Published: Saturday 9th of September 2006 01:30:55 PM
thank you , shot with a digital camaerea 1d mk2
there is ewery word to spare.7/7
sick...just sick... miguel, 8 day sin a blind. very patient. i would give anything to be able to devote that much time to my lifelong dream and pation... wildlife photography. well done on this shot. after getting this shot i can picture you going nuts in your blind like you just won the super bowl! L.O.L.!!
EXCEPCIONAL Hay una palabra para definir esta foto Miguel: EXCEPCIONAL!
Simply fantastic! Exccellent clarity...great action!
No estoy de acuerdo con el amigo GONZALO seguro que tu si superas este trabajo , como todas una gran captura , saludos
Spectacular Awesome shot. Way to capture a decisive momment. Cheers!
Absolutely yes!!!! I think when you got it, you have said yes, yes, yes... like Valentino Rossi this Sunday. Great timing, composition and sharpness of your best eagle shot!!! Thank you to submit such images!! Luca
Miguel Congrats on the awesome capture here. I have to get out more.
Knows What It Wants! Simply an awesome shot. Your guidance told you when to fire off the shutter and you listened. Great job. Galo
7/7 A classic. Congratulations. Regards, Neil
WOW! I'm lost for words. The first thing that came out of my mouth was "Damn" thats a hell of a shot. 7/7
Uno mas alucinado con esta espectacular imagen Miguel....Saludos
Perfect Miguel, this is inspiring, this is excellence, this is photography at its best and your effort is clearly shown here, well rewarded 8 days...wow... 7/7
Wonderful A stunning action shot. Perfect one more time, I'm running out of adjectives...
one can only scream out loud, " WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW ! ". magical brillaince & artistic impact on this one. regards!
10/10 very nice~~~~~~~~~
Excellent Amazing photo. Congratulations.
Superb! This is simply of the greatest pictures I have ever seen. Congrats, well worth the wait!
7/7 Miguel it is the best shot in last time, best regards.
7/7 A truly great catch and capture.
7/7 Awesome photo!
Miguel Fantastic capture! Well done! Cheers, Iren
7/7 Me quedo sin palabras al contemplar esta imagen. Fantastica captura captando la imagen en el instante preciso con una nitidez y una limpieza asombrosas. Una maravilla, enhorabuena.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time!! Bravo!
Raising the bar again! Yes low rates on good pics , needs to be delt with , Ive had my fair share of them, I dont think it looks good for anyone to have a shot with low ratings on them , when they are 6 or 7 in quality. They should be removed by a moderator. Congrats on a Masterpiece Miguel! Robert
Miguel, your passion for the photography of avian species shows through in every aspect of this image. In fact, this is one of the very best images I've ever seen, in any genre of photography. This is a capture of nature and the cycle of life as telling as any I've ever layed eyes on. There is no one I've ever known or ever heard of that works harder to capture birds of all kinds at the perfect moment like you do, and you are rewarded time and time again with world-class exceptional images that define your subjects. This is surely one of the best avian images ever captured, as are several in your vast portfolios. It is absolutely flawless. I can't understand why you would subject the image to silly, meaningless numeric ratings when you, I and everyone who sees this masterpeice knows already how good it is. Anyone who could rate this as average, is suffering from incredible jealosy and acting selfishly and immaturely. So, congrats on another fabulous addition to what I already consider my favorite avian collection. Best wishes in the pursuit of nature and the decisive moment. Marc
Kah Kit Yoong
On further inspection I can see one fault, the blown highlights on the left side of the bird and fish. Doesn't change the original rating of 7/7 though but nobody else has been able to point out any negatives.
This is a great nature photo. Could you provide some additional information how did you managed to get this shot? Is this a natural thing, these birds catch their food this way? Or was that a dead fish floating on the water?
Stunning This is jaw dropping fabulous!! Unbelievable!!!
John Paul C
4/4 Well done Miguel. I hope you are very happy with this photo. The sharpness and timing leave nothing to be desired. Your finger, equipment and eyes complement eachother well. I can't belive someone gave you 4/4 for this shot. They must have been nude fans. Ah well, I give you 7/7. I would however, love to have seen the full span of the wings. That's not reason enough for me to deduct anything from the 7/7 though. Thanks for sharing.
