Flying into 2010
- fragman (42193)
- [2009-12-28 21:22]
amazng capture, TFS Ori
- Hussain58 (4731)
- [2009-12-28 21:24]
This is an amazing shot of an amazing bird, the colours, the focus, the sharpness , the flavour of South Africa are all there in this wonderful photo.The BG presents a sharp contrast....thanks for sharing...wish you a happy 2010...warmest regards/Abid
- FunkyMunky (3154)
- [2009-12-28 21:53]
What a great photo to start off the new year with!
May we all get to fly high in 2010!
- marianas (6739)
- [2009-12-28 22:38]
Wonderful great bird!
Very sharp details, great colors.
- ellis49 (2246)
- [2009-12-28 23:25]
a nice in-flight shot from you.
The picture is shar with fine details, it's aslo well exposed with nice colours.
Happy new year, my friend.
Greetings to Anna.
Warm and sunny greeings from
- nasokoun (62)
- [2009-12-29 0:08]
beautiful in-flight shot, the frame fills with the subject and the background elects it very well, fine luminous colors and details!
Wish you all the best for the new year!
- irishprophet25 (1118)
- [2009-12-29 0:31]
Lovely shot dedicated to the New Year. The colours are fabulous and so is the detail.The background is also blurred nicely.
Great capture and TFS
Hope you have a Happy New Year.
- flashpoint (28008)
- [2009-12-29 0:59]
a very surprising for me this strange bird with a long tail ... great details and beautiful posture in flight
detailed note too....I wish you and your family the best in 2010
- chrisruth (213)
- [2009-12-29 1:05]
All the best for the new year for you and the family as well.
I hope you have enjoyed some leave and not spent too much time at work...
Thanks for the beautiful posting of this Widowbird.
I can vaguely remember a bird like this growing up in the eastern cape.
This is a very good freeze frame of the bird in flight, with lovely contrast of colors and great sharp details.
Thanks for sharing
- PeterZ (48424)
- [2009-12-29 1:28]
The most impressive Widow of all widowbirds is the Long-tailed Widow with the longest tail of them all (Males). And you got it in flight, amazing. These birds are, as far as I know, very shy. So this photo is very special. Great sharpness, details, natural colours, POV and OOF BG.
The best wishes for 2010 to you, Anna and your family,
- robindb (1420)
- [2009-12-29 1:29]
I see you have annexed that new camera and lens. This is a well detailed image of this bird in flight and knowing how they fly this was definitely not easy because of the vertical and horizontal movement. The background is also perfect.
All of the best for 2010.
- Nasarg (200)
- [2009-12-29 1:57]
Hello there Loot,
Wow! what a nice catch! Colors and details of the subject are superb. This is what i really like being a member of TN, i have this kind of opportunity to be able to see the creaures i have never seen before like this beautiful long-tailed black widowed bird. TFS and have a prosperous New Year to all of us! :-)
Best regards, Arman
- SunToucher (11162)
- [2009-12-29 2:34]
Such an elegant moment captured with such great skill. Its tail is probably the most beautiful I've ever seen. You've captured it in perfect frozen state without loosing any of its sharpness. I also like the wonderful colored and soft textured BG. This background really helps to isolate the bird in flight and gives us the full focus on it.
I assume that I am probably the only one that is able to see noise in the darker feathers and especially in the tail feathers. So I guess it is more a monitor thing than that you have brightend these areas in your post processing.
- hansh (2762)
- [2009-12-29 2:39]
What a wonderfull bird you have captured during his flight.
Amazingly sharpness and very beautiful colors.
A very happy new year to you and your family and thank you for your note.
- ramthakur (55457)
- [2009-12-29 3:01]
Beautiful image of this sleek bird in flight, Loot.
The pose in flight is truly artistic.
At shutter speed 1/1600, the sharpness is phenomenal and the colours very distinct and highly attractive.
May the symbolic flight of this bird into 2010 be the harbinger of all good things you have enumerated in the resolution for all of us.
That is a new species for me, and thanks to your expertise, your nicely frozen in-flight capture from a good vantage point demonstrates its salient features to a perfection. Those are surely very impressive tail feathers. What I wonder is, why you omitted the all important Phylum: Chordata from your otherwise very detailed and informative notes...
Our feelings towards the coming New Year are quite reciprocal!
