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2009 Personal Favorite - Relax

2009 Personal Favorite - Relax
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-20
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G, 67mm Hoya Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 5:02
Viewed: 1112
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I’m not able to post the photo that I truly consider my favorite of 2009, because it is a group shot and I’m not sure everyone would agree to have their image posted here. In lieu of that, I’m choosing one from my favorite genre of wildlife/nature photography and hope that it is acceptable for the theme. This is the same hawk that I posted earlier, but a different photo. Here, he is at rest as can be seen by his retracted claw.

PP work: Crop, curves and USM.

Hope everyone is feeling well today. Have a nice weekend.

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hi very well shot from a very nice POV.great details.lovely composition.tfs

Wonderful capture and lovely favorite!
Have a great 2010!

Hi Werner,

You really do good at avoiding OE. Did you set the ISO at 400? Will a higher ISO also impact the speed 1/640?

The focus is awesome! Looks like you made a good curve adjustment. Did you think about cropping more on one side?

I hope you have a great day!


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-01-01 7:45]


encor un fantastique captage de cet oiseu, avec son oeil rouge vif, il est à l'affût cahcé dans ces branches, grandiose.

Très belle année 2010 e tmaitié


Hi Werner - Excellent nature shot! Even though it's winter and cold there, you still have a lot of birds!
Happy New Year!

  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2010-01-01 8:21]

Hi Werner,
A fine shot of the bird. I like your POV. Clear
sharp details. Sorry, I am out of smileys today.
Happy new year. Have a great 2010.

Bonjour Werner
Très belle photo animalière dans ce beau cadre hivernal!

Hi Werner ,

Bravo...Werner ...with so meaningful RELAX theme,your shot is perfect with your theme,the pic is as sharp as his eyes are........,beautifully captured with great composition,good color and saturation with right POV my dear friend.

Have a nice w/e,
Mushtaq Hussain

Hi Werner,

This is simply a great closeup capture from this lovely bird with perfect details!
The eye is the best part of the picture, shown with outstanding clarity. The colors are well shown and completely natural. The pOV and sharpness are very well done too.

A great composition to enjoy!

best regards,

Hi Werner...:)

Perfect choice for PF shot 2009 which is mentioned that you are more favorite on wildlife/nature photography. i do agree with this one.
Well exposed and the contrast is wonderful. Another good wildlife shot here.
Well done.

Have a WE to you too.


Hi Werner...nice shot...well composed..excellent details and tones.


Hawk eyed! Now I know where they get that expression. Seriously that bird has intense eyes. It is naturally framed well, there is good exposure management. Happy New Year Werner.

Buen momento captado con mucha naturalidad excelente color y detalle sobretodo del ojo de intenso color naranja buen detalle y luz

buen trabajo
un saludo
buen año

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-01-02 10:30]

Hello Werner.

This beautiful bird's splendid formulation.
Excellent realization...colours, light and sharpness.

My best wishes.

Olá Wener,
There are of course many reasons here for this painting was chosen as a favorite. One is the sharpness, another the beauty of the composition.
All the best,

Ciao Werner

Congratulations for the beautiful shot of 2009,
certainly is a fine example of bird,
a photograph clean, crisp and his plumage
is fantastic with beautiful light!
The snow on the branch of the tree adds a fine detail.
Splendid image contrast.
Nice composition, good depth and perspective.


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