This is a exceptional photograph with beautiful full-color, and fantastic sharpness, with perceptibly in stop action. Congratulations!
the 4/4 rating is ridiculous... 7/7
WOW! Absolute Perfection ... 10/10 Miguel: It does not get much better than this. Absolutely amazing capture! This has a 3D effect as well. Ditto to what Marc Adamus stated as well. An award winning image.
What timing this must have taken......Jim
Wow!! This is an amazing shot. Best pic Ive seen in a long time. So much action. Crisp, clear, great light...Wow!
Thanks First of all, thanks for sharing this with us.... I can t believe someome would give a 5 or even a 6 to this photo. I also can t immagine how long you must have been waiting and working to get shoots like this one. It s breathtaking on every aspect. A true masterpiece in nature photography Thank you
Felicitaciones Miguel. Es la mejor foto, en todos los sentidos, que he visto en mucho tiempo, como seguidor de tu increiblente buen trabajo creo que con esta foto ya es imposible superarlo, Saludos
Straordinario complimenti un altro capolavoro bravo
In a word... WOW!
I don't usually comment even on good avian shots, but as others have said, this is pretty phenomenal! Congratulations!
Amazing capture, Miguel. Simply perfect! Regards 7/7
Dude that is one of the best nature shots I have ever seen! You should submit to National Geographic. This must have been shot with a film camera, Yes? Cheers
Stunning shot! Good colours, focus, and exactly the right moment. It is great work. Best regards! Torfinn
Fenomenale!! Miguel sei un campione, ciao Giangiorgio
Ali Soltani Farani
WOW! brilliant. Great colors. perfect lighting.
wow stunning shot miguel, i love the sharpness on the bird, bravo, regards, RK!
Non 蠩l mio genere fotografico, seguo spesso comunque i tuoi lavori, il limite e' nel 7, ci fossero ancora 8o9 punti!!!!!! Ciao Matteo
Wendy de Kok
Great action shot with perfect details!
Now that's beautiful action and drama. Spectacular nature photo.
This is a million dollar caprure. Congrats.
Lennart. K.V. Bardal.
A Fantastic photo.7/7
Unreal Best photo ever Miguel!
PERFECT 7/7. Regards, Kelvin.
can I give you 8/8?
The Best I'm a huge fan of 'birds in flight' shots, and I've looked at thousand's of them over the last several years. I have to say, Miguel Lasa is The Best. Peace, Bob
Kah Kit Yoong
I can't think of any superlatives which do justice to this story. Just take my 7/7
11.11 I'm lost for words. The first thing that came out of my mouth was "Damn" thats a hell of a shot. D.D.D.D
Photo taken from a Hide, 8 days in a hide to capture this shot, al wild birds. Fish alive and kicking !!
7/7 great photo. and what is your lens or lenses? cong.
Jose A Gallego
que te puedo decir.....7/7 simplemente un referente a seguir, mis fotos no estᮠen ese camino-estilo, pero cada vez que veo una de estas tuyas amo m᳠la fotografia y los animales.
incredible An unbeatable capture 7/7... any tips on shooting birds would be very much appreciated!!!!
7/7 Wow!!! What a shot! Impressive and excellent. Congratulations.
Well yes, I see this happening almost every day and therefore I just don't bother to take photos about it any more ;) Absolutely stunning!
Words are cr@p. 8/8
This photos is one of the most fantastic photos I've ever seen. Great work. It must put a big smile on your face.
fantastica Miguel leo que ocho dias en el hide para conseguirla, pero lo conseguiste, la foto es magnifica en todos los sentidos, felicidades por tu trabajo, Zelai
Good timing and sharp eye, well done.
Incredible action! Terrific capture. 7/7 Alex
Simply the best This has got to be the best phot I have seen
7/7 only one word, EXCELLENT
This is so incredibly sharp, I beleive I felt a bit of the splach whn I clicked on the picture. Thanks for hiding out for 8 days to get this shot!
OUTSTANDING. INTERESTING how fish expression is so calm. I wonder about your position during shoting
Best I've seen I have seen many images of eagles pulling fish out of the water over the years to the point where I've grown bored with the concept. Then I came across this one and I have to say you certainly have out done your-self. Good Job! Stephen Corley www.nicelightimages.com
So much drama...Wonderful shot.