- maurydv (36428)
- [2009-12-29 3:41]
a fantastic capture of Long-tailed Widowbird taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness, marvellous natural colours, a very pleasing and harmonious composition with a fabulous BG.
I wish you a Healthy and Happy 2010.
- kedarkulkarni (1459)
- [2009-12-29 4:19]
this is just amazing. Never seen such a bird before. Very well done. Lovely capture of this one in its flight. Great work! Congrats!
- alin-m (1773)
- [2009-12-29 4:35]
Great image of this wonderful bird.
A nice photo to celebrate new year 2010.
Greetings and wish you a great 2010 year.
- CeltickRanger (37120)
- [2009-12-29 8:23]
your (in South Africa) Long-tailed Widowbird it is like our
red-winged blackbird, last spring i have done some in-flight photos
excellent in-flight photo of this long tailed bird, fine POV,
superbly focused excellent sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity,
- wishnugaruda (19361)
- [2009-12-29 8:39]
wow, this bird is wonderful, I love the moment and the sharpness.
I wonder that this guy can fly with that long tail, amazing, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- uleko (10940)
- [2009-12-29 9:01]
To me it looks as if you're an expert at taking in-flight captures - this is really wonderful! The bird is gorgeous and your timing is excellent as the tail is sweeping along and the wing nicely open. Excellent focus too and beautiful colours against the warm background!
Many thanks and a very Happy New Year to you and your family! Kind regards, Ulla
- eng55 (5892)
- [2009-12-29 13:36]
Very beautiful in-flight capture.This bird I'd never seen before.Simple BG,sharpness,catchlight in eyes and details are perfect.I'm a fraid when her head reachs 2010,her tail will stay a long time in 2009:)I wish Happy new year for you and your family too!
Thanks for posting..
- jlinaresp (17292)
- [2009-12-29 15:52]
Incredible, beautiful picture, with an excellent technique to get a bird completely well defined and a superb background. Excellent work and very well documented. Congratulations. Greetings
- Noisette (7821)
- [2009-12-29 15:57]
this bird is splendid, and taken superbly in a great pose and with very sharp details, i like his elegant flight and his very long tail
the BG is very beautiful too
i wish you also a Happy New Year
- manyee (23770)
- [2009-12-29 17:18]
WOW! What a fantastic shot, Loot!
You really caught that "long tail" in flight.
That is just spectacular.
What good timing: eye intensely focused, wings spread out, and that tail!!!
And the BG is just gorgeous as well.
It is indeed a fitting post to usher us into the new year.
Thanks for your good wishes, and the same to you and your family.
TFS. : )
- Miss_Piggy (18712)
- [2009-12-29 19:32]
This is really a wonderful image and one very dear to me, as I know how difficult it was to capture this Long-tailed Widowbird. I know capturing any bird in flight is not easy, and on this day the wind was blowing which made the photographable opportunities even trickier. You have captured this striking bird hovering in the sky with its beautiful tailpiece like a elegant garment with great skill and expertise and it is really beautiful to look at the end result, as there is no trace of movement. The motion of this almost black beauty hanging in the air is seen with great clarity, just as the flash light caught in the eye and the white tips on the edges of the wings. That is the way photography should be done! Although not so many, due to work obligations, I want to thank you for all your great postings in 2009 and may you have a wonderful photographic year in 2010. Love.
- Mello (2419)
- [2009-12-29 21:53]
Hello dear Loot,
Like always I like your lovely capture and very nice notes.
I wish you the same and to your family too.
Incredible bird plume, great POV, composition and lovely colours agaist the great blutty BG.
Thanks to show us this beauty in so good conditions.
- pankajbajpai (16627)
- [2009-12-29 22:21]
what a beautiful capture, this bird looks so beautiful flying with long wings, i have never seen someting like this, the title is perfect for the shot, good focus, good details in this well composed shot,
tfs & regards
wish you and anna a very happy new year 2010
- ingridshaul (0)
- [2009-12-30 1:18]
Dear Loot, my friend
Are you brilliant? Yes you are!
For the last 30 years every time, when we travel from Harrismith (due south of Môreson Ranch) towards Mont aux Sources, we see Longtailed Widowbirds in the breeding season - what seems to be a bundle of black feathers, shooting out of the long grass into the air, struggling along a couple of metres and then falling back again.
