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European Black Vulture
European Black Vulture
IreneM


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Local Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Date: Aug 14, 2008
Aperture: f10
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/200 s
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2008

A few days after getting my D700, I went with my husband to visit our local bird of prey sanctuary, which is a 45 min. drive away. In all the years Iíve lived in Germany, Iíve never been to this place ever, soÖ the time had come.
Armed with my camera, my heavy Nikkor 70-200mm lens and my 1,4 Kenko converter I tramped around the sanctuary for a couple of hours in the boiling, blinding sunshine. It was a really interesting experience and I took loads of shots, however the only bird I really enjoyed photographing was this patient, scruffy looking vulture who (seemed to) pose just for me, moving his head this way and that and then holding still till I took the shot. It was difficult getting anything decent because of the tight mesh wire (as you can see from the photo), so I was glad he didnít have any pressing appointments ;-)
After about 20 minutes he very slowly turned his back on me, so I assumed that was the end of the photo session and we left. Of all the pictures I took that day, this was the one I liked best. I know it won't do well but I wanted to show you I'd photographed something that wasn't in my kitchen ;-))
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Statistics
Place: 132 out of 487
Avg (all users): 6.0126
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.9167
Avg (non-participants): 6.3077
Views since voting: 1531
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 159
Comments: 12
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/10/2008 11:42:44 AM
This is interesting Irene. If you do glass and abstracts you win in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. If you try to branch out to something new you drop to 132nd place. I don't understand that.
I would have given this a 10. I really like it
Debbi
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09/08/2008 07:33:02 AM
Great shot Irene!! Bet the sanctuary would love a print of this.
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09/08/2008 03:01:47 AM
Are you sure you didn't kidnap the bird into your kitchen......
Just Kidding, Nice shot really...
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09/08/2008 02:48:23 AM
Hey cool Irene, miss your outdoor shots, you should do more of them (& I mean this in a good way). Love the detail captured , technically awesome.
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09/08/2008 12:34:08 AM
You probably don't hear this often, but this shot is quite underrated in my opinion. I really like the tight crop (which is obviously due to the mesh) and the toning of this. Really nicely done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2008 07:45:59 PM
good cropping
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09/02/2008 08:57:05 PM
really like the composition, its different, yet intriguing. nicely done!
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09/02/2008 06:32:34 PM
Great crop
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09/01/2008 08:02:22 AM
nice detail
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09/01/2008 07:15:49 AM
man what a fugly bird interesting tho
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09/01/2008 06:05:34 AM
great clarity...nice tones
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09/01/2008 01:40:55 AM
I presume this takes one heck of a long zoom lens?
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