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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: 2009-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, Marumi 77 mm DHG Lens Protect
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-05 8:39
Viewed: 4868
Points: 146
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I watched my third series of in-flight gull pictures which I took in a week after second one I decided to continue to shares shots from second series :).

That time my wife assisted me. We brought bread with ourselves to the sea shore and she began to feed the gulls by throwing pieces of bread in the sky high up. Every time many gulls rushed to the bread creating wonderful scenes.

It was great training for me. I have taken many action shots and as usual, only few of them turned out pretty good.

I hope you will like them too.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-05 8:40]

Hello Alexei
Perfect capture with great details, wonderful colors too.

Hi Alexei,
A beautiful capture of these gulls in flight. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Nice action captured.

Witaj Aleksiej,
Uncommon scene!Superb photo!
Best regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-05 8:52]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent capture.Timing is amazing.I liked POV,colors,lighting,BG,framing and a lot.

WOOOOOOW Alexei, amazing capture of fantastic sky acrobat,perfect focus, great contrast against blue sky, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-05 9:21]

Hello Alexei,
What a superb capture of these Gulls competing for food! I'm very impressed by your timing and details and colours look wonderful against the blue sky. Lovely framing too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-05 9:24]

Hi Alexei,

Well captured action,I suppose your wife can join the baseball team after this training,very nice composition with superb camera skills,hope you enjoy the D700,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-05 9:47]

Hello Alexei
A very good composition ,I really like the BG sky.Very good focus and fine detail in the gulls.You have captured two nice poses.very good POV.Nicely done.TFS
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-05 10:01]

Privet Alex,
It's a magnificent action shot.POV,timing,composition and clear details are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-02-05 10:09]

Hi Alexei,

you did it! This is outstanding photography worthy of highest praise. A lot of things must concur to achieve such a shot, not least of all it takes an expert photographer like you are. I raise my hat, Alexei!

Best regards

Hi Alexei,
what a spectacular picture of two gulls taken from an excellent POV, just at right moment you have captured this great action of the in-flight birds; the sharpness is outstanding, i like the brilliant colours in a very nice composition.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-02-05 10:17]

Witaj Aleksiej,
świetne zdjęcie akcji! Trudno jest uchwycić taki moment, to naprawdę majstersztyk fotografii! Głębia ostrości jest doskonała, kolory naturalne i bez "przepaleń". Ciężko jest fotografować pod światło, a Tobie się to udało! Brawo...
Dziękuję i pozdrawiam

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-05 10:21]

Hi Alexei . Your wife has done a good job and throwing it high so you were able to take some good pictures. I like this one with the teo birds in the air. very good in flight shots and to get two in the same frame in focus with good detail. The gulss stand out so well from the blue sky of the BG. well done TFS.

hello Alexei!
the ballet for taking a piece of bread ..
fantastic catch in flight with excellent definition and detail....

best sERGIO

very nice alexei!
sharp with a great situation!
well done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-05 10:49]

Hi Alexei,
superb skill and timing to capture this moment..perfect exposue and DOF, very impressive as always.

This moment is spectacular, Alexei, it can't be captured better - perfect - that's all what I can say, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Alexei
You have proved that great images are not lucky captures...There needs to be forethought and planning to a great capture as you have displayed here by asking your wife to throw the bread at just the right time.
As for your photography...F6.3 was perfect to achieve a fast shutter and sharp details in both birds...I can almost tell the brand of bread!!
All the Best

I like very much the subject "animals in action" and this is an amazing capture ,
very beautiful details , great position of the birds in flight , wonderful colours and perfect contrast ,
perfect capture Alexei!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-05 12:14]

Hello Alexei,
This is an amazing action shot!
Both you and your wife did a fine job in attracting and catching these gulls as they try to catch the pieces of bread.
The timing is wonderful and the high shutterspeed helped the sharpness.
Of course one usually needs many attempts to get a good shot but this is a real winner and the lighting against the blue sky is perfect!
Well done both of you and thank you Alexei for delighting us with this fine capture.
Best reagrds,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-02-05 13:00]

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful capture, I like this shot very much.. Great POV,
and excellent composition... Well done


Privet Alexei,
Is not only the action in the shot, but also the poses got and the composition.
They're so good. An excellent aerial choreography performed by that couple.
The feeding idea worked great.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

A fine, almost synchronized mid-air ballet expertly captured, as usual Alexei, both performers are caught quite sharp with movements perfectly frozen. Very good image my friend, TFS it indeed!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-05 15:39]

Hi Alex,i'm happy when i see incredibles pics like that! It's simply fantastic,there is a group of professional photographer on TN...and in this group you are surely one of the first,georgious work,my great compliments,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-05 15:42]

Hi Alex,

This is phenomenal. Your wife has a good arm! I have no doubt that these gulls caught the bread and had a nice snack. Your timing was excellent to capture them with their beaks wide opened. The positions of the birds are terrific with wonderful details of the wings, faces and legs. They are beautiful against the blue sky. Great shot and I hope we see more like this.


