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Planckendael zoo collection
Mechelen, Belgium

This girl was actually following the stork, walking behind him in a very thoughtful, concentrated manner. Then, very unexpectedly, the stork took a full U-turn and went the opposite direction – and without a moment of distraction or hesitation, she followed him in his footsteps, making exactly the same U-turn… I pushed the shutter as they crossed… :)

technical and post-editing details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera.
Re-uploaded an edited version – cropped and photoshopped to make the background more blurry…
With special thanks to Ross Spencer, Kharmyne and Roger Miller for their help and suggestions to improve this image in the forum of the group Photography 101 – You can check on the different post-editing suggestions there :)

TAGS : animals, birds, childhood, children, concentration, girl, people, people_animals, planckendael, stork, walking, zoo

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Alphabet Soup (letter S) (Oct.10 , 2009)
Top10 placement in In a perfect world – Top shelf wildlife- (Aug.21, 2010)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups

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See more of my Zoo-photography
See more of my People and animals photography
See more of my Planckendael zoo collection
See more of my birds photography

Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    Wow, how interesting that must have been amazing to watch. Great capture.

  • Yes, it was! :D – thank you so much, Joy, I so appreciate you viewing my art, and your kind comments

    – steppeland

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleabout 5 years ago

    aw yes she definitely look concentrated ! such an interesting and unique picture my friend ! great moment captured… the perfect picture to start my day with, bring a smile on my face =)

  • Aww, thank you so much! it’s a fascinating image to me to – and I seem to continue working on it LOL

    – steppeland

  • Psychosis
    Psychosisabout 5 years ago

    Brilliantly edited mate. It’s a fantastic image and your post processing has really brought out the focal points in it. Outstanding work! :)

  • Thank you so much for your visit and comment, Ross. I really appreciate and thank you for your great suggestions and help with the post processing. I’m happy with the result and learned a few great techniques :) – Thanks!

    – steppeland

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 5 years ago

    Geweldig!!! Wat een shot, wat een combi! Perfecte timing!!!

  • Dank je wel voor het compliment, Hans! – ja, dit was een treffer! :D

    – steppeland

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopabout 5 years ago

    Great shot, well done and congratulations on being featured.

  • Aww, thanks David! – very happy with the feature!

    – steppeland

  • oddoutlet
    oddoutletabout 5 years ago

    10/10/09 Letter S
    Great composition and little story behind it!

  • aww, thank you so much for the great comment and for the feature! Much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieabout 5 years ago

    wow congratulations on your feature

  • Thank you so much, gabbielizzie :)

    – steppeland

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your well deserved feature in Alphabet Soup


  • Thanks a lot, Sheila, much appreciated! :)

    – steppeland

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much! :)

    – steppeland

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