It is a privilege - to see actually a flying bird and to top it – every single feather’s detail, the bird filling the whole frame. (I can visualise your family despairing about you sitting for hours waiting for the right moment!)
Concerning the “first reasonable shot” of a flying bird , please do not force us lesser members - reading such notes - to commit digital hara-kiri and give up altogether… It is a BEAUTY!
In your interesting notes I did not see mentioned Jackson’s widow bird euplectes jacksoni , which looks remarkably like the Longtailed Widowbird, portrayed by you. N.B.: Neither did I see it in Birds of Southern Africa by Newman!
Sometimes also called a Wydah, it is endangered in its habitat in East Africa. It is thrush-sized and the tail feathers grow up to 20 cm. I remember well, seeing it in one of David Attenborough programs - beating out a circular area - but leaving in the middle some tall grass standing (like a pole). When a female passes - the male throws himself into a bizarre dance - consisting of swaying, hopping and jumping, accompanied by a sizzling song and rattling wing accompaniment. All this is achieved while holding the majority of the tail feathers cocked forward over its back. Once a whole colony got going, was an amazing sight…
May be TN members ought to sponsor you – so that you can stop working – enabling you to photograph full time : ))
Best wishes for good health to you and your family,
- Argus (50614)
- [2009-12-30 4:39]
Must be marvellous to see a male Long-tailed Widowbird, let alone make such a fine capture as this!
The POV is perfect and the BG provides a perfect natural OOF contrast. Of the several shots you might have taken while it was flying by this in-flight capture must be the best choice with the wing position just right to show the orange and white shoulders that contrast strikingly with the black body and enormous veil tail. The composition is perfect too.
A super shot to welcome the New Year and I wish you health and happiness in 2010!
- siggi (52850)
- [2009-12-30 10:39]
That is an excellent in-flight shot on the Long-tailed Widowbird .Light quality is very good. Action is perfectly frozen with nice sharp detail. Plumage looks very good.
Thanks a lot for your kind words which you wrote my 500th posting!
Best regards Siggi
- sranjan (5784)
- [2009-12-30 11:39]
Amazing shot of this bird. Perfect timing, details & composition. I have dedicated an image to Anna & you to mark the grand appearance of 2010. Refer http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo226034.htm
- bedri (1284)
- [2009-12-30 12:28]
Excellent Loot, congratulations and TFS.
Happy new year my friend..
Hi MF Loot,
Magnificent job!! The composition and exposure looks amazingly beautiful and flawless, very well focussed too. It is also very thematic while we leaving the 2009!
I wish you and Anna a happy and healty New Year MF!
All the best!
Ps. Pleasured to know that the codes worked well too.
- Pentaxfriend (8010)
- [2009-12-30 15:38]
Amazing in-flight shot of this beautiful Long-tailed Widowbird
Great details, colors, POV and BG
Happy and Healthy 2010
- goldyrs (11495)
- [2009-12-31 0:25]
An amazing shot, Loot!Very aptly flying into the future!
A very Happy New Year to you and yours!
- roges (6264)
- [2009-12-31 2:48]
And so after a year of work remains and this exceptional image.
And it is like asking what a new year to be in the coming few hours.
I wish to you a new year better than 2009, beautiful pictures and comments pleasant.
I hope that you liked my photos and thank you for your time watching them.
Best thoughts so you and your family as well as a better year in 2010.
I wish you a happy, healthy and successful new year 2010!
- zulfu (43)
- [2009-12-31 6:58]
Hello Loot, great in-flight shot in all aspects.
Thanks for all and i wish you and Anna Happy New Year!
TFS and R's,
- tuslaw (19111)
- [2009-12-31 14:24]
Hello Loot, awesome in-flight capture!!
Wow.. how would you like to lug that thing around with you all day. That tail is gorgeous, but I would imagine it would have to get in the way at times!! Super fine detail, gorgeous colors and perfectly exposed!!
"Happy New Year" to you and Anna.
- jaycee (25460)
- [2009-12-31 15:27]
A beautiful bird which I have not seen before. Fantastic in-flight shot of this beauty. The colors and details are excellent - I love the face and wings. The background matching the colored patch on the wing is marvelous. I wish you and Anna a very healthy and happy New Year. Looking forward to see your 2010 pictures.
