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Puffin Around

Puffin Around
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-17 9:45
Viewed: 4177
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello everyone - back home again. Hope Horia is having a good time with Paul, Nick, Jai and Joe in Dorset.

It is getting to 'Puffin Time' again so I am uploading this shot last year on Skomer - sea bird Mecca off the Pembrokeshire coast.

pekkavalo1, gracious, Royaldevon, marhowie, Adanac, haraprasan, hester, iris has marked this note useful
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-17 9:50]

Hi James,

The Puffin is number one on my list of birds I would like to see. They are the cutest things - look like toys. I love the profile view showing off that unusual face. Wonderful colors and details and a lovely setting.


Hi James

Have been down to Dancing Ledge looking for these recenly but they have been hiding from me. You have caught a classic expression here, well played that man. Top work all round as per the norm.


Hi James,

Excellent capture of one of my favourite birds. Like this they often seem to be hardly thinking of something. Very good pose and composition, great colours an lighting, good low POV and pin sharp details.



Hello James
You have a lovely rolling aspect from the fg to the bg ..It really gives a true depth to the picture..Incredible work at 200mm.
A very good Sunday to you James

Hello James,
Beautiful Puffin image with a beautiful surrounding with those little flowers!
the lighting here is so beautiful with good sharpness, nice colour and details
many thanks and a great weekend!

Hello James,
This one is really enjoying its garden...
Nice light involved.
TFS and a good weekend

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-05-17 13:56]

OLa James,
ótima foto muito interessante esta ave ficou muito boa imagem parabéns.

Glad to have you back, James.

This really is a fabulous shot!
The colours and the details of the plummage and beak are excellent.
Great b/g and very nicely composed.
Like you, I love Pembrokeshire. Sadly when I have been there, I have been too late for the puffins.
One day ....

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your warm comments on 'Nervously Feeding'.

Very nice shot of this puffin James.
Your color, exposure, detail, and composition look very good.
Lovely scene with all those daisies throughout the frame.

Hi James

Fine shot of your puffin, though he looks lost in a bed of flowers, rather than out at sea.
Very attractive composition and good sharpness.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-17 20:19]

Hello James,
Glad your safely home from Dubai and what a lovely image of this puffin. The composition is wonderful with the puffin on a bed of greenery dotted with white flowers. Incredible colors and nice details, thank you Sir.

Hi James,
A lovely capture of this puffin. Very good details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-18 2:08]

hello James,
I love the "Puffin time"-pictures from you. I remember others with these cute Camomilla-flowers. Very natural scene and light.
Thanks a lot

Hey James
These guys are really cool! The lovely foreground really gives this image a boost. Nice lighting and I like the side on view of his head.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-18 2:32]

Hello James,
Very beautiful presentation of this Puffin and surroundings. Excellent composition with a nice pose. Wonderful natural colours, ending in the dark BG.

Hello James
Welcome back with this lovely capture
Superb composition with sharp details and very natural colours

These have to be the most fascinating creatures on earth - - - I just love the look!
Great composition. Wonderful colors.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-18 12:58]

Hi James,
this is a fab shot!
This Puffin looks great amongst the daisy-like flowers and green mat of plants :-)
Lovely colours and light.
I love the composition!
How close can you get to these puffins?

Cheers James!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-18 14:07]

Hi James

I have always wanted to see a puffin. I am hoping to stop off at a small icelandic island that has puffins in June - so I may get my chance. Skomer Island looks wonderful.

This shot is lovely with pin sharp details, a great composition and perfect DOF. I love the carpet of plants it is standing on.



wonderful scene and a great shot of this lovely bird, James. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-20 21:20]

Hello James

Puffins are so photogenic.
Nicely placed in the frame on a bed of daisies.
The lighting and colours are wonderful.
I would love to see puffins some day...I must travel to the east coast and find some.lol.
Well done.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-01 21:13]

Hi James,
Hope you are having a great time on your vaccation.
Meanwhile i found this Puffin in your gallery.Now these are birds i have never come across in my real life...and i hope some day on one of my visits i shall be able to see them.Their head and face provide such an interesting physical characteristic study. I like the way you got it right on the gound making this PoV quite admirable.The details on the Puffin is highlighted by the natural light falling on it and illuminated vegetation around also adds to the fineness of the composition.
Very well done.
TFS & cheers

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