Open mouth in open beak

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Category: Wildlife

Author: Shalamaev Ilia

Gallery: Birds & Wildlife

Published:
Monday 19th of December 2005 04:58:56 PM

Comments

Richard Wingard Sr.
Very Nice! 7's in my book

Saleem Khawar
Stunning Excellent work, my friend!!!!!!!

Bee Jay
fish very very impresed image..(one side happy another side fear).....you catch the mood of the fish& bird. regards jaya

Lee Jianmin
7/7 This is the best catch i ever saw.

Miguel Angel de Arriba Cuadrado
7/7 Excellent!!

George Bruckner
Nice capture, well seen and presented.

Harry Eggens
Great Ilia To see them both with ther mouth wide open makes the shot for me and together with the excellent composition and most wonderful details and colors, I only can rate this very beautiful image with a 7/7. Best regards, Harry

Lawrence West
ausgezeichnet!

Javed Chawla
wao It is really awasome image with rich colors,great composition and timings.congratulations in deed

Benoit Henry
Bravo !! Je suis 魵 devant une telle photo !! incroyable travaille !!

Denis Lauzon
Wonderfull shot, timing timing..Colors and details of the wing, Bravo

Hector Brandan
7/7 Excellent capture Ilia, congratulations, Best regards,

See-Lim Lim
Great catch! I'm sure the kingfisher felt the same way.

Qingfang Shi
I love it! It's so cute!

Julio Segura Carmona
7/7 Super magnifica, belleza de encuadre y perfecto color y composicion, un cordial saludo ILIA.

Allon Kira
Excellent work, my friend!!!!!!!

Wayne Willis
double whammy here, all elements considered you have transformed just a picture to something extraordinary. well done

Cavagna Ottavio
si !!!! fantastica !!!! comlimenti

Michel Bordeleau
Terrific shot. Congratulations. 7-7

Terry Longley
Impressive Excellent capture Ilia, a very well captured moment. Regards Terry.

Matt B
Crtitque VERY good, I like it, Esp. the open fish mouth. P.S. NOM NOM NOM

Justin Smith
Wow, great! Great photo! The DOF is spot on, colors are beautiful, the negative space compliments the image well and the timing is spectacular!

tian taiquan
This is the end of life the moment!

Ann Dream
comment great work..good idea..very emotional

Piotr Wrzosek

Excellent!

Geoff Smith
Incredible

I don't believe that this image could be improved in any way.  This has to be the most outstanding shot of a Kingfisher I have ever seen.  Absolutely outstanding. 

Patrick Hudepohl
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev This image has been selected for discussion. It is not necessarily the "best" picture the Elves have seen this week, nor is it a contest. It is simply an image that the Elves found interesting and worthy of discussion. Discussion of photo.net policy, including the choice of Photograph of the Week should not take place here, but in the Site Feedback forum.

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Bill Fouche
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Exciting moment, beautiful colors and light, perfectly captured. Congrats, Ilia. I think this photo makes a good point about composition. The point of highest contrast in the image is the branch that juts out at us near the bottom of the photo. It keeps drawing my eyes like a magnet. I wonder whether someone with PHotoshop skills better than mine could reduce the contrast in that area of the image, thereby turning a great image into a "perfect" one. Still, it's superb, as is.

Robert DeCandido
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Hi, Nice photo! This is a female Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). This species can be found from western Europe east through SE Asia (including Borneo). It is a migrant from parts of Europe through the Middle East (to Africa), and probably from parts of Asia to southern Asia. I have photographed them in Israel and Borneo, and seen them in mainalnd Malaysia as well. It is a female because the lower mandible (beak) is partially orange/red. Males have all dark beaks. Apologies, I cannot be of much help with the ID of the fish. rdc/nyc

Marc Adamus
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Stunning capture. It does not get better than this. This is the rare and elusive perfect shot. Congrats!

Cory Wayne
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Nice shot, what lense did you use?

Alex Prudente
Perfect. I agree, I can't imagine how this capture could get any better. It's like you paid the bird and had him over for an one-hour modelling session...

Edward Horn
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev OK, let's ask the $64,000 question: Is This A Composite?

Landrum Kelly
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev This is a great capture, with the DOF being just right to capture the action. The subjects are tack sharp. What a great body of work! Unfortunately, I'm identifying with the little fish right now. --Lannie

Bill Tate
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev I too, would like to hear more details about the lens, camera, f-stop and distance from the subject. A truly wonderful piece of work. The nearby branch is out of focus which to me indicates a very narrow range of focus as the bird is sharp as a tack. Lovely background blur. Action shot with no movement. Great!

