Nikon D700
Nikon 500mm f4
1/800 @f7.1
ISO 1400

Taken in Punda Maria area where the blooming Sjambok pod trees provides beautiful colour in the depressing drought.

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Comment by Pietman Muller on November 27, 2016 at 13:11

Dankie Bruna en Gerda, ek was nogal gelukkig om hom in 'n boom raak te loop wat oortrek is met geel blomme.

Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on November 24, 2016 at 14:48

Powerful image Pietman!!

Comment by gerda robbertse on November 7, 2016 at 16:53

Goed gedoen!!Geel is vir my altyd moeilik

Comment by Pietman Muller on October 26, 2016 at 6:12

Thanks for the comments guys! Glen, the image is more about the flowers than the Oriole. These trees flower in September come rain or drought and in an extremely dry year like the present one they give hope in what seems like a hopeless situation. They show abundance under trying circumstances, attracting and giving nourishment to a wide variety of species. I wanted to capture this and was glad to find this beautiful Oriole to not only compliment, but also to contrast this overwhelming scene.

Comment by Glen Fouche' on October 21, 2016 at 19:30
Powerful colors and great contrast with the birds black feathers and its eye. I find the bird is being overpowered by the huge amount of yellow flowers, I think less flowers on the left by cropping a bit will present the bird a bit better and keep the viewers eye on the bird and not allow it to wander all over the image. Overall a very pleasing and striking photo. Lighting and exposure of birds feathers well handled.
Comment by Neels Niesing on October 21, 2016 at 11:48

'n Mooi foto, die geel is vir my byna te oorweldigend, maar die rooi van die snawel en oog, asook die swart kop kompenseer.

Comment by LEON PELSER on October 18, 2016 at 21:54

Baie sterk komposisie Pietman!!

Comment by Pietman Muller on October 18, 2016 at 14:38

Dankie Danie!




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