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Joint flight
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-11 10:05
Viewed: 4007
Points: 117
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today was a nice, cold a bit (-5 C) and sunny day. Last and long enough time we had not sunny days at all. It was an excellent chance to test my Nikon equipment at shooting of flying gulls. I hoped that the new equipment would prove itself from the best way.

Unfortunately, I have forgotten, that photographer not a camera takes the photos.

I have not coped with a situation (there were very many actively flying gulls on a short distance) and the majority of my photos were essential worse, than the similar photos taken with my previous more simple camera Minolta last years. I am not so afflicted by the failure. In fact it induces me to improve my skills and to go to the seacoast and to train there again and again.

Now I would like to represent one from the rare good enough attempts.

Add. Info:
Shooting distance: 10 m.
PP: cropped.
Title: reflects eternal desire of the person to fly as a bird.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To vanderschelden: Flight!Alex99 1 01-15 12:14
To Luis52: Nikkor 80-200 F2.8Alex99 1 01-14 21:35
To claudine: Wow.Alex99 2 01-13 11:06
To Heaven: Your experience and Thanks a lot.Alex99 3 01-13 06:41
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-11 10:11]

Hello Alexei,
This is well exposed with excellent DOF, POV, and details..Nice color, BG, and the vertical framing works perfectly for this one .
Well done!
Best regards Siggi

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-01-11 10:11]

Hello Alexei.

This is a close one, with 200mm it nearly tuches you camera i suppose.
Very nice flightshot of this gull, sharpness is excellent and i like the POV you show us here.
Well done and TFS.

Gr. Hans

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-11 10:16]

Hallo Alexei,

This is an excelent shot. The bird is shown very well especialy for an image taken with a 200 mm lens. The bird must have been very close to you. You can be satisfied as the equipment works well. You have only to get aquinted with it.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-11 10:23]

Hi Alexie. Lookng at your inflight shot of the gull your new kit seems to be working very well indeed. You have capturedfine detail and bright colours. we can see all of the feathers on the wings and body, well done TFS.

hello Alexei

today i am your neighbor with an in-flight photo like yours,
congratulations for your new Nikon D700,
excellent close-up photo of the gull with fine POV,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,
i would love you zoom less to include in the image all part
of the the gull's wings, TFS


hello Alexei
What a great close-up of this gull with good POV and 3D effect
crisp clear details especially on his head and tail
I like the soft colors of the BG
very well done

wonderful shot , perfect sharp , beautiful and clear details , good light and exposure ,
well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-11 11:23]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful sharp in flight photo. The details are amazing. Great composition and POV. Beautiful BG.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-11 11:30]

Dear Alexei
This is not just a good enough attempt but an absolutely impressive piece of work.Excellent
close up shot...spot on exposure,i like the eye contact created with the bird.The wing span look so wonderfully impressive.It's always a pleasure to watch your presenatations and here is one more.
TFS & Cheers

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-11 11:43]

Hello Sergei,
Great shot, very nice close up and marvelous composition.
Your new Nikon seems to be doing the job very well.. Well done
my friend..


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-11 11:48]

Hello Alexei,
This is a great close-up of a Gull with good focus on the eye and sharp details. Great control of the 'whites' and very well framed. I really like the angle of the capture showing the beautiful spread of the tail feathers. I understand your desire to fly as a bird!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-11 11:56]

Hi Alexei,

Your new equipment did prove itself in the best way - but the photographer deserves most of the credit! An excellent close-up with wonderful colors and details. The face is beautiful with the fine eye and beak. It's wonderful to see the top of one wing and the underneath of the second. My prediction is you will master your new kit in no time at all.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-11 11:57]

Hello Alexei,
I like the POV and timing in this in-flight capture of the Common Gull (Larus canus). The upward wing position allows the body to be the main part of the image and you have caught it with excellent light management and sharpness.
A fine shot with your new equipment, tribute not only to that but to the photographer!
Thanks and best wishes,

Well, that gull was too big for you Alexei, or you need a 50 mm lens my friend, but still, the capture is very nice to watch from this close up...

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-11 13:37]

Hello Alexei
It's an impressive and amazing capture so sharp and clear in its movement. The exposure is also perfect showing the beautiful whites of the feathers. I'm sure that you will make lots of marvellous pictures with your new equipment and this shot is a prove of that.
Congratulations, my dear friend, and thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

Hola Alexei, no se como consigues esas tomas tan naturales, reales y bellas. Esta que ahora publicas es un ejemplo de todo ello. Has llevado la luz al extremo sin llegar a "quemar" el color y condsiguiendo gran realismo. Bon escuadre a pesar de ese atrevido corte.