Landrum Kelly
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev The technical details can be found by clicking on "Details" under the photo. Many more shots are viewable on Ilia's website. --Lannie

Landrum Kelly
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Bill, I just noticed that "you can't get there from here." Click on the Photo.net icon to bring you back to the main page, and then click on the picture there to be able to view the options. --Lannie

Julie Styles
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev As with the fish-dish a couple of weeks ago, there's a great crop in this ;) . Superb shot.

Julie Styles
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev In response to Edward Horn's question, check the top rated photos list, where a remarkably similar shot is currently 7th. Different bird, different fish, different photographer. My guess is the "unmanipulated" box is not checked here because some distracting background was cloned.

MUHARREM TEKIN
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Great picture, Although I have a feeling that the little fish is crying after mam.... Congrats !! regards M.Tekin

Ilia Shalamaev
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Good evening and happy holidays to everybody! Thank you for all your critiques and kind words. For Edward Horn: I have to point out that this is not a composite or photo-montage or anything of the sort. For Julie Styles: No blur of background was made in this photo. The only thing done on the photo is Horizontal to vertical crop. Dr. Robert DeCandido Thanks for the information about the species, it was right on the spot! Some details about the capture: I was in a hide with the camera, monopod, lots of water and patience. The branch was placed there before, in exact place I wanted the bird to be, 4 meters in front of my tent. I have a lot of photos of three speaces of kingfishers on my site I made with the same technique, but in this one everything came together just right - the angle of the bird, the fish and etc. Thanks again and happy holidays!

Bill Atwood
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Hate to be the only detractor, this is a nice photo, but it cries out for better light. Bet the minnow didn't think it was a great shot either!

Kim Slonaker
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev The look of surprise on the fish is priceless! I'd be very happy to have this shot in my portfolio. Your patience was well-rewarded.

Bill Foster
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev This picture in combination with the photo that Julie Styles referred us to really illustrates how thin the line is between very good and perfect. The other shot - to me - is just a very good shot of a bird. This is something a bit more special. What makes it for me is that the bird and the fish are perfectly perpendicular. The bird is completely in profile (rare enough) and the fish is at a 90 degree angle. What are the odds of seeing that? And with the fish's mouth open like that? I'd have been so excited I'd probably have dropped my camera in the water. Congrats on recognizing a perfect moment and being skilled enough to capture it. I do agree though that the out of focus branch in the foregrounbd is distracting. Anyway, great shot.

Edward Horn
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Looking at it closely, I'm convinced that it is NOT a composite. Good stuff.

Helmut Schoenleber
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Some people always have to nag. There is nothing wrong with the out-of-focus branch, and there is nothing wrong with the light. All is supposed to be this way, and its perfect. Accept it!

Julie Styles
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev I thought I would respond to "perfect". First I have to say that if I had taken this shot I would think myself a total star, and like Bill F, I would have been beside myself with excitement. And yet, since we're here to critique... I think Bill A made a valid point. I don't mind the branch, and the feet and tail feathers and lower wings are just stunningly gorgeous, but the bird's head is the least vibrant part of the whole photo, which I think somewhat detracts from the image as a whole. As already pointed out by Bill F and the choice of title, the strength of the image is in the mirroring of expressions and the orthogonal alignment of their faces. Yet the face of the bird is one of the weaker parts of the image as presented. I think this could be rectified to a large extent in post-processing... or of course cropping out the bird also works :)

Henrik Nilsson
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Crop out the bird??? You've got to be kidding, right? Oh I get it, that was sarcasm. And really, who gives a rat's backside if the branch is out of focus. For me it made the shot more three dimensional.

Sarah Pasha
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Excellent photo and great timing. A priceless photo.

Greg S
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev The detail and color are truly excellent, light is just fine, and the fish is so perfect (kinda feel sorry for it, what an 'expression'). Very good bird photography indeed! Cheers, -Greg-

andrea gerosa
Perfect I really like the analogy between the open mouth of the fish and the open mouth of the bird, obviously with different reasons. Everything else in this picture is just perfect.