A dream I spent hours inside a blind to try to capture this kind of scene. This pic is what i'm dreaming to do right now. Bravo i admire your work Olivier
7/7 Simply stunning. The only thing more incredible is that someone rated this 4/4.
Wow this photo is absolutly breath taking. all around this photo jsut grabs the viewers eye. Well done!
Really excellent shot, Miguel! Best regards, Ruud.
Miguel, was this one shot of a series/burst of shots? or was this just one shot and you absolutely nailed it? Also, do you regulary sell your photographs?
dugaduga good eys!
If I ever get one like this, then I could die in peace right after that. Thank you for sharing.
Absolutamente increible. Muy bien hecho. --Lannie
Incredible Shot! Congratulations Miguel! The clarity of both fish and bird is fantastic
This shot is CRAZY COOL! I wish I was the one responsible for this capture.
very good... this is my blog thank you http://www.raimondomarchesin.it/blog/
What is there to add... this is my favorite image in Miguel's outstanding portfolio and one of the best wildlife shots I've seen. The framing (or cropping as the case may be), technical perfection and immediacy of the moment combine here to create something special.
"The Decisive Moment" You have captured the essence of what Cartier-Bresson termed, "The Decisive Moment" Congratulations!!!
Waaauuuu "The Decisive Moment" 7/7
I would say the best photo i've ever seen. Thanks for sharing
Stunning Absolutely stunning in all means...
Onoe of the best if not the best avian picture I've ever seen .. can only echo the comments on the low markings on this..just brilliant the framing focus DOF are all outstanding. Nick
Faultless This is nature and action photography at its supreme best. Ten Out of seven!!
Great photo, stunning!!!
Unbelievable catch - for both of you. The clarity and peak action is outstanding! 7/7
looks what a envy! (healthy, of course). congratulations and thanks for sharing it. gustavo.
Fantastic! Surely your best shot of all. I like the fact that the catch is so prominent in the frame with great form.
Sinh Nhut Nguyen
Amazing shot, great detail and sharpness. I don't know why somebody gave you a 4/4, must be too zealous I guess, again amazing shot ! 7/7
Wow! This shot is so incredible! A split second in time, captured perfect!
Fishing Miguel.... this is the most stunning shot I have seen of this type of action, and there are many out there of rapters catching fish. What adds to the impact is the way you have cropped it so tightly whilst maintaining total action. The clarity and colour is superb. Well done and thanks for sharing. Regards
comment damn thats really nice, love it
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Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Very nice shot Miguel. Perfect timing on the capture and an ultra sharp image. This would look so nice printed large and then framed on the wall. Bravo! all the way.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa This photo hands down, is the best wildlife photo I have ever viewed on this site or any where else for that matter. Very well done. Miguel, would you be willing to share how much post processing sharpening you did on this shot?
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa The moment captured here (and the way it was captured, whith the highlights and spread of the water droplets and depth of field) is so good it looks fake, but it's not.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa I know we are supposed to say what we like about the shot, and dislike. There is nothing I don't absolutely love about this picture. The timing is impeccable, and the sharpness is stunning. One of, if not the best nature shot I've seen on this site. I can feel the water spray! 7/7
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Now this is a WOW. There is action, tension, just the right amount of motion blur. The sparkling water drops against the darker background put us right in the middle of the capture of the fish. Perfect DOF. I see the tiny red water drop and wonder if that is a prism type of light reflection in the drop. There is just sooooooo much detail and yet the main subject is not diminished. I had to visit your page, and so saw your magazine cover photos. Congratulations on the publications. Thanks for the fine example of excellent wildlife photography.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa It's all been said - just perfect timing and perfect shot. It's so detailed it looks like a drawing. Very well done and I'm jealous!
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa There is so much action in this photo, yet the timing and sharpness are perfect....leaves me shaking my head at the skill involved to bring it all together.
J. Harrington USA Massachusetts
Fishing by Miguel Lasa I like the shot but it's cropped a bit too tight. I would have liked to see more of the wings, splash etc. Maybe post an uncropped version?
