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I found your wonderful photo of a blue-backed manakin. I was recently in Trinidad and Tobago with my father who is a keen, life-long birdwatcher. On Tobago we saw the blue-backed manakin, and that bird so delighted me, it was my "bird of the trip." Neither my dad nor I have the skill needed to photograph them. I would like to get a copy of that photo to give to him for father's day, if possible. Thank you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Steve Garvie
I am a keen birder and love your bird photographs. I also do a lot of cross stitch and I have recently started to try to make my own cross stitch designs. I would like your permission to use your photograph of the Barn Owl, which I found on the Larkwire website, to make a cross stitch pattern. My email address is: email@example.com.
These are beautiful pics! I can't wait to see more ... thank you for sharing with me
I really enjoyed wandering through your galleries. Congratulations.
I saw your photo of a falcon attacking an eagle. How long can the eagle fly upside down? Is it just a moment or several wingbeats?
This is a message for Steve Garvie. I work with a small educational charity based in Edinburgh and we are producing a free resource for schools - Our Forests Our Future. We would like to use your photo of the Sylvery-cheeked Hornbill on the Oiseaux website. We would of course give you full credit. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I am the editor of a the quarterly newsletter for the local NGO Environment TOBAGO. The White-tailed Sabrewing was recently declared an environmentally sensitive species. I would like to use your photo for an article on this species.
Awaiting a response.
Dr Jo-Anne Sewlal
I photographed what appeared to be a black heron atop a bush near a lake in Fort Myers, FL. The photo was taken through our patio screen but the heron is a solid black (legs are black but feet are embedded in the bush). The eyes appear black, but I've noted other pictures where the reported yellow eyes appear black. Have you ever seen a black heron in North America? Alternatively, what could this have been?
Can i use one of your photos of the Lesser Adjutant on a signage. rgds
We're interested in filming the Crested Oropendola for a PBS documentary, and I see you've photographed them extensively. Could you email me so we could discuss further? Thank yoU!
Thanks my friend for help on identification Tom Merigan
Stunning photography ~~ Kudos to you.
You have done a good job sharing ur experiences with ur PBase browsers...I really like the Reports you have published in PBase reg ur experiences with the Country's heritage and travel companies you have dealt with. All the best Rainbirder for ur future endeavours...Nathapushpa-QLD-Australia
Amazing photos,what lens and body are you using.I found your site by searching gnatwren images online, and I'm fascinated by your t&t gallery.
Ray Purser Photography
Super images in your Galleries Steve,very impressive I really enjoyed the Kenya images.
Diko G W
Fantastic set up some beautiful photos.Very enjoyable Thanks Steve
I was looking at a photo on your Common Buzzard gallery of "Common Buzzard flightshot". Do you have a date and location of this shot by any chance?
Thanks for your comment on picture 127887288, Martial Eagle.
I intend to visit Gambia a second time for some sixteen days, January/February and visit (1) Marakissa, (2) Makasutu, (3) Tendaba and (4) ending up in the northern part of the Western Division before going back home. Last year I did only three days birdwatching with a guide. You know him well: Modou Colley. I would like to do this time a lot more with Modou. And there is my question to you.
If my budget does allow me, I would spend three days (2 nights) in Mandina Lodges. But then it should be possible to explore Makasutu together with Modou. Is there a reasonable formula to get this done?
Thanks for your reply, preferably on my mail address email@example.com.
Frans Vandewalle (Snarfel)
Absolutely superb album Steve, you should be very proud of this
Thanks for your appreciation about the Black Heron series. I am reshuffling my site and meanwhile optimizing especially the old analogue images. It takes some time.
Hi Rainbirder! Thank you for your kind comment to the hepaticapicture,
but its not my picture, its my girlfriend Gunilla ho have taken it!
I've just had a look at your site and must say you have some very interesting and excellent images. I particularly like your bird and Scottish scenes.
Hi.... like your photos so much..... you are really great photographer..... im an artist and i paint on canvas. I hope we can be good friends.
I've just spent an enjoyable hour surfing your site, Tremendous and diverse selection of bird images here. I will certainly return for another look.
Best rgeards, Mike.
thank you for your comments.In the past I managed my photos with a Canon 400mm DO lens which is indeed a good travel lens,but together with extender I was disappointed by very smooth pics.During our travel in South Africa I tried out the 300mm/2,8 Canon lens with 1,4 or 2x extender. My photographs are not comparable with Ingos who took the Canon 500mm lens .Its like the difference between black and white.Nevertheless I have my own gallery so I can remember some nice moments with birdwatching clearly and don't forget it.
I read your tour report about Sri Lanka,many thanks. Furthermore it is exciting for me to look at photographs of flora and fauna from other countries ,so I enjoy your galleries with all!! photos.
With best wishes
Hi, You do have some very nice photographs and I am looking for photographers who can consistently produce great images AND know how to edit. (You may well know this now-but someone else won't.). Relegate the images that remind you of a good or bad trip to the snapshot album...if the image isn't in focus where it should be and so forth, don't publish them. Someone else has a better photograph...stick to your passion...you'll produce your best work here. In order to sell my own photographs and produce a good selection of stock photographs, I am looking for photographers (firstname.lastname@example.org title the email as "portfolio" as otherwise I will delete your email). My comments to you are that capturing the image is only the first part of a long process. I have looked at a number of your images and with a decent editing program, there are several in addition to Adobe...Corel Paint Shop Pro is quiet easy to use...look at GIMP which is similar to Adobe AND free....you can really improve your skills. Pay particular attention to your camera's histogram. Use the histogram in editing...that is the simple way...master curves and you will have more control over the image. Shoot in RAW format and in Adobe RGB not sRGB for best color management intended for reproduction. Use the unsharp mask (judiciously). Look at the excellent tutorials on cambridgeincolour dot com They have an excellent discussion on sharpening with the unsharp mask in addition to other topics. Nikon's Capture NX program has a very easy to use 'Control Point' for making adjustments to a specific area for color, saturation etc. What I most appreciated about your photography is you shot in the rain. Photography is not all about sunny days. Most of all enjoy, whether you shoot solely for your own peace of mind or commercially. Cheers, Fred.
