The focus is perfect and a great exposure to freeze him in mid flight.
I love the shadow and your composition. It makes a great shot a fantastic one!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-09-17 21:09]

Hi Livio,
Excellent action shot!
Good timing, great colour and details.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-09-17 21:43]

Esta você arrasou...!!! Alguém falou em Marte...?!?!?
Pegou o bicho em um voo muito bonito.
O fundo ficou ótimo.
Excelente trabalho, com nitidez e profundidade.

This is awesome and the shadow does improve this shot very much. I love how the feathers are curved on the end of the wing. Beautiful shot!

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  • jaspe (13)
  • [2005-09-18 3:07]

Wonderful shot! Very wel captured! I really like it, thank you for sharing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-18 3:25]

Fantastic shot, Livio. I like this one very much, and I think the shadow is really awesome. Sharp details and excellent composition. Well done and TFS. : )

Great shot ,
Excellent detail, sharpness and composition. The colours and exposure are very good. Good POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good day

Hi Livio

Congrats on a magnificent shot. Everything is just perfect! Well done. Thanks :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-09-18 6:48]

Super Livio !

Bel envolé et jolie contraste sujet environnement.

Félicitations !

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-09-18 16:04]

Well spotted, even if only afterwards.
I have found lizards when I was taking photos of banana leaves (not kidding) - just shows how selective attention and sight can be.
Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-20 3:07]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful in flight capture.Colors,details,POV,shadow on ground,POV and composition are excellent.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-04 19:31]

O yes - the messenger of death is coming. Great capture, excellent timing, Livio. TFS!!! Michal

Hi livio,

I think that was the best moment for take this pic.Colors, sharpness, composition, using the light, ... are very well.Thanks for that excellent capture.

fantastic-Without the shadow you have a great picture with beautiful colors. With the shadow you have a unique photo that is now one of my favorites!

Hola Livios, excelente captura , buen congelamiento, extrema nitidéz, la luz favorece a exaltar la presencia del (Coragyps atratus) Jote cabeza negra y su sombra , impactante ... felicitaciones y tfs
saludos, Roberto

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