Josep Ignasi.

perfect close Alexei!
well captured in flight with excellent brightness and pose with a large wings open
focus and fuzzy blue BG are the "icing on the cake"!!!
take care sERGIO

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-11 14:04]

Priviet Alex!

Looks like an angel floating in air. Perfect POV in my oppinion, excellent exposure. I'm not afraid - surely you'll be friend with your Nikon soon and every your picture will be as good as this one!

Hi Alexei.

Even the tip of the wings are partially clipped, I can still see the fine exhibition of skills and accuracy in your shot. In flight captures are envious as far as I am concerned. To have the image pin sharp as this is truly amazing. Brilliant work and another superb contribution to TN.

Well done and best regards.

Hello Alexei
nice to see your another great capture for Larus canus. Wonderful presentation. All thing great, from sharp details and POV to exposure and composition. You are right on the title, when I see it. flying is wonderful sense and I also wish to fly, as an old parachutist.
thanks for sharing. have a nice week, my friend

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-12 2:03]

Privet Alexei,
Excellent in flight shot.POV,tight framing,details,on white plumage,exposure and DOF are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

hello alexei,
fine capture of the bird in flight, you have managed exposure very well, nice to see shots like this when i login here between long breaks,
tfs & regards

Ciao Alexei, fantastic flying bird, superb focus and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-12 19:40]

Hello My Friend,
Outstanding image of this in flight gull. You have captured razor sharp details of this gull, with great lighting. Thank tou Alexei for sharing this excellent composition.

Hi Alex!

This already is a fairly good attempt. I know how difficult it is. I have tried to take gulls last summer with my new 70-200mm lens, and not only one picture was good. Here, the sharpness is perfect and shows rich details. The only disturbing element - from my point of view - is the brown-grey vertival line of the background on the left.

Kind regards


Une belle photo prise au non moment.
Bonne journée.

Hi Alexei,
this is a a very good in-flight shot with lots of details,
the exposure is perfect it's nice to these days.
I'm surprised that you got this good DOF with only F6.3i suppose you was very close. The BG is in nice bokeh and pretty clean.
Very good work, old friend.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-13 7:37]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic shot, very nice capture with a superb composition.
Superb detail,very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting.

Olá Alexei

Ótima captura deste pássaro em pleno vôo...quanta paz e liberdade ele nos passa...
Bonito trabalho e cores lindas.

Hi Alexei,
You captured very sharp details on this nice bird with unusual and interesting composition. The pastel colors of the background make him stands out well. We feel we can almost touch him. Well done and TFS,
PS. Tomorrow we are supposed to have - 50 degrees Celsius with wind factor, ouch!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-13 10:02]

Hello Alexei !
Amazing in(flight capture fot his bird ! There are excellent details on the fethers, and you laso managed the exposure very nicely,without over-exposing the bird. I also like the composition and the soft colos of the BG, it's lovely. Very well done !

Hello Alexei,

good composition of this gull with very much details in the feathers.
Maybe a little more outzooming, the both wings are cut off.
But so are this image also a jewel.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-13 11:58]

merhaba my friend, Alexei
good capture of this cute gull with interesting and different POV
i like BG, sharpness and details

Ciao Alexei,
meravigliosa immagine di gabbiano, fantastica definizione con dettagli impressionanti, complimenti per la perfetta esposizione e per lo straordinario utilizzo di questo ottimo zoom 80-200, eccellenti POV, DOF e taglio compositivo, bellissima la coda aperta ottima resa cromatica dei colori.

Hi Alexei,
Excellent exposure and tack sharp..You were very close.
Well seen from the diffuse BG & it's an interesting POV.
No matter the wings are clipped, this bird can really fly :)
Well done,

Hello Alexei,
Very good shot, excellent details, good sharpness and lovely natural colors.

Hi dear Alexei ,
Great details and nice pose.
Very well done.