No extra space thank you No, you would definitely not want to show more of the wings, as by showing more you would lose the dynamic of where both of the eyes end up in the piece, in the vertices of the rule of thirds. The balance is superb, and by adding more space that would center both sets of eyes towards the middle, and that my friend is not a good thing.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Wow, terribly sharp image. I love the details captured in this shot, perfect timing, perfect exposure.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Am I the only one wondering how the bird is managing to hold the fish when the claws are merely resting on it's skin and not penetrating at all?
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Steve, Those claws are like needles, piercing the flesh from the side not visible. Absolutely outstanding. Love the crop. so jealous...so jealous...
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Please don't get me wrong, but I want more. What's the opposite of crop? I don't know if this image has been cropped, but I suspect it has been. I would like it with a bit more of that wonderful turbulent water at the bottom and a little more wing at the top. Never-the-less, this photograph is the type of thing that all of us want to achieve at least once in ouur lives. Absolutely marvelous. You talk about your WOW factor, This has a WOW POW factor. Did I just make a pun? Sorry. Willie the Cropper
One Heck of an Explosively Dynamic... depiction of the struggle for life. Miguel, this is Great !
Several comments have been directed towards the crop of this photograph. For me, I like it the way it is. Regards.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Miguel I do not understand too much of photography but the most powerful point in this picture is fish's eye. great. It seems like they are both talking with you and looking to you in a way trying to say: "Why are you shocked? this is a part of our lives and we both accept and like it!" Good luck
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa The composition and skill of the photographer are magnificent. To critique, I would say the feathers on the head near the eye appear blown out, and the web presentation appears slightly over sharpened.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa The subjects are separated from the background nicely, The whole photo screams action and it's clear. Who can critique a nature shot like this one, which is more about capturing an event that'll never happen again! Nice job.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Nice shot. I don't know if you croped the image or what we see is what you capture from your lens. I would like it even better if I could see the wings. Great shot, no blurr at all.
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Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa I love the diagonal composition created by the wing (exiting the frame in the upper right) & the eyes of both the bird & the fish & ends with the water splash in the lower left. I also like the amazing clarity of both eyes. But, one thing that keeps drawing my eyes away from the subjects is the little "flare", of what I assume is a water droplet, in the upper left outer quadrant. As minuscule as it is, I can't block it out. I think it detracts from the perfectly timed capture.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa While this might be a good nature shot, I would not give it a very high rating for originality. There are (and have been) thousands of shots of birds pulling fish out of water, and I cannot really tell what makes this original. Yes, the bird is in perfect focus and there is water frozen in motion, but that has been done before. One may argue that any subject has been done to such a point as to render it inherently unoriginal. Female nudes are a perfect example: How many different ways can one take a picture of a woman? The answer is an infinite amount; the complexity of the human body in combination with the myriad of possibilities of lighting and composition mean that it is close to impossible to exhaust this category. With the above picture, the photographer is limited by his static position and the predictability of the bird. On the other hand, 99.9999% of the nudes being made today are unoriginal. For a bird picture to be original, it would have to be something no one has every seen and few have imagined. i am curious to know what exactly makes this photo original.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa i agree with noah... i do not find it as stunningly original... although given the time constraints of such shots i doubt the photographer can do much about originality... one more thing that bothers me about this shot is the sheer amount of water in the air... im frankly not a fan of this much sharply focussed water... it makes the image (very) chaotic and since they appear so sharp they (imho) dont add to the motion/speed/action that the rest of the picture is trying to convey... in conclusion, i am not particularly awed by this photo, however it is definitely accurate in its representation of nature...
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa At first, I also thought the crop was too tight. But this photograph is really about dramatic angles and getting in tightly on the action. Being close up also emphasizes the texture of the water. It almost looks like it's coming out of the plane of the photograph. The background does have a couple of distracting elements, which should be toned down.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa It would have been nice if the full majestic breadth of the wingspan was caught on film --errr, i mean --- CCD/CMOS rather than having the wings "clipped". still an impressive shot.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Phineas , not sure about the filter in ps you are talking , postprocessing included levels , and contrast adjustments.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa this is a photograph that tells a story! .. to see a picture of something like this really doesn't do it justice.. but this comes close! I like the hopeless look of the fish! and even though it is a fish it reminds me of this.... Thus said the hawk to the nightingale with speckled neck, while he carried her high up among the clouds, gripped fast in his talons, and she, pierced by his crooked talons, cried pitifully. To her he spoke disdainfully: `Miserable thing, why do you cry out? One far stronger than you now holds you fast, and you must go wherever I take you, songstress as you are. And if I please I will make my meal of you, or let you go. He is a fool who tries to withstand the stronger, for he does not get the mastery and suffers pain besides his shame.' So said the swiftly flying hawk, the long- winged bird. - Hesiod maybe?