- mlines (3116)
- [2009-12-31 23:17]
Hi Zoot, A very fine capture of this very unusual-looking bird. In flight you still managed to get a high quality image, which we all realise is difficult to do well. TFS. Murray.
such an elegance capture of the bird. This shot worth a thousand applause and appreciation. This is what I call beauty in flight. The photographic skills is beyond doubt and I dont want to talk about it to a man who is synonym to the manifestation of wildlife and trek nature.
The prettiness of the subject is the combination of patience too.
I believe this shot ahould be a winning shot that should appear in the best magazine.
Loot, youre such an angel that you allow us to share this view. People would sell it for so much, and can be seen in an exclusive magazine but you allow us to share all over the world.
May God bless You and the new year make you more prosperous in the photo makings.
- MMM (11425)
- [2010-01-01 11:49]
What a great composition and choice of idea to present that in flight capture to pass from one year to the other.Great POV and very sharp image with great colors.I like the OOF BG colors that put the main subject in evidence.
TFS and Happy new year
- Mamagolo2 (3124)
- [2010-01-07 3:27]
Hi there Loot,
I have to congratulate you on this beuatiful photo. To be able to kake a photo of an flying bird is one of my dreams but up to now I've just had a blur!! You've really captured this bird stunningly and I love the colors of the bird in contrast with the background. VWD and thanks for sharing. Hope to see many more of your stunning photo's you took in KNP during your holiday.
- janhendrik (2392)
- [2010-01-08 0:46]
Eerstens 'n baie voorspoedige nuwejaar vir jou en ook vir Anna.
Tweedens baie geluk met hierdie foto. Hierdie skoot het 'n baie hoe moeilikheidsgraad, en ek wens ek het hom geneem. Jy het dit uitstekend gedoen. Jy verstaan jou toerusting baie goed, regte ISO, sluiterspoed en F-Stop. Baie goed gedoen Loot!
- rousettus (19810)
- [2010-01-10 14:39]
I have never seen Euplectes progne in nature, but I know this very beautiful bird from books and documentarty films. you are lucky to see and capture it with a wonderful shot in flight. timing, focus, POV and composition great. colors also splendid. thanks for sharing this beauty.
thanks also for your WS on my previous post.
I wish you and Anna a Happy New Year and wonderful days in 2010. have a nice week
- oscarromulus (42)
- [2010-01-11 9:18]
I always set aside 20/40 minutes to view your posts.
The information is so very detailed.... just shows how much you love this hobby and NATURE itself.
Great way to start 2010 with this:
"We have another chance:-
- To make new resolutions and to try to get it right,
- To spread the love, that is ours to give,
- To make the world a better place to live,
- To rekindle old- or rouse new friendships,
- To apologise to those whom we’ve offended, and
- To forgive those who have done us wrong."
"TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE DONE US WRONG".....I see great humility within your sensitive soul, dear Loot.
If we all looked at life in this fashion there would be WORLD PEACE within weeks.
With repect to your image: OUTSTANDING!!!
Mario with deep respect for your lovely personality.
- rommel (3628)
- [2010-01-16 4:32]
Goei Dag Loot,
Very well captured with the light falling on the head,wing and then more on the lower part of the tail.Immaculate sharpness with striking definition and colours throughout.The light coloured undisturbing BG has also enhanced the subject, well done on another great photo.
PS. Ill try not let the future notes drown!!
- tcr (3338)
- [2010-01-18 8:35]
Very well taken and presented photography. Great composition, timing, focus and BG.
Greetings and TFS.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2010-01-23 22:59]
Hi Loot again.
Superb in-flight shot and wonderful (as usual) note. I am impressed with superb sharpness of the bird which shapes and features are amazing. Great exposure parameters including aperture value and DOF. BG is really superb too. Bravo. Great work.
- jrubiocasado (6074)
- [2010-02-09 0:48]
Very nice fly and bird, is a grea photo.
- peter_stoeckl (11444)
- [2010-12-27 12:12]
excellent in flight capture - my congratulations, that's a hard task to do sucessfully. Showing the widowbird in such a pose you are well demonstrating the incredible inverse ratio between wing space for propulsion and tail wings for impression. A really conspicuous example for the theory of handicap principle in the sexual selection of the fittest.
And a very well composed image, too. Impressingly well reduced to a frame filling, diagonally placed dark main object in front of a perfectly contrasting background of fiery orange.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you!
- Biswarup (6040)
- [2012-07-17 2:35]
Hello My Friend,
This is an amazing shot! How are you?