You don't know what you have! - Dreamstime

Sometimes you take a shot, you kind of like the image and then it starts to get a few accolades. This image was one of 10 I entered last year in the World Photographed of the year competition. It was entered into the urban wildlife section and went on to make it to the 3rd round of judging. It was really astonishing to me as I thought the other 9 images were better. This image has also now won me a competition in a South African travel and outdoor magazine to be published in February. Maybe its the start of new beginnings :-)

Canon 1D MKIV

Canon 500mm f/4.0 plus 1.4 extender



ISO 320

Photo credits: Neal Cooper.

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January 28, 2012


Wonderful photo.

January 27, 2012


Congratulations, great accomplishment and image Neal.

January 24, 2012


It's a beautiful shot - congratulations!

January 22, 2012


Nicely done!! Congratulations!! I am really happy for you--you work very hard at getting the bird shots.

January 22, 2012


It's an excellent image. Really impressive. I think it's funny sometimes in a way that our own eyes see something so different that what other peoples' eyes do. In one way, perhaps we are too judgemental of our own work, and in another way, we have an idea of what we had a concept of in our heads. Sometimes there is an image that fits OUR idea but the rest of the world doesn't see it. It's both interesting and frustrating to me when that happens. In your case, wonderful! You should be extremely proud of your accomplishment. Well done and best wishes to you.

January 22, 2012


Congratulations. It s real, sometimes we like others more, but other people like the one that didn't capture our atention that much. But it is true, this one is really beatifull, how the bird was in the middle of the squares.

January 22, 2012



January 21, 2012


Congratulations, it is great.

January 21, 2012


It's amazing, congratulations.

January 21, 2012


Really well done and beautiful capture :-)

January 21, 2012


Very Cool. Glad to hear itrnDoug

January 21, 2012


amazing photo, congratulations!!!

January 21, 2012


Congratulation with the amazing picture & portfolio! Thanks for shearing experience!

January 21, 2012


Here are the settings used for the shot. Th camera was handheld from a hide.rnrnCanon 1D MKIVrnCanon 500mm f/4.0 plus 1.4 extenderrn1/2500rnf/7.1rnISO 320rn

January 21, 2012


wow :)

January 21, 2012


Great picture! As well pictures in your portfolio!

January 21, 2012


what is shooting details? objective, lighting condition, diaphragm and exposure time, as so as method?rnshoot is very ok, in my opinion. i try to take some shots of hawk and stork on my rural site, but without good success...

January 21, 2012


Fantastic photo!!! Congratulations on your success!

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