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Little tern catching a fish

Little tern catching a fish
Photo Information
Copyright: Carlos M Garcia (alguazul) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 14 N: 120] (713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 14:29
Viewed: 5078
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the next step, after being watching and spying the surface of water the little tern localizes a small fish and initiates a very rapid dive. It is a question of just a second from the high to the high.. just a small fraction of a second in the water. This scene was illuminated by a low Sun of June late in the afternoon and allowed the bird to be well illuminated. I have chosen a square format (detaching more water drops in the left, behind the bird) to achieve more detail in the 800 pixels image. The small fish, the collar of algae and a ring are visible.

Made with Canon 100-400 lens, IS-1, Canon 30 D camera, no tripod, no flash.

Bratman, PaulH, Kaszek, SelenE, Royaldevon, nglen, Juyona, Ken52, Proframe, CeltickRanger, Bufo, jazdzurka, Debz, rousettus, gannu has marked this note useful
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Bravo...This is full of vitality and you have used your skill well. The piece of weed around the neck is exquisite. Well done Carlos, best, Brat.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-14 14:53]
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Hi Carlos,

wow, full of action and crystal clear - perfect timing. Very well done.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-06-14 15:21]

Hola carlos, espectacular, que detalles tan perfectos y el agua saltando, felicidades por esta magnifica foto! Carme.

Hi Carlos,
Excellent photo, the light is wonderful and shows off the waterspray very well.
Excellent action and the details are wonderful.
POV, sharpness and composition are wonderful.

Hi Carlos,
This is unbelievable action shot.
Great details and exposure.
Could you show me exif data? Especially shutter and time.

Muy buenas
Una acción perfectamente captada por el nuevo maquinamen, que bonita y que suerte de estar en ese sitio y maña por pillarlo.
Un abrazo

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-14 16:14]

Hi Carlos

Amazing frozen action - and you made the water balance the tern as well. Great focus throughout the shot - plus wonderful light.


Hello Carlos,
You have captured another beautiful shot of a tern! This is a very animated , still picture!! The position of the wings, the kickback of the water and the flying droplets all seem to give this photograph movement! Great detail, even to the seaweed necklace!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hola Carlos,
Una locura lo que conseguiste!!! Muy bien captado esa segunda imagen del ave. Impactante, la acción, con el ave y el agua bien detenidas. Maravillosos detalles y nitidez. Te felicito, gracias por compartirla.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-14 17:21]

Hi carlos. fantastic. you have captured the bird so well in flight. the detail in the water is great. very good colours and timing to get this. very well done TFS. good notes to.


Great catch
How often did you try to get this one.
Really great

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-14 18:22]

pecioso momento y óptima captura,
los detalles del agua sublimes,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-14 18:49]

I think you have set the standard for photographing this species. The action in this photo is amazing and you did an outstanding job to capture it! Perfect composition and captured at perfect moment with wing position of tern and spash of water. Incredible details. I must make room for another favorite!

Great wildlife action shot Carlos.
Superb composition, sharpness and clarity.
Form of the column of water behind the bird is fantastic.
What a great sight to see all that water frozen in mid air.
Awsome work.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

hello Carlos

quelle belle photo d'action, j'aimes beaucoup
la netteté du sujet (l'oiseau) et les détails du splash de l'eau


great capture, TFS Ori

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-15 2:17]

Hi Carlos,

Great action overhere,well frozen moment,good detail and colors I like the water splashing everywhere around,tfs


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-15 3:05]

Hello Carlos,
what a wonderful action picture. And also of this delicate species. The waterdrops are great to see and display the action really well. Good one!
Regards, Jacob

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-15 3:49]

Hi Carlos,
Great action shot with amazing clarity. The moment you caught, details, focus and exposure handling is superb. Bravo and TFS

Hi Carlos
What a great picture. You've caught wonderful moment. I like composition (square format matches very good), colours and sharpness.
Well done!!
Best wishes

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-15 5:32]

Wow great action shot, the water drops are crystal clear and pin sharp! Fabulous. You caught the right moment in this shot and the Tern is in focus and nice and sharp. Light and colours are wonderful. Prize winner.

Superb action shot.
The sharpness and details are brilliant.
A great moment frozen in time.
Great work Carlos 10/10


Hi Carlos,
This is atrue winner. 10/10. perfect in evrything. usually these terns are very difficult to follow and capture. you have sucseeded in the action picture. congrats. the image is not going out of my mind!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-15 14:37]

Hello Carlos,
Fantastic action shot. Perfect timing, POV, sharpness and composition.

This is an outstanding masterpiece, excellent shot. I don't know what to say, its one of the best pictures i have seen in TN

Hi Carlos,
excellent vital capture of this hunting bird. Action, technique, POV and DOF wonderful. Nicely composed. TFS
best wishes

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  • bpy Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 10] (207)
  • [2007-06-16 16:17]

una estupenda toma, perfectamente pillada, enhorabuena

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2007-06-27 7:20]

This a great shot Carlos. I love how the water is frozen in time. Great POV and DOF.

Amazing shot....
the water splash, bird movement and fish in beek...........with excellant details..........wow........perfect!!!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-03 23:10]

Carlos, Superb shot and what a composition Excellent and TFS Ganesh

hi carlos,
excellent shot & nice water sculpture.
TFS kapil

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