It appears you have a natural gift for capturing the true beauty of nature.
Congratulations, not just on a particular photo but on your whole work.
With best wishes,
Thankyou for your comments on my birds of Gambia on www.micclarkphotography.co.uk
I have had a good look at your Gambian bird photos and I think they are brilliant you have been out there quite a few times and know your Gambian birds very well,you were right about my locaction it was the Madina lodges an excellent location for a first time to Gambia I am going out there again this November on my own but will stay at the Senegambia using my same bird guide who I have kept in touch with.
You have an impressive and extensive collection of only beautiful photographs. What a work and insightful information you are sharing here. A place to visit over and over!!
My respects! Fantastic work!!
I lived in Dunfermline for 15 years before coming to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland two years ago. Very handy for Vane Farm, but you're right about the weather! Love your images and I was wondering if I could use the one of a rock nuthatch nest for a talk I'm giving to our local small bird group here. The subject will be "Birds nests and nesting behaviour" and I'm trying to show them one or two more unusual things. I will of course give you the credit for the photo and include links in my handouts
I live in The Gambia and I liked your images very much. I have just written a fieldguide to Gambian Wildlife (see www.siriscientificpress.co.uk)and am particularly interested in spiders and butterflies. Do you have any nice photos of these? Maybe you have spider families (and even butterfly species) that are previously unrecorded from the country.
Many thanks, Dave
I´m glad you like mi picture of the
Grey- headed Woodpecker! i don't think
you have this in Scotland.
If you can spare some time, I would appreciate very much your comments on the gallery:
Hope to hear from you. Thanks.
Best wishes to you and to yours at 2009!
And thanks that you visit my site regulary.
Hapy New Year.
You have a amazing gallery. For me, one of the best in the PBase.
Hi Steve (Rainbirder)
I saw one of your posts on Birdforum and decided to have a look at your website. You have some superb images on here but I especially like your landscape shots of Mull. My wife and I visited the island only briefly during a two week stay on the west coast last May, but we fell in love with the place and are going back for a week next April. In fact, I think we visited (and I photographed) one of the waterfalls you've featured!
Anyway, congratulations on a great portfolio.
I`m glad you like my picture of the nutcracker!
Great gallery, it is a real pleasure to view
Great photos! I am responsible for the bird section of Iziko Museums of Cape Town's educational website called Biodiversity Explorer
(www.biodiversityexplorer.org), featuring the life we
encounter in southern Africa. I am trying to fill in gaps in terms of
photographs of each bird species recorded in this region. One species I am looking for is the Pale batis, which I see you have a photo of on pbase, located here:
I would acknowledge source and copyright for this image and would
provide a link to your pbase gallery (I would like to know your real name, so that I can do this properly). Other photographers such as Callie de Wet, Trevor Hardaker, Jim Scarff and Peter Steyn have already contributed.
Please send your reply to my e-mail address (email@example.com)
Your photos and layout are outstanding ! You have captured so many wonders here . Well done and I hope to see more of your exciting work.
Thank you for your latest comments to my pictures!
Hope you have a nice time in Scotland now in the
autumn, much birds and fine photomoments!
After viewing your photos on the Central American forum, I thought I would check out the rest. Great photos from all over. I grew up in Scotland, and remember fondly many of your subjects.
We are considering your two plain-backed sunbird images for our new publication - The Ultimate Photoguide: Birds of Southern Africa. Print run is 30 000.
Please let me know what your rates are and if you can supply the image at these specifications: (minimum) 80x80mm at 300 DPI.
Image Library Manager
Images of Africa
(a division of New Holland Publishing (South Africa) Ltd)
tel: +27 (021) 462 4360
fax: +27 (021) 462 4375
Steve very impressed by your Crossbills, difficult bird to catch up with. Only one comment - where's the rain?!
Steve - Rainbirder,
Thank you very much for helping me out with the names of the birds of Trinidad and Tobago. I recognize all the names you offered but couldn't remember them from the short time I was on the islands.
I have seen your bird photography on pbase and really like your work. I have a new photography forum and we have a section dedicated to birds where you can share your work, get comment/critique on it, and can also help others by leaving comment/critique on their work. We have a really great group of photographers on there and would love for you to join and share you work too. We also have many other dedicated photo sections
Hope to see you on the site
Ryan Miller; Owner & Founder pixelperfectforum.com
Hi, thanks for visiting and all your comments, they are appreciated! You have some amazing shots, the flycatcher on your profile is among the favorites!! Beautiful work.
Wong Tsu Shi
Thanks fro visiting and commenting on my galleries, Steve.
You have beautifully captures images of the avifauna which is not available on my part of the world.
Continue the good work.
I have just seen small part of your works but I'll be back to enjoy more. I especially like that you give great info with your great images.
All the best for your photographing,
Steve your Cheetah images are simply outstanding, all I can say is WOW and not a drop of rain in sight! Great work.
Dean Eades BirdMad - BirdGuides Photo of the Year Winner
Just had a quick look through your galleries after a recomendation from John Anderson, some superb images and was well worth a look. Will look forward to having a closer look through them
Keep up the good work, John
Keep up the good work, your work is super.
Ray Purser Photography
Some good images in your Galleries will visit again for updates.