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The careful watch

The careful watch
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-26
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-07-27 1:27
Viewed: 1670
Points: 62
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The careful watch

Went yesterday together with my brother Arie to the Muiderslot (Castle of Muiden). A wonderful piece of ancient architecture in the Netherlands and famous about his history of it’s builder Graaf Floris V van Holland (Count Floris the 5th of Holland).

Besides it was a beautiful, but very hot day, the sky was gorgeous and the sunlight perfect for photography. Anyway except from bricks and stones I also met the falconer Ruben who did a photo shoot with me (see WS). Here you see the Harris Hawk (Woestijnbuizerd in Dutch) with the Castle of Muiden at the background.

Hope you enjoy this view of this beautiful bird.

korbee, Hendrika, norenastramus, cunejo200, milas, ayse51, Beger, Mitra, shelbeesmom, hester, Doudou, kokos101, Silke, Urfaust, wilth, c_rapp, manujmehta, trekks, dareco, Dpbours has marked this note useful
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't is een pracht Hans... geweldig!
Mooi scherp en je laat inderdaad zien dat de vogel helemaal op scherp staat! letterlijk en figuurlijk!

:-) fijne dag vandaag!

Hi Hans,
You have captured the beauty of this Harris Hawk well with good colours and details, the castle in the background makes a great backdrop for this image.
Well done
Regards Andy

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2008-07-27 1:37]

Hi Hans,

Well composed! Details are superv, well managed of lights and very good DOF.


Good morning Hansie

What a magnificent bird! wonderful sharp detail and really excellent colour, good DOF giving a BG softness but we can still see the view. It sounds like you were blessed with the same glorious weather we had here yesterday and this moring is the same. I am off out now on my bike to the country park this morning. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Kind regards Smurfie

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-07-27 2:01]

Vroeger had ik altijd van die Floris en Sindala boeken,deze kan zo op de voorkant Hans!
Ik vind het rondom het Muidersloot een beetje kale bende,met van die vreselijk spotlampen in de gracht eromheen.
Ji weet het gelukkig in een heel mooi vaatje te gieten.

Dat vind ik nou zo vervelend Hans, toen wij gingen was het aan stortregenen. Dus ik heb niet eens het kasteel zo mooi op de achtergrond. Wel met valkenier en leerling gesproken.
Nou ja, jij was weer aan het smelten van de hitte.
Prachtige foto van dit alerte beest op de dikke leren handschoen.


Hoi Hans
This is a gorgeous capture, Excellent composition
and king bird.Well done my friend.TFS

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-07-27 3:00]
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He is a beautiful bird, Mr. GB. I love to watch birds of prey and their amazing flying abilities. I like how you have shown us both the castle and the bird here. Wonderful light on the bird to show his great textures and the eye looking forward is really wonderful. Magnificent.
Warm Regards

Hi Hans,
The falcon looks impressive and strong with those muscular hind legs. Very attractive side profile showing sharp plumage, beak, and eyes. Have a good Sunday. Danilo

Hi Hans,

It reminds me of first moment when I join TL a year ago, when Richard (Kilted Arab) shared his shot of this kind of hawk flying . . since then I keep searching it for learning to shoot, but can't find it . .
Beautiful bird . . strong courage and power . .
Nicely captured with details and sharp . .


Hallo Hans.
Die staat er well heel prachtig op zeg.!
Het is ook een hele mooie Eagle.
Ik heb er een paar, geschoten in Oriental Village met de kleine Canon A460 door Meri, met die Eagle los op mijn arm. Helaas niet echt scherp.
Ik zal Meri vragen of ze er eentje in haar portfolio wil plakken.
Groeten van Jan

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-07-27 6:55]

merhaba Dear Hans...
atmacayı vurdular bir avuç darı için...
Güzel bir konpozisyon, bütün heybetiyle ürkütücü...güzel bir çekim...tebrikler...selamlar..

