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"Art of love"

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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): posts with a difference, Family Matters 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-22 23:19
Viewed: 5724
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 150
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This couple is taken last week near Buyukcekmece Lake.

Common Tern
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. This bird has a circumpolar distribution breeding in temperate and sub-Arctic regions of Europe, Asia and east and central North America. It is strongly migratory, wintering in the subtropical and tropical oceans. It is sometimes known as the sea swallow.
This is a medium-sized tern, 34-37 cm long with a 70-80 cm wingspan. It is most readily confused within its range with the similar Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea and Roseate Tern Sterna dougalli.
Its thin sharp bill is red with a dark tip. Its longish legs are also red. Its upperwings show a dark primary wedge, unlike Arctic, in which they are uniformly grey. Its long tail extends only to the wingtips on the standing bird, unlike Arctic and Roseate Terns, which extend past the wingtips. It is not as pale as Roseate Tern, and has longer wings.
In winter, the forehead and underparts are white. Juvenile Common Terns show extensive ginger coloration and lack the scaly appearance of juvenile Roseate Terns.
The call is a clear piping, like Arctic Tern but lower pitched and less strident.
Common Tern
This species breeds in colonies on coasts and islands and often inland on suitable freshwater lakes. This latter practice is assisted by the provision of floating "tern rafts" to give a safe breeding area. It lays two to four eggs. Like many white terns, it is very defensive of its nest and young and will attack humans and other large predators, but unlike the more aggressive Arctic Tern rarely hits the intruder, usually swerving off at the last moment.
Like all Sterna terns, the Common Tern feeds by plunge-diving for fish, from either the sea or freshwater lakes and large rivers. It usually dives directly, and not from the "stepped-hover" favoured by Arctic Tern. The offering of fish by the male to the female is part of the courtship display. Common terns are known to reach an age of 23 years or more on occasion (Austin, 1953).
The old Scottish word for the Common Tern is pictar, occasionally encountered in Scotland and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.
The Common Tern is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Taken on tripod.
Camera:Canon 1ds Mark III
Lens:Canon EF 500mm f4
AI focusing
ISO 400
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Sharpness 3

Have a great week and thanks for looking!

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Günaydın Ömer Bey. Bu ne kadar güzel bir sahne hakikaten "aşk sanatı". Nefis bir poz olmuş elinize emeğinize sağlık. selamlar.

Hi Omer Bey, what a great action shot and superb POV. All are perfect. Great shot. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-22 23:50]

Exposure perfection! Outstanding color, excellent detail. Dramatic pose and wonderful composition! Great nature shot. BRAVO!

Merhaba Omer,
compliment for such a quality shot which I loved a lot!
I loved the colour and lighting particularly! truly beautiful!
the image is sharp with great details
well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-23 0:47]

Hello Omer,
What a brilliant capture, very well-timed!! I love the composition and the Common Terns are such beautiful birds. Excellent focus and sharpness and their colours look lovely against the greay smooth background. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Offf .... Harikaaaaa.... Müthiş bir an ve müthiş bir enstantane yakalamışsınız Ömer Bey. Tam bir action shot olmuş. Kompozisyon da, olay da konudaki detaylar ve renkler de hepsi 1st number! Elinize sağlık. İyi bir yeni hafta dileklerimle...


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-23 1:21]

Merhaba Ömer bey, mükemmelll...her açıdan nefis...insanın durup seyredesi geliyor. Teşekkürler.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-23 1:50]

Hello Omer!

Beautifull scene. You were really lucky to capture this one. Great moment, feelings and mood. Technically perfect.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-06-23 2:08]

Merhaba Ömer,
Oldukça ilginç ve bir o kadar estetik sahneyi mükemmel yakalamışsın. Netlik, renkler ve detaylar da kusursuz. Elinize sağlık.

Spettacolare momento di cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione con le sterne sulle rocce e lo splendido BG, straordinaria nitidezza, fantastici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Omer
Such exquisite colour you have got on the Terns. I love the moment of capture. This is a ripper...TFS

Very nice photo and good notes.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-23 4:06]

Hello Omer,
Impressive scene in wonderful colours. Excellent POV, composition and sharpness. Very beautiful OOF BG. Great timing!

Hello Omer,
Wonderful action shot!you have capture a very great moment with superb sharpness and details,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-23 5:53]

Merhaba Ömer bey sumru adasının güzellerişnden nefis bir kare olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

There is some symphony and rhythm to this capture, Omer.
In other words, it is a lyrical image.
The grey of the rocks and of the back-ground goes extremely well with the colour of the Terns and highlights their red beaks.
Hats off to your art and to your technical acumen.
Thanks and all the best for your next masterpiece.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-23 9:16]

Hi Omer,

You've done it again! Perfect clarity, colors, composition. and remarkable subjects. This lovemaking looks like a Tern Ballet. Just beautiful. You froze them perfectly - the wing positions, the heads, the bodies - an amazing shot.