Hi Alexei,
Excellent capture of this pair of Gulls chasing food; great POV, composition, timing, sharp details and great lighting.

Hello Alexei
Very good action shot of this two gulls catching pieces of bread
in flight. you have frozen they in a nice pose just at the right moment, great sharpness and wonderful blue sky
TFS Jacqueline

hello Alexei

superb photography of the acrobatic flight of these birds, the gulls,
shot with fine POV and the the good moment, beautiful luminosity
of the image with great sharpness and details of the birds, TFS


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2009-02-05 22:09]

Hello Alexei

Absolutely brilliant action shot with a story in it. You've frozen two different maneuvers of these Gulls in flight. Details, composition and colors are fantastic.
Thanks for sharing

hello alex,
you timing toi click is perfect here, you have freezed the moment so well, the focus is spot on with great results, the exposure is well done and the blue sky offers perfect bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hallo Alexei
A beautifully display of colour and motion. You have captured the details of this in gulls in the air with great success. I especially like the clarity of the opened beaks and the perfectly shaped wings. You've frozen the action so well it seems as if is done without effort. These birds has an impressive wingspan and is well displayed against your background, it almost looks like a parachute opening, or a little girls dress whilst dancing. Thanks for sharing and tell your wife I said thanks for helping you to achieve such a delightful image with your camera.
Kind regards

Super shot. Many times you have to use tricks to get good pictures. well done., Mpost beautiful action picture.

It requires high degree of expertise to capture birds in flight, especially doing antics of this nature, Alexei.
Being a very gifted photographer, you have mastered this approach with great efficacy and finesse.
The Gulls and the crumbs your wife tossed in the air are perfectly captured in this action shot.
The Gulls look beautiful against the blue sky.
Thanks for sharing this prize shot and best regards.

Hello Alexei,
Great job, this is a fantastic action photo, focus,composition,light... all perfect
TFS this beautiful photo

And your wife threw pretty well:-)
Funny pic with a good depth of field including both birds.
I guess the camera is handheld here. I was thinking about a tripod (probably due to the availability of your assistant) but I guess at a 1/1600 shutter speed there's no camera shake risk? Wonder what your opinion about the former is.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-06 7:48]

Hi Alexei
Outstanding in flight capture .Good POV and very sharp image.Excelelnt detail and lovely BG color.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-06 8:21]

Hello Alexei,
What a superb action photo! The timing and composition are perfect. Fantastic sharpness and details. Splendid contrasting colours against the very beautiful blue sky.

Alexei, eres un MAGO de la fotografía. Eres capaz de captar momentos inverosímiles como en esta fotografía con gran naturalidad y además belleza. No es la primera vez que lo haces.
Un buen control de los blancos y una justa velocidad de obturación, además del ángulo correcto, crean una gran instantánea:
enhorabuena !

Un abrazo y te deseo un buen fin de semana:
Josep Ignasi.

Hi Alex
Fantastic observation and fantastic photo. Perfect timing, great exposure, good contrast and beautiful blue background

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-02-06 16:13]

Hello Alexei,

Great scene captured :)beautiful!

fantastic action shot!


Hello Alexei,
This is a stunning action shot! Your settings were perfect to capture excellent details on both bird and to freeze their movement well! The contrast between their white color and the blue sky is amazing! A great shot! Greetings,

Dear Alexei,
my goodness, what next?!
Keen acrobats in action, captured with amazing precision in perfect elegance, in a most elegant artistic composition.
Dear friend, I adore your skills, power, persistence, and creativity. My congratulations!
With thanks, and best regards,

Olá Alexei

Espetacular esta foto...incrível momento muito bem capturado. Belíssima composição.
Cores maravilhosas e belos detalhes com ótima nitidez.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-07 22:19]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot and you have captured a fantastic moment with superb clarity and perfect exposure. The blue sky as BG looks great as a backdrop and I love this 'feeding time' moment. Very skillfully done, as you can only.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-07 23:25]

Hello Alexei !
Wow, what a brilliant shot ! You managed to get two birds in your picture, each of them captured with sharp details, in a ffantastic pose ! Your timing pwas perfect to be able to catch them like that ! The blue sky and the composition are wonderful, too. This is just PERFECT. Probably one of the best picture from these gulls that was ever taken ! :-) Very well done !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-08 2:22]

Hi Alexei,
a superb catch of the birds in action. I like its gestures and characters shown in your well and fast capture.
Great clarity and excellent composition.


