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Wash and Brush up

Wash and Brush up
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm Hoya PL-CIR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-18 15:38
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Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken a a rare sunny day in November, it's amazing to look back at my shots and see what a difference good light makes. As with most Gulls, these Gulls can cause a major riot when competing for space or food. On this particular day all was quite in my local park and they were just preening and enjoying the warmth of the winter sun.

Black-Headed Gull
Larus ridibundus

Gulls (Laridae)

Not really a black-headed bird, more chocolate-brown - in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head. It is most definitely not a 'seagull' and is found commonly almost anywhere inland near water. Juveniles have ginger-brown mantle, shoulders, and wing feathers, but over the space of two years become more like the adults.

Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.

Where to see them
The commonest inland gull, particularly in N England, Scotland and Wales. Large colonies along the south and east coasts of England.

Worms, insects, fish and carrion.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-18 15:57]

Hi Debz, you are right about the light, it is fantastic on this one! We can see all the details and the colours are so bright and beautiful. I really like the pose of the gull and you made a very nice composition with it. The background is smooth and it is a great shot. Thanks!


Hi Debz,
All of the many hues of blue and shades of white simply make this a delightful image. Could not have been done without perfect exposure and focus. BG is very complimentary to the Gull. Very nice work.
Best Wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-18 16:40]

Hi Debz,

I love this shot of the gull!! Perfect pose and as you said, perfect lighting. The colors are magnificent. The details are razor sharp. The feathers and the face are amazing. The background is a dream. A favorite of mine for sure.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-18 16:57]

Hello Deborah,
Your great camera work has taken full advantage of the good lighting in this splendid composition. Thanks for the great image and note Deborah.

Hi Deborah,
birds always look so clean because they preen and preen and the bird in this shot is well seen.You are so very right about good light making all the difference in the outcome of a photo shoot.In this shot you have very nice side lighting that makes the animal look more 3D like and that pose is not run of the mill either as it adds interest to a common subject.An excellent focus,great colour and a fab point of view bring this gull to life.I like it. Thanks for showing us this lovely action shot. Bob

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-12-18 20:42]

Hi Deborah,
Nice picture of this Black-Headed Gull. I like the dynamic of the composition and the rich colours as well. TFS
Regards, Mario

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-18 22:47]

Hello Deb,
Very beautiful capture of this Gull
Excellent pose by the bird, superb sharpness and
great composition.. Well done


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-12-18 22:52]

Moment d'intimité saisie au bon instant.
Bonne journée.

Hello Deborah
splendid shot with an wonderfull lighting, perfect focus and great deeph of field,
lovely pose and excellent composition,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-18 23:07]

Hi Deborah,
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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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-18 23:16]
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Hi Deborah

I like the pose and the clear winter light. The gull stands out well because of the low light and shadows. The detail in every feather is great.

We have a lot of Black-Headed Gulls in Cambridgeshire, but interestingly, we now have increasing numbers of Lesser Black-Backed Gulls too.


bonjour deborah
belle attitude de l'oiseau,il est parfaitement net et relativement detaillé.
l'exposirtion est maitrisée.bien vu.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-19 1:44]

Very, very, very sharp photo Deborah!
The detail is immense!
Funny pose you have captured here and your POV is perfect!
Well composed as well.
Perfect lighting and natural colours.
Those orange legs are very cool :)
Great DOF that gives the BG a nice blur and so doen't distract from the gull.
Well done,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-19 7:47]

Hola Deborah.- Muy hermosa la foto de esta Gaviota. El fondo difuso luce exelente. La pose muy hermosa, y una muy interesante la nota.
Saludos Luis52.

Hello Debz,
Amazing sharpness with perfect exposure and focus of this great composition of yours, my compliment!
very delightful and pleasing photo to view and enjoy!
best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-19 13:32]

Hi Debz. You have captured a very clear shot of this bird. as you say the sun light makes all the difference. excellent detail and colours. a nice pOV. well done TFS.

Hello Debz a fine sharp capture with great DOF control good pose and fine light/exposure nice highlight detail best rgds Necip.

Hi Debz, strange pose for this gull, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Good lighting and sharpness. This is an Lovely picture

Hola Deborah, una preciosa toma la que nos muestras con una potente luz pero bien controlada. Me encanta el equilibrio del conjuto así como el encuadre.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hi Deborah,
Unusual pose smartly caught.
Good colours. Maybe a little over-sharpened judging by the outline.
I like it.

Hello Deborah,
Nice capture of this fun looking activity!
Super details in the bird, that looks like very dedicated to the task at hand...
A fine, well balanced composition with attractive colours!
Pablo -

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-22 13:19]

Hi Debz

I'm glad I read your note, I was about to ask where you got the sunshine from! Wonderfully close, sharp and detailed image. Great POV, I love the pose and the composition is excellent



beautiful pic, u have the skill to catch very intimate moments, perhaps this pic is a little too sharpened? happy holidays, Ori

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-23 11:38]

Hello Deborah
The colours are rich and deep in this shot.
I like the action you have caught as the bird preens.
Very well focused with lovely plumage detail.
The lighting is natural and well handled with very good exposure.


Hi Deborah,

Great shot. Superb POV and the lighting is very good. The handled the expose well.
I like it

Hi Deborah,
brilliant colours, tack sharp details, wonderful light, a most elegant composition - and what a charming pose!
Looks as if you have been working as a celebrated fashion photographer for Vogue before turning on water birds.
All my best wishes to you - Happy New Year!

I totally missed this one Deborah.
Wow. The action is great as is the details and focus.
Rich colours and a good POV make this spectacular.
Best regards.

Hallo Debz
What a swanky Gull you have here. A lovely image to look at. A beautiful close up filled with a variety of details. I just love the orange legs and snow white plumage at the bottom of its body. I like the way the bird is grooming itself and the pose you have managed to capture is really eye-catching. A very special moment. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-30 3:53]

Hello Debz,
This is a fine action shot, the Black-headed Gull is taken in excllent lighting as he preens his feathers. Technically this image is first rate and the composition and OOF couldn't be better.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-02-02 8:08]

Hi Debz,
Superb work. Spot-on exposure in what could have been a difficult situation. That in turn renders some great detail, sharpness is perfect (for my eyes at least :-)) I don't think it's oversharpened, I don't see any halo effect anywhere. Looks right on the mark to me. As you say light is great and good colour too. Nice offset composition, nothing I could even suggest to improve this.
Keep well,

This one has that something special Deb..I like it!
The POV, details, and composition are excellent, great light here :)
Very well done,

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