Tamron Prize Challenge: Travel and Nature

Challenge #1 in the Tamron Prize Challenge series. Hosted by Tamron Challenge, Simon Joinson.
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Give us your best Travel or Nature shot and you could win a superb SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF), which sets high-performance DSLRs free with SP engineering, F/2.8 maximum aperture and Tamron VC. To find out more about this highly praised lens check out http://tamron-usa.com/lenses/prod/1750_vc_b005.asp. The winner of this challenge (as decided by public vote) will receive a Tamron SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC zoom lens (in Canon EF-S or Nikon mount). If the winner is a full frame user, we will substitute the SP 28-75mm F/2.8. No other substitutions will be offered. No cash alternative is available. Prizes are non transferable and non refundable. Competition open to any registered dpreview.com member, anywhere in the world.
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Haliastur indus or Brahminy kite, juvenile. Shot at Madaayipaara, a laterite hillock of Kerala, India. I waited an hour hiding in a bush, near a drying up pool. The juveniles takes the risk of approaching close to humans! Madayipaara is known for its Biodiversity. Lepidagathis keralensis and some two other bryophytes(moss) found only on this hillock.
Submitted: Thursday, 6th October, 2011 03:27 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 24th March, 2010
Focal length: 420 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec
Aperture: F3.7
ISO: 200
Notes: Camera in Aperture Priority, 1/1000 @ f 3.7 , handheld, super bright noon. Tip : Do not look straight into the eye. Use your articulated viewfinder. Faces are recognized easily by kites. Staring at them is always taken with caution, they will never approach. Lens : 420mm Leica Dicomar. Camera : Lumix FZ50. Minimal post-processing In PS-CS3.
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