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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-24 9:50
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The last day of our svalbard trip,we entered the Hornsund,here are several glaciers and we should make a dry landing and make a short walk,however the landing was cancelled as a polar bear was awaiting us ashore,so a landing was not possible,we made a small cruise through the fjord when we noticed this puffin,we approached very slow and could make a few nice captures,this one was on my wishlist as as a sailor I have seen them many times but never managed to make a capture of this small colorfull bird,so you can imagine I was quite happy with this result,thanks for watching

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-24 9:58]

Hi Paul. I would be very glad to have taken this fine shot ofthe Puffin. The water is so calm un till he arived. spashing around.He has his mouth full of fish . good detail; and colours. well done TFS.

it seems to be a very good swimer!
i love those birds, their colors...they are very cute

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-24 11:06]

Hello Paul,

Whata n interesting moment you have captured in your photo! The image of the bird is very sharp despite its the obvious mouvement. Even the prey in the beak can be sharply seen. The drops of water splashed arround the bird makes the image very dinamic. The soft light has been very well used renderinf fine, natural looking colors.

Thank you for sharing,

Paul - this is a superb capture of this beautiful bird.

Hallo Paul,
Nog nooit een papegaaiduiker in z'n motorboot gezien.:-)
Grappig moment...en de korte sluitertijd was duidelijk kort genoeg en geeft je aldus technisch gezien ook een goed resultaat.
Mooi plaat!

amazing capture, TFS Ori

A fabulous capture Paul, colours and your focusing are very nice and your relatively fast shutter managed to freeze not only the swimming bird, but also the water droplets in the air! I wonder how many fish are there between those beaks...

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-09-24 12:59]

Hi Paul
exellent image
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

What a gorgious shot, truely its beautiful. A great action shot, with a real sense of movement. The colours and sharpness are perfect. the water and water effects are great to, just stunning. A beautiful little subject too. You must be very happy with this shot.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-25 0:32]

Hallo Paul,
Ja, je kunt inderdaad blij zijn met zo'n prachtige opname. Fantastische scherpte in de foto met al die rondvliegende druppels. Uitstekende natuurlijke kleuren met een mooie spiegeling in het water. Prachtige grijstinten Perfecte compositie.

Wow, beautifull photo and great capture. TFS!

If you haven't already, come and see my gallery.


Hi Paul
wovvv, wonderful action capture of beautiful Puffin. The shot more rich with colorful reflection and water droppings. POV and focus also great. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-25 14:28]

Excellent action shot, Paul!
This is a really unique photo.
Great sharpness.
Superb composition.
Exceptional focusing.

Very well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-29 9:14]

Hello Paul,
What a beautiful action capture of this Puffin in the water with its catch and with wonderful splashes all around! Very clear details and beautiful colours in this splendid composition. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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