Ilia Shalamaev
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Hi everybody and thanks again I forgot to mention that the image was made in RAW format and I selectively improved the light with Shadow recovery tool in PS. Bill Atwood and Julie Styles have a point, the light is not perfect and I took photos with a better light, but I dont think that it is so bad on the other hand. Bill Foster and Bill Fouche are mentioned that the branch is not in DOF range and a bit distracting, that right and I wish the brach was like in my other photo here: http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3950369 But as I said we cant get all in one! Thanks for looking

Bill Foster
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Helmut, I don't think anybody here is "nagging." It's called a critique forum, not a kiss the photographer's butt forum. This is a great, great photograph and I rated it a 6/7, which places it somewhere in the top 50 of all photos I've rate. BTW, I would rate about ... um .... one of my pictures that highly. I respect Ilia and think that this is a remarkable picture but, we are here to discuss how it could be better. If we all just wrote, "this is perfect," it would be a pretty boring discussion, wouldn't it? Even Ilia admits that the light could have been better. Compare the light in the other kingfisher pic Ilia mentioned to this one. There is a qualitative difference. It's not the photographer's fault. You do what you can with what you have and Ilia did a great job here. RAW processing and the shadow/highlight tool can do some remarkable things, but the light does make the colors less vibrant and it is unfortunate that the head is the least vibrant part. The branch IS out of focus and, although I'm not an art director, I imagine that would be an issue for some editors who wished to publish this. If I were running a nature magazine, I'd certainly publish this, but I might look for a way to put a caption over the branch. With the color losing vibrancy as you go up, and the branch being at the bottom, the two together kind of pull you away from the head of the fish. If the photo were perfect, you would be drawn there. This is a very, very good piture and the photographer should be very, very happy. I know I would be. But, it's not perfect.

Sean Crane
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev The head of the bird being less vibrant actually helps the photo for me. It draws my attention from the branch up past the bird to the fish ラ the fish being more vibrant than the bird's head and being the hero of the shot. In that way it sort of accomplishes what the person who cropped out the bird did without cropping out the bird. The only thing I would do is lessen the heat on the branch a little. Great shot.

Jack Blake
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev this is simple for me. It was a quite mundane shot of a bird.. crop, color, all nice ... detail really good, but we see shots like this all the time... but then I clicked on it and saw the expression on the fish's face. and I laughed! THAT's what makes the shot! and it's great. "OOOHHH NOOOOO!!" said the fish. ;o)

Guy Scrivner
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev I am not a nature photographer and I would not recognize a Kingfisher if it jumped out and bit me on my nose. I do, however, understand the patience that it takes, or the serendipity, to capture a great shot like this.

If this is not a composite, and he says it is not, then this photographer deserves all the praise he gets. I hate to be a sceptic but on his website he has captured this same bird, on this same branch, with a fish in its mouth no less than six different times. I would love to here what other nature photographers would have to say about the odds of this happening.

Regardless, it is an image worthy of praise.

Ilia Shalamaev
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Dear Guy Scrivner You have a small faith ah? Its OK so am I. Do you really think I have JUST 6 similar photos?? I have hundreds of them on this branch! And more then 5 Gigabayts of kingfishers photos all together. To make you shure I am attached gif animation I made with 12 combined photos of kingfisher preparing his diner (there was 15 photos by I had deleted 3 long time ago), all 15 I took in 30 seconds thanks to burst capabilities of my poor old camera. Thanks for looking and good evening!

Richard Watts
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Earlier in the discussion Ilia described his method thus - "I was in a hide with the camera, monopod, lots of water and patience. The branch was placed there before, in exact place I wanted the bird to be." What we are seeing is the difference between good fortune and good planning. I have never played golf but was it Arnold Palmer who said "people call me the luckiest golfer alive. Funny thing is the harder I practise the luckier I get"? Seems relevant here too.

Amran Noordin
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev I find it strange that there are those who question someone's ability to successfully capture many shots of a kingfisher. Sounds like someone who doesn't believe that carrots can be chopped at high speed manually with a knife because he himself is unable to do so :) Well done, Ilia.

Guy Scrivner
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Ilia: You have been to kind to me. I thank you for your patience and your thoughtful explination. I said before, I am not a nature photographer and now I know why. Much to much patience would be required to capture the shot...and then to deal with those with lessor skills like me. I bow to you and beg your forgiveness for my doubt. I look forward to seeing more of your work and I have rated this picture a 7/7. Congratulation on POW. Richard: Would it surprise you if I said I was not very good at golf either? Amran: I tried that once and cut my finger. To all: You have given me a new appreciation for nature shots that I did not have before. Thanks. In the future I will try not to be so skeptical.

Patricio Murphy
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Amazing shot! Seems shot by the Elliot Erwitt of birds, if you get what I mean, a good shot that can actually make you laugh. As someone who spends some time trying to get good shots of birds, I highlight the patience it takes to just get close to this kind of pictures, let alone getting so many of'em... Great work.

Richard Watts
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Guy - you are not the only one, we all do it now. This seems to be a good time to refer to a discussion between myself and Don Guindon of one of Josephine Chervinska's photographs. Although very few photographers are outright dishonest, many have been known to utilise vagueness at one time or another. As a result, instead of being in awe of extraordinary photographs of the natural world that appear to represent photojournalism, we are skeptical first.