Hi Alexei,

Very clean and sharp.I like the gull action from below go up, its realy nice like dancing bird. Nice light.TFS.


Hello Alexei,
An excellent idea that your wife helped you throwing pieces of bread, since you obtained a very dynamic photo, with pretty and funny aerial poses of the gulls. A nice and original way to photograph birds

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-08 9:03]

They just look like dancing birds, Alexei, it is beautiful to see both birds like this against a perfectly blue sky as a background. They seem to enjoy this a lot, for sure, and they are so graceful and beautiful, Thank you Alex, this is a fine series of pictures,


Hello Alexei
Nice image with good elements, the colors are natural and strong, the details are clean.
The composition is amazing

Hi Alexei
Very funny pose. Clear details. Excellent timing. I'm not surprise you had quite some miss when doing that. Good job.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-02-08 13:00]

Hi Alexei, This is a fine photo of action, shows how good at flight these gulls are when there is some fresh food about. The clarity is excellent and the blue skies the best backdrop anywhere. TFS. Murray.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-08 13:06]

hello my dear friend
wonderful capture with perfect timing of these hungry gulls
dynamic composition, POV, sharpness and details are great

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-08 20:21]

Hi Alex!

This picture simply is superb! The title suits the subject very well, and I especially like the dynamics in the scenery. Everything is crystal clear! Very well done!

Kind regards


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-08 21:54]

Hello Alexei,
You Have captured a ballet in the sky. Your work is always so incredibly sharp and colorful and this image is no different my friend. Brilliant work Alexei.

Thank you, Alexei, it is another delightful shot!
The birds are both very sharply focussed despite the obvious speed of their movement.
I love how they appear to be performing an aerial ballet as a result of your fine composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-10 6:42]

Hi Alexei,
A great capture of these gulls in flight.
exellent composition

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-02-10 15:21]

Hola Alexei.
Beautiful photo. Lovely colors. Nice camera and lens work. You did an excellent photo here.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2009-02-10 23:13]

Un bon réflexe. Bravo.
Bonne journée

Hi dear Alexei ,
So nice and excellent capture at interesting moment.

Perfect work

Kind regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-15 12:04]

Genial captura Alexei,
colores y disparo realmente efectivo,
saludos amigo.

Hi Alexei,
These two look wonderful juxtaposed this way.
I especially like the gulls pose bottom..Very cool!
And very well done, with the technical aspects right on the money :)

Hi Alexei,

Flawless image of the duo framed so well in action. The sharp image with pieces of bread is stunning against the spotless blue sky. Excellent image from the full frame precision equipment. TFS and warmest regards.


Hi Alexei,
first of all I want to thank you for your nice critics :)

Those inflight shots of the gulls are great. I love them.
Great moments you captured there with excellent sharpness.

TFS Tatjana

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-04-06 17:58]

Hello Alexei-

Hope you have been well. Somehow I missed this wonderful shot until now, when I've been spending some time browsing many older posts. Here you have two excellent and unusual poses in one frame. I especially like the lower one, with the whole bird, feet to neck to bill, anticipating the tasty morsel. No graininess visible despite a slightly elevated ISO- very nice. Your explanation to Annick is very helpful also.

Best regards,

Amazing action shot, Alexei! Nice timing!
Great focus and very sharp image.
Congratulations and TFS, friend.


Hola Alexei.

Que buena esta imagen con las gaviotas disputando las migas de pan en posturas acrobaticas.
Gran trabajo como acostumbras con gran definicion a pesar del movimiento de las aves.

Jose Luis,

I thought our sea gulls were tame; looks like they are truely tame in your part of the world.
They "dance" in the air [ballet] just for you.
MARVELOUS imagery.
Thank you soooo much.
Mario from FULLY SNOW COVERED Calgary.
P.S. We had about 20cm. snow last night.

Wow... this is an absolute beauty. Seems like poetry in motion. Excellent colours and composition too. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Alexei,
This is a superb photo from all points of view...composition, colors, sharpness, POV. Couldn't be any better! No wonder it's received 136 points!!

hello Alex
beautiful game,exceptional freeze of scene with very good output in colours and details,great photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-21 5:20]

Hi Alexei,

Your 'in flight gull serie' is really great. Very sharp and nice composed photo's. The blue background adds much. My compliments!


Privet Alexei,
This series of you is extremely pleasant. Breathtaking again... Checking out your gallery is a great training to Average Joes like me about what photography really is... Fantastic job. Bravo.
Best regards, László

Hello Alexei,
Watching your pictures....excellent picture of this one.What a timing!Great sharpness with natural colour.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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