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Greetings from the Christmas Puffin!

Greetings from the Christmas Puffin!
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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: 2007-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-20 3:14
Viewed: 6303
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am leaving for the airport in a few minutes, so this is probably my last posting before Christmas. I will try and get online when I can, but will not be back in the UK until late January. So, Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all my TN friends.

OK - so there is no such thing as a Christmas Puffin - but should Rudolph not show, this little fellow thinks it could do the job just as well!

haraprasan, eqshannon, fartash, jaycee, Juyona, Adanac, horia, nainnain, hester, rousettus, marhowie, rcrick has marked this note useful
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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-20 3:23]

Excellent capture James!
The eye-level POV is fantastic!
Great lighting and colours.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in whatever country you will be in ;)
Well done and regards,

Hi James.
What a great shot, so sharp and what a pose on the puffin, well done and TFS,
Nick :-)

hello james,
wish you too a happy christmas and a new year, what a fine post for this festive time, the puffin has been captured in a beautiful pose with lovely colours and beautiful composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-20 4:08]

And a Happy Christmas to you, too, James!
Great capture of a Puffin with fine sharpness and colours, looking suitably festive for the time of year, though he has lost his colours now. Have a good holiday!
Best wishes, Ivan

Namastay James,
A beautiful bird and a very good capture. You have captured it with a nice composition with very good details. BTW where are you going? Is this a photography trip or Christmas vacation or some other work. Any way happy journey and best of luck. Please do visit TN if you have some time at some Cybercafe. Thanks a lot for sharing and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-20 5:15]

Bonjour James,

Bravo pour cette parfaite photo. Les couleurs sont justes et l'exposition parfaite.


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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2007-12-20 6:34]


So photogenic . You really captured this one well.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-20 6:44]

hello James,
Thanks for your greetings and the touching Puffin.
I wish you a nice stay in New Zealand
Best regards

HA! What a grand short story! I was already laughing at the title. Christmas Puffin indeed. Theyare a one of kind bird are they not? It's like a rose is a rose..A Puffin cannot camouflage itself. And what would it wear for Halloween? No trickery here...A Puffin is a Puffin..

Hello James,

Just marking.

Hello James,
Nice image...
Good composition.
Excellent colors and sharpness..

Beautiful Puffin shot James.
Sweet pose and POV.
Have a wonderful holidays as you travel safely.

Hello James
Excellent shot of this beautiful Puffin,
Perfect focusing ,colors and BG,Welldone.


Merry cristmas and have a nice vacation. This picture is a very good picture. All the parameters are perfect.
Goutham R

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2007-12-20 10:43]

Hi James
This is a wonderfull picture.
Very natural color and sharp details.
well done

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  • Ric Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 20] (146)
  • [2007-12-20 11:08]

Hi James,
Precious photo with a nice composition.
Excellent colours, sharpness and BG.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-20 11:30]

Great shot James, sharp and clear with a lovely pose. Have a safe journey and merry xmas!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-20 12:18]

Hi James,

I just love these puffins - would love to see a real one some day. The pose is superb. Beautiful colors and fine details. Have a wonderful trip and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Hello James

Merry Christmas and a Hapy New Year 2008
(and good & safe travel)

the composition of your image is great,
the colours of the subject are beautiful
and the details are excellent

but it is your low pov that i like most,
it is like if you where on the ground
when you took this photo, TFS


Hello James,
Beautiful captured of this cute fellow!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
the exposure and focus is spot on
well done and well seen

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-21 3:26]

Hi James,
Just marking this wonderful post for the moment, lest I miss it, and will come back with a proper critique later.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-21 5:12]

Hola James,
espléndido trabajo y bello retrato y color,
buen pov,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-21 10:44]

Hi James

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you, too my friend!
(i may be a little late due to my internet problem but) Have a save flight and a great trip and come back with GBs of terrific photos just like this one :)
Thanks to mr. puffin here, for the nice wishes, as well :))
He looks stunning - very neat and sharp, well colored and nicely presented with this shallow DOF that isolizes him perfectly.

Cheers and TFS

bonsoir james
oh là là quelle netteté pour cette image, bon focus , des couleurs parfaites et nettes
bravo et merci du partage

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-21 12:35]

Hello James.
Cuteness off the scale. This is a razor sharp, colorful composition. I love the water droplets on his plummage.
Thanks James for the great posting and have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-21 13:21]

Hello James,
I'm sorry my friend, don't have a lot of time today
so, congratulations for capturing a superb picture.
Very well done..


Hi James!
Beautiful picture for Christmas occassion :)
Colours of this bird really correspond with these days :)
Have a nice and fruitful trip!

I think I would like to live among the puffins. ha ha
Just wonderful!
Have a wonderful trip, a Merry Christmas, and great 2008!

bonjour james
extra,j'aime beaucoup cet oiseau et surtout lorsqu'il est aussi bien presenté qu'ici.
l'image est parfaite.

Hello James,
This colourful fellow is captured in this fine pose!
Good point of view makes the bird stand out well on the non-intrusive background...
Excellent details in the plumage!
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-23 8:53]

Hi James

The Christmas Puffin sounds like a great idea. You could make a whole story up about that. I hope you enjoy whereever you are going (and I hope you can get back with the BAA on strike!). Beautiful close up and sharp image. The low POV is stunning



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-26 16:34]

Hi James,
Missed this one... Great capture of this puffin. Lighting, clarity, colors, pose, focus and sharpness are very nice.
Wishing you a Happy New year
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-18 21:43]

Hello James

A beautiful Puffin.
These birds are so photogenic and this one is no exception.
Wonderful plumage detail and colouration.
The low POV is excellent and the DOF is well handled.
The grey OOF BG makes a very good back drop.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-20 23:08]

Hello James,
I'm very sorry to have missed your Christmas Puffin, it is gorgeous and technically excellent! I expect you're back now and hope we'll see more from you soon!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello James,
where are you? I miss your shots from various parts of the world. You are absent for 32 day after this great shot. I hope you are very well and busy with such great captures.
take care and best wishes

Hi James,
Excellent POV/pose and detail here, Very nice!

Excellent capture James!
Just excellent, POV, composition, lighting, all perfect, well done, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi James
It is beautiful. Great compo, perfect sharpness and exposure. nice contrast between gray sky white and black feathers. The gree grass in foreground makes a special taste.
I like it very much

Hi James,
Those birds always remind me of a kind of clown :) This is an excellent capture with superb composition, natural exposure, great details and perfect neutral background that makes your lovely subject stands out well. I like to see those little droplets :) Well done and TFS,

Perfectly executed shot, I love the way you filled in the frame so one can enjoy all the wonderous detail in this beautiful bird. TFS. :)

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