Hello Ömer , very artistic pose ,shrpnss good , POV is original but whites is a little underexposured . TFS and good luck .

Hi Omar,

What an suburp capture of these birds.
Good compositin with beautiful colours and good of sharpness.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-23 13:39]

Merhaba Omer Bey,
Sumrular herzamanki gibi cok estetik duruyorlar. Zamanlamaniz ve yakaladiginiz poz cok guzel. Elinize saglik

Merhaba omer...Cok sanatsal ve guzel bir kompozisyon olmus...Harika bir goruntu ve renk mukemmel...Naturel bir kare...Tebrik ederim...Calismalarinizda basarilarinizin devamini dilerim...Saygilar, Leyla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-23 21:11]

Hello Omer

A tack sharp image with wonderful detail.
Lovely lighting and colour saturation.
The beaks and feet are striking.
Well timed.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-24 2:02]

Omer, this is another one of your awesome photos of the birds.
Beautifully captured, good details and colours. And the lighting is just right too,
Thank you

Hello Omer, this is very fine stopped action and detail seen with these two terns. The simple composition with the two birds and the rock, with that great sky as a backdrop is very effective. Lighting throughout is very good.

Thanks, John

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-24 3:41]

Hi Omer,
another first class shot from you, excellent composition and timing, a well planned and executed shot.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-24 4:33]

Hello Omer,
A great capture of a pair of Common Terns going through the feeding pair-bonding ritual. Great timing to show the ritual at the best moment with fine sharpness and lighting. The POV and composition to include a couple of eggs is great.
TFS this fine action shot,
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-24 6:38]

hello Omer,
Fantastic shot with excellent composition, fine sharpness and beautiful subtle background. I was thinking at first that it was a young bird which got feeded, but of course a fish also can be an very nice gift for a female :-).

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-24 7:31]

Stunning capture of this intimate scene!
You've captured the action at just the right moment.
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Superb composition.
Incredible timing.

Very well done, Omer!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-24 16:49]

Hola Omer.
Exelente la foto. Gran calidad en la presentacion. Fino detalle de el pequeño pez en el pico y que ademas la comparte con su amigo.
Saludos Omer.

Hello Omer,
impressing top quality picture capturing the ideal moment, composed with dynamic tension in a masterly way. Delightful colour contrast of bright red accents against predominant cool grey hues that are creating a perfect atmospheric depth. Highly concentrated reduction to the essence, and yet there is much to discover at a second look: e.g. that pair of well camouflaged eggs on the rock. Excellent contribution.
With thanks, and best regards,

Merhaba Omer, amazing view of splendid birds in love, with great sharpness and fine details, superb blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Omer,
Fantástica imagen, muy dinámica y de elegante composición, buena definición con agradable luz y color. TFS. saludos
José Ramón

Hallo Omer
This is splendid with a capital S, let me repeat Splendid. What a touching scene, of this couple’s interaction with one another. Pleasant and calm atmosphere with the two Terns feeding each other. A beautiful moment which you captured well. The sharpness and exposure of the whites are great, and looks very natural. Everything on this photo is just awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards
Ps. Thank you for including me in your list of favourites. It is indeed a honour and much appreciated.

Hola Omer, excelente composición de esta toma con muy buena luz y color. Un saludo

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-25 10:07]

Hello Omer,

Superb capture of this couple of Tern. Excellent composition. Great sharpness. Wonderful colours and light. Very nice we can see also the eggs.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-25 11:33]

merhaba omer
sumrulardan hos bir poz sunmussun
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, renkleri ve detaylari basarili
eline saglik

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-25 16:46]

A fantastic shot Omer, it is simply splendid. It has a perfect design in its shape and colours, it is beautiful to look at and perfectly shot with skills. The blurred background repeating the colours of the birds is beautiful. You use your fine gear with skills and arts. Thank you!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-26 0:50]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo,
pov y buen foco...
detalles excelentes,
saludos Omer.

It is pleasure to see your amazing birds images once again.
This one is a great image, beautifully captured and artistically presented.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and warm regards.

Hi Omer,

I have missed this excellent picture. Very good capture of moment, great composition, nice sharp details and good natural colours.



Great image Omer!
Back this evening,

A lovely image!Going into my favs!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-27 9:55]

Hi Omer,
Outstanding shot and you have freezed this fantastic action moment so skillfully. Very neat and sharp image with nifce colours and details. Great BG and your precise DOF isolates it from the BG perfectly. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-28 5:13]

Hi Omer.
It is really art of photography. Bravo, my friend. Terrific work. Subject is amazing. Reproduction of all its details is great. Timing, exposure, soft pleasant colour palette, sharpness of the birds and rocks are superb. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-28 12:57]

hi Omer,
très belle image finement réalisée avec un timing parfait. Excellente gestion de l'espace, belles couleurs.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-28 16:50]

Hi Omer,this is art of photography too,very wonderfull shot,the details and the colors are impressive,i like a lot this work,thanks for share and for the note too,Luciano


A minor suggestion: crop off the excess on the right; and, repost via W/S. You will get a PERFECT DIAGONAL image.

