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Black and white vulture.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 5 June 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A black and white vulture, part of the falconry display team photographed at Jarrow's Medieval Fayre on Sunday 22nd May.

Background created in Photoshop using the radial blur filter and a layer mask.

PENTAX K100D 1/90 second F/6.7 ISO 200 330 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

a vulture that resembles a wizard with a long flowing robe... are you sure this isn't, perhaps, a stuffed dumbledore instead?

5 Jun 2011 5:05am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Really nicely done. Interesting with the colored background.

5 Jun 2011 6:25am

krishna bhat from India

enormous bird. in childhood, we often saw these birds enjoying carcases. now an endangered species :-(

5 Jun 2011 6:32am

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5****

5 Jun 2011 6:33am

fereshteh. from Iran

WoW ! This is excellent .....

5 Jun 2011 6:59am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

excellent birds portrait - very well done!

5 Jun 2011 7:13am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

il à les épaules carrés...beau portrait!

5 Jun 2011 8:25am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Perfect background Curly. Unusual bird.

5 Jun 2011 9:21am

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

The background is powerful and the image looks like a national emblem:) .. ![just my opinion .. !

5 Jun 2011 9:24am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

You missed a blur under the perch(Says Mr picky of Berkshire) I think that the "Way out there PP really adds a lot, it takes balls to do it, but you've done it well

5 Jun 2011 9:47am

@CElliottUK: Crikey, so I have - well spotted!

RonnyVee from Tielt, Belgium

A lovely picture from an ugly bird ( my opinion ). Enjoy your Sunday, Curly!

5 Jun 2011 10:13am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Your pp treatment is wonderful Curly! It gives the impression of a radiant energy coming from this seemingly passive raptor! Well done! ;-)

5 Jun 2011 11:10am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

That looks like me on one of my better days

5 Jun 2011 11:10am

Florence from Paris, France

Terrific attitude, almost as if he were saying, I'm here, and won't move ! :-)

5 Jun 2011 11:30am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent vulture! Impressive beak and feathers! If I could talk you would say thank you very much for such a wonderful portrait! A hug, Adela

5 Jun 2011 11:42am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Superbly done, Curly ... the radial blur works very well here.

5 Jun 2011 11:47am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Perfect bird portraits!
Like the way you processed the backgrounds as well:-)

5 Jun 2011 1:52pm

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

Oh wow! I love the processing. Superb image!

5 Jun 2011 3:40pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Great bit of work, the Green background blends in beautifully with the Grey vulture, sharp details too.

5 Jun 2011 3:49pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

fantastic !!!!! perfect details and very nice process ! great expression and frame , stunning !!!!!!

5 Jun 2011 3:51pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

Great details and elegant shape & tones.Bravo!

5 Jun 2011 4:18pm

CheekyMummy from Prescott, United States

Incredible picture, Curly. The details are magnificent and the expression. Wonderful!

5 Jun 2011 4:33pm

Hadi from isfahan, Iran

Fantastic - Very nice

5 Jun 2011 4:55pm

Rebecca from Oregon, United States

A vulture, who knew. :) Great job and if Mr. Picky hadn't commented I never would have noticed.

5 Jun 2011 4:55pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great details and nice processing. Excellent. :)

5 Jun 2011 4:56pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Spectacular! He's looking like a participant in a heraldic bird contest. :-)

5 Jun 2011 5:33pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

This is fantastic! The background is really really beautiful and the bird, wow!!

5 Jun 2011 5:48pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Great image quality.

5 Jun 2011 5:57pm

José Carlos Caria from Lisbon, Portugal

Great quality

5 Jun 2011 6:19pm

Damien from Le Havre, France

Un superbe cliché avec un très bel effet zooming !

5 Jun 2011 6:58pm

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

what a splendid capture. The vulture is impressive, and I like the rays around it,making a superb background.

5 Jun 2011 7:08pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A stunning trio of bird shots Curly. The way you have brought the feather patterns and textures out here is almost sculptural. He looks like a lawyer to me :)

5 Jun 2011 7:41pm

Arash Shakoorzadeh Boloori from Mashhad, Iran

great... thank you !

5 Jun 2011 8:02pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

without words. just excellent!! . a hug. Alejandra

5 Jun 2011 8:04pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Terrific shot! It looks like coat of arms or the emblem. Severe bird!

5 Jun 2011 8:05pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

5 stars !! This is a beautiful shot, perfectly handled. All the tones and details work so well. Bravo !!

5 Jun 2011 8:06pm

Lara from Vienna, Austria

power, pride, beauty. an awesome photo!

5 Jun 2011 8:09pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fantasitica curly *****

5 Jun 2011 8:15pm

Dulang from United States

Fabulous shot, Curly!

5 Jun 2011 8:19pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

oohhh precioso!!! un tratamiento y encuadre perfecto!

5 Jun 2011 9:10pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Well processed shot!

5 Jun 2011 9:12pm

PD from Kansas, United States

Nice background processing!

5 Jun 2011 10:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A stunning image of this striking bird.

5 Jun 2011 10:53pm

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

SO wonderful, Curly! He does look threatening!

6 Jun 2011 12:35am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great portrait! He looks mean!

6 Jun 2011 12:43am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Handsome devil.

6 Jun 2011 2:07am

Maria Draper from California, United States

that's such an amazing image...wow...
and I also like your owl shot especially because my best friend likes owls....

6 Jun 2011 2:35am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Amazing picture! The quality and clarity of the vulture is so high almost looks like a sculpture in stone (is it really?:) Nice effect and composition created with the background. Cheers!

6 Jun 2011 3:02am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

That's a iconic shot.

6 Jun 2011 4:50am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

He looks like an old timer that has seen many days and adventures...superb capture..superb dtails

6 Jun 2011 5:11am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Amazing shot - I like its gargoyle pose!

6 Jun 2011 10:45am

Gipsy Ele from Basauri, Spain

wowww Curly.. a majestic portrait..

6 Jun 2011 3:07pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb capture of this vulture, I'm not keen on the background but that's just personal taste the shot is still brilliant

6 Jun 2011 5:55pm

Roland from Manila, Philippines

never thought a vulture would look this good...great portrait...great shot!

6 Jun 2011 7:03pm

Judith from Linz, Austria

well done, a sharp capture of a fascinating animal!

6 Jun 2011 8:07pm

philippe from moselle, France

fantastique prise de vue !!!

6 Jun 2011 9:17pm

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

I'm a complete amateur but I love the bit you missed under the perch. It's like you're having a little sneaky peak into the real background. Very cool.

6 Jun 2011 11:14pm

Charlene Collins from Kingston, Jamaica


7 Jun 2011 1:52pm

Monik from PARIS, France

Un oiseau impressionnant, une photo superbe!

7 Jun 2011 6:27pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

this one is fantastic!! 5*!!

8 Jun 2011 9:22pm

Xavi Dom Buendia from East Sussex, United Kingdom

amazing wildlife shots and the processing is brilliant, looks like your medieval faire was much more interesting than ours here in Lewes.

9 Jun 2011 12:38pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Nicely done!

12 Jun 2011 12:52pm

1/90 second
ISO 200
330 mm (35mm equiv.)