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What's happening behind me?

What's happening behind me?
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-08
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Pets, Action, Portrait
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55-200 f/4.5-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-17 1:04
Viewed: 1587
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This falcon has a suspected mind and it's asking 'What's happening behind my back!?'
This fine bird was on show on the yearly event in Mtarfa, limits of Rabat, Malta where the Local Falconery Group organize their events. One can see various types of rare birds which belong to the Falcon group.
I opted to that small aperture f5.6 to obtain this marvelous bokeh BG.

PP work: darken color tones, sharpening and crop from bottom.

mesquens1, Ilduca-bianco, mushtaqhussain, asiiromani, jan515, dilshan74, mvdisco, parasbhalla, brech, tnahari, loribird, KurtPop, harpya, gaillarde has marked this note useful
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Bom dia Francis,
Simply amazing that photo for its quality, sharpness and beautiful colors, as well as the proper light. Beautiful POV and shallow DOF and above all by the beautiful Bokeh.
R. :O)

Hi francis
Wonderful shot of this great bird posed so beautifully and you captured so superbly that makes this shot an amazing one..such nice details of her feathers with beautiful shallow depth where the light through the leaves of tree created beautiful texture..
My Best Wishes

Hallo Francis...

Superb POV!!. Chiar ca este o imagine minunata! Ceva deosebit, cu o claritate asa cum ne asteptam de la tine..
Numai bine

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2011-05-17 5:26]

Hello Francis Xavier,
Excellent quality of photography. The design is great here, perfect details and a wonderful image of the falcon on the image. Excellent sharp details.
Best regards.

A spectacular shot! That POV is a stunner with such beautiful shallow Dof, accurate focus and magical bg bokeh! The exposure is well managed and the color is natural with superb sharp feather details captured to perfection...Wel done Sir and TFS!



Hi Francis,
WoW! What a great shot of this falcon,
great sharpness and details of his plumage,
Beautiful light and naturel colors,
a great shot!!
my compliments,

An amazing closeup capture from a lovely Falcon, Francis!

Great details of the textures of its wings and perfect focus on the eye, make this work a superb one.
The sharpness and POV are very well chosen.
A well suited title enhances the overall appeal of the picture too.
Great work!

Thanks and regards,

WOW! Beautiful portrait of a falcon, Francis
Excellent sharp details as well as the bokeh in the BG.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-05-17 7:01]


quel captage de ce rapace par derrière, superbe iamge, le rendu sur le plumage, le bec, quelle image l'oeil vif, fantastique bravo.

Merci et amitié


Hi Francis,
Wonderful details and texture!
Very nice capture of the marvellous bird.

I like your pov on this falcon, they are such a beautiful bird. Details are so crisp and sharp with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Hi Francis
awesome portrait of a majestic bird. unique POV.
perfect close up on feathers and good focus on face. wonderful flamage pattern. the blurry BG enhances the intensity of the Falcon.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2011-05-17 11:48]

HI Francis, perfect portrait of a beautiful falcon. Excellent POV.Very good blurry bg.
Regards Rose

Absolutely spectacular shot Francis. I cannot believe the incredibly sharp detail in the face and the plumage.Fantastic pose and dof. Great blurred bg and a perfect composition. Love it! TFS, Lori

A fantastic POV and shot of this falcon. Stunning clarity and focus. The blurred background really enhances the falcon and bring out his natural colors. Very well done.

Hi Francis...excellent focus and light...very well composed.


Bonjour Francis
Excellent POV mettant en valeur l'attitude du rapace.Beau contraste sur le BG.Bravo!Amicalement.Catherine

Hello Francis,it is often the title that draws me into a shot, it certainly worked here.
The sharp quality is wonderful and contrasts so well with the bokeh.
A good tight crop that presents a half and half composition, well done, I like it a lot.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2011-05-18 19:05]

Ciao Francis

Good portrait quality!
Fine eye contact with the bird, and the pose emphasise
the majestic appearance of the bird...
Good details in the plumage and the colours are well reproduced!


☂ ☁ Sergio ☁ ☂

Hello Francis Xavier,

Capture a macro that offers excellent exception. Beautiful contrast.
Beautiful colors of the plumage on a bokeh that gives strength to this majestic portrait.
Congratulations for this presentation.

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  • cbcs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 115] (1139)
  • [2011-05-22 10:23]

Absolutely amazing Francis, as is your entire gallery.


Francis - cbcs

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