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The eye...a gauntlet for Smurfie

The eye...a gauntlet for Smurfie
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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/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-07-29 0:26
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The eye ... a Gauntlet for Smurfie

Little bit cheating Smurfie who’s always busy with keeping TL members busy with here theme’s. It sometimes drives me crazy finding an appropriate picture for the theme chosen by her.
Here you see the eye of the Harris Hawk at the Muiderslot. The beautiful bird has a sharp eye so the metaphor here is: watch Smurfie closely! In the WS you see another “eye’s view” of the Hawk.

PP work: Adjusted brightness and saturation (minor), cropped resized and sharpened.

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-07-29 0:31]

Die kan men onder de vliegtuigen
rekenen! Prachtig detail!

i can see that, Hans.. very sharp on they eyes and can see the little hairy things near the nose and beak.. excellent potrait shot of this hawk.. what a beauty..

regards, terry

hello Hans
how are you?

haha haha, is Helen as sharp as as this Hawk's beak or eyes?
another sharp shot for your lens.
very fine closeup
nice details
it can not be more sharp and clear, A shot pefect fopr National Geographic Magazine.
thanks for sharing.
MAnuj Mehta

Good morning Hans

What a magnificent portrait, almost regal the way he is posing there, superb sharp detail and good strong colour, nice close crop too. I love these birds of prey and this is a fine example.

TFS kind regards Smurfie

P.S. I posted my "eye" shot, I went for something thats a totally different style for me, please let me know the gauntlet title for tomorrow and for Wednesday as Thursday I have to post my Theme image.

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  • mieky Gold Star Critiquer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 3] (112)
  • [2008-07-29 0:53]

Wauw Hans.
Wat een prachtige foto!

Hey Hans

amazing sharp pic...with good focusing...
very well capture...


Wow! . .

This is a perfect shot . .
Great sharpness on the eye . . and fine details of the feathers . .
I like it . .


Hi Hans,

Hahaha, grappig om de wisselwerkin tussen jou en Smurfie te zien. Het oog van de naald is een grappige reactie op deze prachtige vogel. Leuke serie ontstaat er op deze manier!


heej.. ik ziet een kerel in dat oog! hahahahahah
een kerel met een camera!

Prachtig hoor! mooie kleuren en scherpte!


Pretty capture,Highly sharpness through the eye made this scene so strong for this title,Love the clarity of color and light that came with very good bokeh too.Good work,TFS.

Hallo Hans,
this one looks so real that I was afraid it would jump right out of my sceen. The full picture looks even greater. TFS THomas

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  • DzULA Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 62 W: 19 N: 17] (1362)
  • [2008-07-29 2:16]

Great photo Hans, very interesting eagle, very good close up and details, I have similar bird in my collection ;-)


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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-07-29 2:34]

A great close-up of this wonderful bird , MR .GB. Can I see the refection of you in the eye? Stunning detail and colour. A truly excellent capture. Magnificent.
Warm Regards

Hoi Hans.
Ja, zo scherp als zijn snavel.
Perfecte close up, evenals de andere in the ws.

I'm loving the WAR between you and Smurfie! Nice details Hans! My first thought was "majestic"! A little OE on the beak, must be that N*K*N (LOL!)...as it's just a cheap imitation of C*N*N! I'll forgive the OE, because I know you were only focusing on not getting your nose bit off by this majestic bird!!

hello hans!
excellent sharpness and great portrait of this beauty, i like it.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-07-29 6:05]

What a gorgeous portrait, superb sharp detail and good strong colour, nice close crop too. Well done Hans.

Hello Hans
This is an amazing shot.What a close-up!Stunning colours and details.
Wonderful bird.Well done my friend.
Friendly greetings

Wow, amazing how tight this is Hans.
I love the focus and aperture setting in this shot.
Not sure what else to say, it's a masteful shot.
Well done.
- Vincent

Bonjour Hans
C'est net là où il faut et surtout les yeux.Un gros plan sur la tête du rapace bien cadrée dans le format d'image choisi.
Bonne journée.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-07-29 8:51]

Merhaba Dear Hans...
çok güzel bir macro...super...selamlar

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-29 9:10]

Dear Hans,

Simply Beautiful capture.
Friendly Greetings

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-07-29 10:18]

Gorgeous details and a stunning pov. Truly a wonderful capture. TFS

Hi Hans,
Great portrait of this beauty, the sharpness and colours are perfect with a good DOF.
Well done my friend
Regards Andy

P.S it will soon be beer 'o' clock.

Very well captured Hans, good catch light in the eye, nicely composed and excellent colour and detail. TFS,

Great close up of a beautiful looking bird - pin sharp details and vivid colours. With a beak that sharp I admire the bravery of you to get close to take the shot!
Thanks for sharing

Hello dear Hansie :)


No other words, all my compliments ... a professionnal capture :)
Marylou :)

In my fav' !

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-07-29 16:50]

Very fine crisp details, and amazing that you could get so close!
Superb composition

Hehe Fons zijn commentaar is hilarisch.
Soit, knappe compo, zeer scherp. Fijne foto al lijkt hij wat triest te kijken.

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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 22:24]

hi Hans

The hawk's eye is as sharp as can be and its prey always never escapes the eye's instinct hunt. The power of its wings and the claws strong grip. That is not all...the pointed sharp beak, as shown so sharply and colorfully in your capture here. A fine post.

tfs, bill

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-07-30 6:12]

Hallo Hans
Een heel mooi portret Hans.
Technisch perfect.
Gr Jos

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-07-30 11:52]

Wauw Hans zo dichtbij,ik hoop dat je ogen ernog inzitten.

Hi Hans,
Very very good.Cogratulation.
Best regards,

Heel erg mooi Hansie, his big beautiful eye scanning the horizons and the castle as a BG.

Just perfect!


Hi Hans,

Great capture.
I love the close up, and the way it presents itself here, as if it was posing for the camera.

What a proud eagle.


Hello Hans, this is such a wonderful shot, complemented by the alternative in the WS.
Excellent sharp quality.
All the feathers and hairs near its beak are so clear.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi Hans
Wow! . .
This is a perfect shot . .
Great sharpness on the eye . .



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