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-07-27 7:25]

Hi Hans,
what a beautiful shot,what a strong bird.Great composition.Well composed.TFS.Necla.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-07-27 9:37]
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Hi Hans,
Superbe close-up on this majestic bird!
The clarity and details are so fine! Your DOF showing the light blurred background WITH this castle is effective. Perhaps, you could try to make a horizontal flip at the image for a better reading from left to right. What do you think?
Bravo! Annie

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-07-27 9:43]

Great composition, colors, details & sharpness.he castle in the background makes a great backdrop for this image. Well done.

My my what big claws you have my dear! Nice work on this, not crunching the pixels in reduction! Gorgeous bird, excellent details, (teenie dust particle over his head, I forgive!) Nice controlling the sky again! He really is intense, you caught him perfectly!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2008-07-27 10:48]

Hi Hans

It looks like you have stepped back in time. Excellent framing with the bird in the FG and the interesting castle in the BG. Beautiful sharp details on the bird as well



hello hans!
excellent shot, very sharp and great DOF.
i like it.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-07-27 12:49]

With the castle as backdrop, this becomes a truly classic shot!
Superb colours and details, perfect PoV
Awesome posting

wooow what a proud expression, Hans
the pose is really firm and cool!! excellent all.. focus, colours and details! many thanks
ciao Marco

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-07-27 15:23]

Great capture; I like they way you positioned him to camera left and he's leaning in that direction as well, gives a real feel to the tension in his intense look.
Great sharpness and color, and the castle in the background along with the handlers leathers give an olden feel as well.
Good job, thanks for sharing,

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-07-27 15:29]

A beautiful birds it is.. were you able to hold it as well? This is beautiful the blurred castle in the bg gives an almost medieval feel. TFs

hello Hans
how are you?
nice details, lighting and the sharpness.
good defused background.
i have one openion, i would love to have some more leading space (looking room) provided here. what you say.
rest is all fine with me. a great capture.

Manuj Mehta

Bonjour Hans,

Joli cliché de cet aigle prêt à s'envoler, avec le château au fond, cela nous donne une ambiance très moyenne âgeuse!!!
Couleurs, détails, lumière tout est parfait
Odile :)

Mooi plaatje met een zeer goede DOF, Hans.
Prachtige achtergrond.

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-28 9:21]

Dear Hans,
Extraordinary picture.
Have a wonderful week

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-07-28 15:27]
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Hi Hans,this guy looks like he's built for speed,I can see why his handler requires the protective glove,those are some talons.Is your DOF due to the camera settings of Gausian blur?
I like the close up & the sharp details,beautiful bird.


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-07-29 17:49]

hello Hans

A very close up capture of this bird with fine sharpness and color to show its front view. A symbolic bird that is used by a president of a country.

Every time I see a falcon, I am remined of the image of the bird in the Arab world where it is treated as king.

A fine post. tfs


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-07-30 3:54]

I would just love one of these as a pet :) Very beautiful!! An excellent pose with good lighting and color. Well done! Thanks!

Hi Hans,

Hoe verschillend kan een naam zijn in het Engels en het Nederlands?! Harris Hawk en Woestijnbuizerd. Die link had ik toch niet gelegd ;-).
Prachtige foto met het slot op de achtergrond en ook een mooie workshop waarop je de band tussen baas en dier ziet. Mooi!

Groeten, Dennis

Deze wou ik al lang eens bekijken !
Vind ik echt mooi.
Mooie DOF en compositie.
Wat me ook aantrekt is dat contrast in kleur :
voorgrond " vol ", achtergrond veel zachter.
En nu op zoek naar die jonkvrouwe die daar dartel rondhupst ... :-)

Mooi resultaat Hans


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  • Migelo (34)
  • [2009-06-10 11:40]

A beautiful bird and an excellent shot. It would be nice to see it in flight or with the eyes looking into the camera, but this shot is great anyways and very good depth of field and focus. It is sharp and good colors. The castle in the background makes it a near perfect shot.
TFS and take care, Migelo

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