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Highway in the wind

Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 10 October 2012 in Animal & Insect.

This was a real stroke of luck - just happened to be in the right place at the right time. We were sitting on the balcony at Melkbos after lunch, and I was fiddling with the settings on my camera and on my new 500mm Sigma zoom lens, taking some test photos.

I had just switched the camera off, and put the cap on the lens, when suddenly this group of sacred ibis decided to give us a showing, forcing themselves into the face of a strong South-westerly wind. So off came the lens cap and snap, snap, snap. I didn't even have time to put the camera into AI (Artificial Intelligence) Servo mode, but was really happy with the result. In a perfect world, the opportunity should have taken place in the morning, when the sun might have lit up their eyes, but one can't have everything!

Title from the song by the magnificent guitarist and folk singer, Arlo Guthrie

Canon EOS 40D 1/2000 second F/8.0 ISO 200 500 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

Lydia.Dd from Paris, France

So beautiful ........

10 Oct 2012 5:59am

@Lydia.Dd: Thank you Lydia - and also for the remix - really appreciated!

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

po po PERFECT*****

10 Oct 2012 7:21am

@Dimitrios: Thank you Dimitrios!

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

Superb !
Totally "spotlightable".

10 Oct 2012 9:45am

@Basile Pesso: Thanks Basile! And thank for the remix (BTW - love the collection!) - now all I need is for someone to give it 5 stars and maybe it will get there!

creze from le havre, France



10 Oct 2012 11:15am

@creze: merci! Thank you! :)

Dave from Indianapolis, United States

Great shot!! Got to love that you were at the right place at the right time.

10 Oct 2012 11:18am

@Dave: Absolutely Dave - thanks for the visit!

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

@Dobbino : I already voted 5 stars, but the spotlights depend on several other things, mainly the jury's taste, and I think this photo totally corresponds.

10 Oct 2012 1:15pm

@Basile Pesso: Thanks again Basile - really appreciate your comments! I think one also (quite correctly) needs a good number of visitors to the photo.

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

Finally, it's not so important. Jason told me all these criterions were important, but I've very well looked at everything, and the only really important thing is the jury.

10 Oct 2012 1:45pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Superb capture, well composed. Like a lot !

10 Oct 2012 1:53pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Thanks you Evelyne - sometimes one needs a lot of luck!

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant! "fortune favours the bold", as they say ... ;-))

10 Oct 2012 4:49pm

@franz: Thank you Franz - appreciate your visit!

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

wonderfull, great capture and framing to get all together 5*

10 Oct 2012 8:03pm

@☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼: @Eric - Thanks so much! But in all honesty this was so unexpected and happened so quickly that I can't claim any artistic credit for the shot.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image! Gorgeous action shot!

10 Oct 2012 10:21pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks for the visit, Elaine!

omid from mashhad, Iran

Amazing & Lovely!!!!

10 Oct 2012 10:24pm

@omid: Thanks Omid!

Akbar&Armaghan from gorgan, Iran

wow!!fantastic shot

11 Oct 2012 4:35am

@Akbar&Armaghan: Really appreciate your visit and blogwatch - Thank you!

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I've just given this 5***** - hope you get a Spotlight for this awesome capture.

11 Oct 2012 4:41am

@kiwisa: Hello Frances - thanks so much!

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Great capture!!!

12 Oct 2012 10:51am

Daniel Rossouw from Durbanville, South Africa

Focus spot on! Great composition all in all into consideration. For me if I could have ordered the birds to fly a little higher into the blue, would be perfect. still great as it is.

21 Oct 2012 4:47pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A fantastic shot of this flying Ibis !

27 Oct 2012 12:38pm

Danie from South Africa

Baie geluk Rob - I knew that you are an expert

28 Nov 2012 8:19am

Véro from Savoie, France

fantastic shot, just the right focus !

9 Apr 2013 4:39am

This image has been featured in 1 Remix collection.

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Canon EOS 40D
1/2000 second
ISO 200
500 mm