Best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-13 21:13]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding close-up inflight shot and amazing how you freezed it. Immaculate sharpness and clarity and the lighting and exposure are handled perfectly. The hallmark of a genius, which you are. Congratulation for youe new equipment and I am sure to see such amazing additions to your ever amazing gallery now.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-14 1:21]

Hi Alexei

It's always a time for adjusting and another for making the best out of it...and you do well not to be affected by the fact that you didn't succeed from your first try. I think it's the same with everything.
Even so, i think this shot here is very beautiful and interesting.
Most in-flight show a complete bird with the sky in the BG...you chose a bigger close-up on the body and head, cutting the wings and therefore creating something interesting, new and probably even more dramatic. Very nice!
Also, i think this is very sharp - especially on the head - gorgeously saturated and very well exposed.
Overall, a very charming job!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-14 2:54]

Hi Alexei,
well, as always you do yourself justice! I like the close in framing here and the sharp focus and perfect exposure on the whites is superb, well done!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-14 14:29]

Hello Alexei
Excelent picture in the right moment, good colors and details, the composition is amazing.You have good elements in this capture.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-01-14 17:56]
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Hola Alexei.
Nice photo, very sharp and lovely colors, Nikon 80/200 is working as You expected?
You sure going to have a lot of geat photos with it, I know that.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-15 2:05]

Hi Alexei,
superbs clarity and excellent sharpness. These two strengths are enought ot make your shot stands out brilliantly.


Hi Alexei,

When i see tha shadow cast below the left wing and head, its give great balance and composition.Subject anchored tight on frame by cuting the wing and its work. Attractive eye. Great attempt from the superb full frame equip.TFS.


Hi Alexei,
CONGRATULATIONS for owning a new camera. A lovely capture of this flying gull to start with. Very well composed shot with excellent timing & sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Alexei,
Technically so well done. Add to your typical personal approach. Some kind of trademark if you wish.
Definitely the photographer at work here and not the tool which is probably very good?
Some day you'll fly;-)
Well done, Alexei!
Thanks for sharing...

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-15 12:52]

Hi Alexei!
A very good shot!
The sharpness is excellent.
Really good DOF.
Great composition.

Well done,

Privet Alexei,
Its so good all the details achieved on that white plumage. Not an easy thing.
I like the close approach and tight framing you've choose, to enjoy and better appreciate the dynamics of the seagull flight and all those feathers extended.
Willing to see the richness of your forthcoming full frame pictures
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best reagrds,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-01-15 17:28]

You seem to manage your superb new equipment correctly, Alexei, it's a matter of time to get used to it and get the shots you want! This is nice, though, perfectly sharp while the gull is moving, which is quite good to me, I couldn't do as good as you. You only missed the tips of the wings, next time will be perfect. Beautiful light, great sharpness, what more could you wish for! Add the pleasure to post on TN and our pleasure to read your always interesting notes! Thank you,


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-15 23:39]

Hello Alexei

A great shot - very good detail and this action shot.


HOla Alexei.

Bonita y inusual toma de una gaviota en vuelo que has conseguido con gran nitidez.

Jose Luis.

Your work BOGGLES MY MIND!!! How do you do this? SUCH CLARITY.
Mario with "MOST" friendly greetings.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2009-01-22 4:56]

Hi Alexei
Great composition. Good light,sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done mf


Dear Alexei,
majestic close-up, bringing the sea gull so close to the spectators that we seem to be able to sense its feelings.
Once more, a technical masterpiece from you, my dear friend - with an enormous spiritual appeal.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-26 1:07]

Hola Alexei,
original encuadre y buen pov.
magnífica nitidez y detalles.
saludos amigo.

Fabulous details. Great action frozen in time. Wonderful!

This is a lovely shot, Alexei, very well timed and perfectly exposed!I do wish you had the entire bird in your frame, but the artistic me finds this absolutely a stunning shot!
Excellent work, my friend!

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-01-28 11:00]

Hello Alexei
great exposition, details and focusing for a shot od this beautiful flying gull.
Wonderful sharpness and light: a great work even for your lens

Hi Alex
Another great photo of the flying gall. Perfecte sharpness, good exposure on white As always nothing to critique ;-)

Hi Alexei,
What a pity you cropped the wing tips off! I know it wasn't intentional, but the composition seems incomplete this way. I mean, crop more, or don't crop at all. Technical aspects are brilliant, but the image got a little more brightness than imho the optimal. But the real problem (for me) is the slightly unbalanced composition with huge empty space below the gull. Compared to the huge dose of your really excellent photos, this is just a test one. I see in the queue many people had different opinion than mine - am I so different?!
Best regards, László

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