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32 Comments | Report
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 May 15, 2015
Amazing shot! (:
jdlotz
 
jdlotz June 07, 2015
Thank you kindly Rvarley and sweetpea.
RobertWRozell
 
RobertWRozell June 26, 2015
This series is incredible, really good capture.
jdlotz
 
jdlotz June 27, 2015
Thank you all very kindly for taking the time to view and comment on my photo. It really means a lot to me.
WarunaKarunaratne
 
WarunaKarunaratne June 29, 2015
beutifull
adriansart PRO+
 
adriansart July 23, 2015
Fantastic shot and skill!
RobinV
 
RobinV July 25, 2015
Congrats on your place in the finals, in my eyes one of the winners in this contest. Great colors, sharp as a needle and great movement in this photo of yours
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 14, 2015
Exquisite. Congrats on being a Finalist!
Danny_martin_10
 
Danny_martin_10 August 21, 2015
Damn this is good, Massive congratulations :)
SaraStoeckel PRO+
 
SaraStoeckel August 21, 2015
Congratulations!
brentmorris PRO+
 
brentmorris August 21, 2015
Congratulations on your win. Well deserved.
JonsPhotography
 
JonsPhotography August 21, 2015
An absolutely stunning photo. Perfect timing and composition.
jdlotz
 
jdlotz August 21, 2015
Wow...I did not expect this at all. It is a great honor and thank you all so much for voting and getting me even more motivated. This is really amazing thank you all so much.
annetteflottwell PRO+
 
annetteflottwell August 21, 2015
fantastic timing, detail and composition. my personal winner of the day
Cherylnestico PRO+
 
Cherylnestico August 22, 2015
Amazing capture! Congrats! Well deserved!
slegg43
 
slegg43 August 22, 2015
Superb shot!! Congrats on your win!!
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 August 22, 2015
Just beautiful!
d0nn3112009
 
d0nn3112009 August 23, 2015
wow, awesome capture!!
Rgold02
 
Rgold02 August 24, 2015
Congratulations! Great capture.
kimaventpitsenbarger
 
kimaventpitsenbarger August 26, 2015
Breathtaking! Congratulations!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis September 09, 2015
Awesome shot..congratulations:-)
debralecompte PRO
 
debralecompte September 10, 2015
You are a humming bird whisperer...
debralecompte PRO
 
debralecompte September 10, 2015
Hmmm... I just decided I am no good at all at photography... not at all...
jdlotz
 
jdlotz October 12, 2015
Thank you all so much for all the kind words. It really motivates me to try even harder. ;-)
pauloalexxvalente
 
pauloalexxvalente December 12, 2015
Wow factor at the most. It's not that's about a bird and a hell of a great shot. You did capture an emotion from the bird. The bird is confident... The bird knows exactly where to go. I can say that you've capture a face! A bird face. Definitely a face expression. Superbly done!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb February 18, 2016
This is a stupendous shot, not to mention the timing and to be able to capture it! Congratulations on your many Awards--all deserving!!
deannefortnam PRO+
 
deannefortnam November 02, 2016
OUtstanding!
Emailwalla
 
Emailwalla July 27, 2017
Beautiful capture, well done
keepclicking
 
keepclicking November 12, 2018
Wow incredible.
robergarci PRO
 
robergarci December 01, 2019
Buena captura
edraubenheimer
 
Are you still active J,D
RickL PRO+
 
RickL Mar 26
Exceptional action photography

Behind The Lens

Location
Tugela Mouth KZN South Africa
Time
I took this photo early in the morning. Tugela Mouth is a small village in KZN South Africa. It is where the mighty Tugela river runs into the sea. I got up early the morning and took a drive down the the river where I have seen some little bee eaters gathering and snacking on some early morning insects. I got lucky with some good photos for the day.
Lighting
It was early morning and the light was perfect for taking photos. A wonderful day.
Equipment
I used a canon 7d and a 100 - 400mm lens.
Inspiration
The little bee eaters have been active for some time. I went down to the river to hopefully get a few good photos.
Editing
Yes I cropped the photo and did a little bit of sharpening. I also removed a little bit of noise from the background.
In my camera bag
I upgraded from the old canon 7d to the new 7dii. What an amazing camera, I am very happy with it. Lenses I have my 100 - 400 mm, ultra wide angle 10 - 22 mm and I have my brothers 300 mm 2.8 on loan.
Feedback
Patience, Patience and Patience. Location is a must to get where they are. I use a shutter speed of 1/2500 and lately an apature of around 8. I also try and get my ISO as low as possible to reduce noise. Keeping the camera as steady as possible and getting the panning right takes a bit of practice and luck. Garry Player once said "The more I practice the luckier I get" this is so true.

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