Richard Horton
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Wonderful Picture.... doesn't that fish though just look like it's going OH *****!!!! :)

Bernard Steele
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Richard Watts: To clarify - It was in fact South African golfer Gary Player who said "The more I practise the luckier I get." To the phototgrapher - What a great shot! Having tried to get similar I can appreciate the patience and precision it must have taken to get such a shot. The head being a bit dull is not a problem - the eye follows from the head to the beak to the fish- in no way does it detract from the photo. The out of focus branch is debatably off-putting, it isn't for me and I would presume getting the DOF right to put it in focus might have caused other problems. Maybe in a laboratory with a stuffed bird one would have the time to get every single aspect of the photo clinically correct - in the real world with a skittish bird it would be most challenging. Great Work!

Marc G.
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev This is a truly unique photograph. A picture you should truly consider sending to major wildlife competitions, Ilia, and I'm almost certain you'd have nice surprises. All the criticism I read on this page is, this time, completely missplaced in my opinion. If a viewer can't fully appreciate the priceless capture this picture represents, or if a viewer wishes to concentrate on "optimal" lighting and other details, my honest belief is that this viewer needs to learn or re-learn how to appreciate the value of so-called "perfection" versus the value of a truly original capture. This is perhaps the neatest and most original bird shot I've seen on this site so far. I truly hope the photographer won't let this one sleep in a drawer... Congrats !

Serhiy Pylawka
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Excellent technique. Planning and patience are great virtues of a photographer. If I had those, I will be a world renowned photographer. I am not, yet. And I take photographs of the things that do not move. Keep shooting. Congratulations.

Jamison Moon
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev You've caught the moment that can't be reproduced. That is why it is an ART.

Piotr Smolarek
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Very well done! I know how difficult it is to capture Kingfischer, it needs to be very patient! Excellent!!!!!! Piotr

G .
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Sorry for the late response Ilia, but I must congratulate you on one of the most outstanding nature shots I ever had the priviledge to enjoy. I didn't read the thread above, and my comment will only state the obvious, but the kingfisher is such a special bird to capture, and the fish with the wonderful angle and expression with mouth open, also leave me open-mouthed ... Totally inspirational and exceptionally well-captured photograph. I am in awe. How much is an original print?

Noel Gn
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Terrific timing! The interval between this moment and the time the fish is swallowed whole is extremely short. Some may call it luck but it does not detract from the skill of Ilia. This just shows what dedication can give you.

Ryan Brooks
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Thank goodness for an actual photograph this week! Well done.

Brian Carter
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev I second Marc G. above. Put this baby out there! A++

Brian Carter
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Although I would think it perfectly acceptable to knock down the values on that branch...

italo setti
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev excelent !!! i love it !!!!

Leslie Koller
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev By far the greatest bird photo I have ever seen!

Darren Osgood
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev You can't help but enjoy the paradox here. Two open mouths conveying two different feelings. The color and detail is superb! I have tried shooting kingfishers before and they rate as one of the most skittish birds I've ever sought. Speeding bullets is what I call them. Makes this image all the more special. Stunning image Ilia!

Omar Brännström
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Hi Really great photo! Best regards from Sweden Omar Br䮮str�m http://www.pbase.com/omar_brannstrom

Alex Lazen
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev WOW !!!!!!!!!!!

George Chew
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Greetings, With such perfect technique and perfect timing. What more can we ask? Perfect in everything.

David Ryan
Technical Expertise Meets a Lucky Moment Bravo! Many of us would not have the technical mastery to have produce such an arresting image - even if presented with the perfect moment of the fish and the bird in just the right positions.

Mehmet Goren
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev amongs one of the best KF photos!

Keith Burtonwood
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev A friend sent me the link to your image as I am particularly fond of photographing and filming the European Kingfisher. I thnk your image is one of the most evocative ones of a Kingfisher I have ever seen - it is simply superb! I know many professional wildlife photographers who would love a shot as good as yours. If you would like to see a video clipof a feeding Kingfisher,taken in Derbyshire, England then go to www.clickonthewildside.moonfruit.com - DVD clips in menu. Regards, Keith Burtonwood

Jon E (MN)
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev A very beautiful picture indeed! Someone else pointed me to this photo to compare situations, but yours is more beautiful: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/gallery/image.jsp?image=3507

Agustin David
Response to Open mouth in open beak by Ilia Shalamaev Simply PERFECT... Compo, colour, texture, subject, moment... everything is perfectly captured. Congratulations. Regards. Agus.

Ilia Shalamaev
Open mouth in open beak Its one of my favored, the look of two of them straith to the lense makes its to me, Happy to hear your opinion and your critique!

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