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And stretch...

And stretch...
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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED, Digital RAW, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Richmond park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-24 13:11
Viewed: 3194
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken at the same sort of time as my other gull photo although a very different shot.
Liked this particular photo because of the full stretch of his wings whilst hovering, also like the water droplet falling in front of him!
Took me a while to get this, very windy at time and gulls were all over the place. Because of high ISO in PP I used neatimage to reduce some grainyness in the background, also sharpened and cropped to emphasise wings.
Here is link to other shot I liked which also contains info on the blackheaded gull:


Cheers thanks for looking!


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Hello Simon,
Impressive the great quality seen on the bird.
Their feathers seems so whites, and the grey ones so clean...the whole bird has a smooth appearance.
Very good frontal POV.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
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Hello Simon,
Great timing to capture the full wing spread. Good exposure and great detail, I like the crop too, it emphasises the posture of the bird well. I think perhaps a little too much neatimage as you've lost some detail (the shadowed side of the birds flank) but a minor nit. If I have high noise I sometimes use noise-reduction on the subject and the background separately, it's a little more work but worth the result.

Hi Simon,
Another solid image. Excellent composition and timing. I second Adrians comment regarding noise reduction. Too much and the detail falls away. I personally try to keep below iso 400 with the d200 for birds. Feather detail can suffer with the higher iso. Looking at your exif data you could have shot a bit wider open and pulled your iso back. Typically I shoot wide open with my lenses for inflights...or one stop closed down...usually around F4 to F5.6.

Hi Simon,
Good picture. Nice light. Great sharpness.

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