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Not a fan of birds and fish shots, but this is remarkable for the perfect timing that frames an incredible moment in the cycle of life. Congratulations on this capture and its rendering.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa This is a great capture. But is it perfect 7/7? Aesthetics in wildlife photography I think is always an oxymoron. You have to work with what ever the animals happen to be doing and where they are doing. Often with only fleeting nano seconds to capture an image and often with less than perfect backgrounds etc. Here the long lens has thrown the background out of focus and make the subject sing out at us. (The bright orange/yellow highlight on the left I would remove - it detracts from the subject and does not alter the meaning of the picture in any way.) The ultimate framing for me is just a fraction too tight at the bottom - the curve of the fish is interacting with the photo frame rather than with the water it has been stolen from. The splash of water on the bottom left is coming out of the picture frame not the lake /river itself. The dramatic diagonal of bird wing-body leads the eye beautifully to the fish, this with the implied movement to the right and frothing water gives the image its impact. Spending days in a bird hide to get good images sounds like hell on earth but I suppose you get chance to meditate and relax. The efforts that one has to go through to capture an image should not be factored into a criticism of the image. It does count though in appreciation of the photographers effort, but just because you feel you couldn?t do that doesn?t mean you should be less critical of the photo produced and presented.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Brilliant! I only see strengths here. Few of us will ever combine light, depth of field, composition and timing in such an awe inspiring image.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Fantastic image - well done. The only thing that bothers me is that the claws dont appear to penetrate the fish at all - they just seem to rest on the side on the fish. Is that normal for such a violent natural event.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa man, this is AMAZING photo. excellent capture, colors, sharpness and everything. just great photo
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Amazing work. Your capture of the "capture"! Fine detail from the bird's eye to the fish's spots. I don't feel that the parts of wings out of frame particularly detract, the tight frame brings the action right to you, almost expect to feel the water drops hit my face.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Either this is a perfect shot or it is manipulated and I can't decide which. There's something about that fish.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa I'm trying to enjoy this, but I find myself looking at this from the fish's point of view. Sorry, Miguel. It's a great shot, one of the best I have seen of this type of photography. --Lannie
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Amazing shot. Very sharp and it manages to catch the bird and the fish in a perfect moment. There have been other similar shots but these are not very easy to come across. As for the water, I like the effect of the waves and splashes below the fish. It conveys motion very well. I can't say the same about the almost static drops of water in the upper part of the image. They are very distracting. But overall this is a great shot. Congratulations.
Miguel Lorenzo Posada
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa I think that the photo it?s more than a bird fishing. Perfect focus. Perfect moment. Very intersting composition. M.Lorenzo
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Wow. This is the sort of action photo that wildlife/nature photographers dream of capturing. It takes a lot of hard work and patience, and practice (there is a reason I mostly photograph plants)! Perfect timing, perfect sharpness.
Maravillosa Enhorabuena Miguel. Una foto espectacular ;) Aida Servi
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Miguel its an AmAzInG shot...good focus, i don't know more about photography... The bird timing was good in catching the fish & your timing was best that you capture bird catching the fish..... simply brilliant..
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Very nice image... I like the colors and the light... Amazing work. Ruggero
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa It's a "keeper!" Wow, that is just one fantastic shot! I don't see a weakness, it's wonderful, sharp detail, fast shot, just wonderful! Beautiful work!
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa I'm with Janet...there IS something about the fish...it's tooooo perfect
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa Great shot, perfect timing, ultra sharp. The expression on Fish's face is like it has given up & just praying to god!.
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa it takes more then a great camera to make this happen... nice, i like it!
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa One Word.... Amazing!!!!
Response to Fishing by Miguel Lasa i see your photo in magazin very nice image
Fishing Wild Osprey