Minor issue.
Mario from Canada with friendly greetings.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-06-29 12:58]

Hello Omer !
Wow, you have captured a wonderful moment between the
couple ! Lovely scene ! And such a godd quality picture - sharp details, nice natural colors, splendid composition and POV, beautiful blurred BG to make the birds stand out.... Just perfect... Very well done !

muhtesem bir cekim...her bakimdan mukemmel. elinize saglik. Merih

The timing on this is excellent. Indeed a nice moment of capture. Very clear details and a good composition.

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-07-02 0:29]

Excellent POV, beautiful "Art of love" composition, Omer. The lights are wonderful and so smooth. Good exposure and lovely colours, too.
Best wishes,

Merhaba Ömer Bey,
Bu fotoğrafa yakışan daha güzel bir isim olamazdı. Herşeğiyle dört dörtlük olmuş. Ellerinize sağlık. Bence bu pozu yakalayıp fotoğraflandırmak gerçekten çok büyük bir başarı. Tebrikler.

hello Omer

excellent timing to shoot this wonderful scene,
with fine POV and framing, i love the bottom bird's pose
with the wings open, great sharpness and details, TFS


Ömer bey merhaba
yazdığımı sanıyordum ama galiba trakuşta gördüğüme yazmışım. nefis bir çekim. mükemmel zamanlama. renkler ve netlik de çok çok güzel. darısı insanlar için dilenecek kadar güzel bir beraberlik. elinize sağlık, selamlar

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-13 4:22]

All I can say is wow, a perfect moment captured in a perfect shot. Composition, exposure, sharpness, DOF and POV are all great



How can I miss this one! What a superb moment captured! Everything is perfect here: details, action, exposure, composition and timing! This is a sophisticated post; a little work of art, congratulations!

Marvelous work Omer. Beautiful top quality image as always. Brilliant work and very well timed capture. Thanks for sharing and warmest regards. Jusni

Hi, Omer,

an excellent photo in all aspects - details, composition, colurs...and most importantly, the timing and the meaning. thanks for sharing!!

Man Yee

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-20 0:46]

Hello Omer,
your bird shot is amazing. Very clear and sharp, great moment captured and well composed to give a maximum impact to the viewers.
Great job.


Je découvre par hasard en cliquant sur CANON 1Ds Mark III qui est mon appareil depuis peu : géante cette photo, magnifique, félicitations !

Karine (matrekker)

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-23 1:32]

Selam Omer,

I see you have not posted for a while and hope all is well with you.Hope you are having a good Ramadan.

This is a classic "Omer" cpature which spells excellence and technical brillaince. Perfect timing to have frozen the action.
Well done.

TFS & cheers

Exposure perfection! Outstanding color, excellent detail.

amazing pic with amazing composition, TFS Ori

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-08 9:04]

Excellent shot my friend, a true beauty! Great timing, perfect technique. Congrats!


Hello Omer,

This is superb! Not only the perfect moment, but also the quality you just can't blame. Love the colours. I would probably be very tempted to crop the image, but after seing the workshop I'm not that sure anymore.
Anyway, great job on this one!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-29 3:16]

Hello Omer,
this is a wonderful shot. Excellent timing. A moment later and you would have missed it. Tack sharp, light and colour are great. Wonderful! Best regards Siggi

Simplemente: impresionante !!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-13 4:51]

Hello Omer,
What a tender moment captured superbly with this sharp, crisp composition, thank you Omer.

Merhaba Omer!
Nice title to this picture, it is just correct :) I like POV and natural light. The timing is very good, you were licky to take such kind of picture :)

Superb photo.Even love.

Beautifully done, Omer.
Definitely a superb moment. Pretty decisive!
Add to this the well managed highlights throughout the wings and stuff...
Matching blurred background.
Thanks for sharing

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-12-22 13:01]

Hi Omer, A brilliant nature photo of the feeding process. The crop, DOF effect, clarity and colours are just right. Very professional. It is similar to one from the Antartica which won an award a few years ago in Sydney, but different type of birds but very similar moment indeed. TFS. Murray.

Hi again Ömer,
Simply perfect!
Very well done!

Hi Omer,
What a scane.
Very well caught and composed.

Muhteşem bir an... Burada bu kuşları yakalayabileceğim bir ada var. Geçen yıl iş yoğunluğu nedeniyle bir türlü gidemedim. Bu yıla kaldı. Böyle bir anı yakalamayı çok isterim. Bir de ben çok yeniyim kuş fotoğrafında. Daha sadece bir yıl oldu. Türleri ve kuşların adlarını da yeni yeni öğreniyorum. Daha çok yol katetmem gerektiğini biliyorum. Bu güzel fotoğraf için yürekten kutlarım sizi. Sevgiler...

Hi Ömer,
Today (or yesterday, I don't remember correctly) there was a pic of You which has got its well deserved 150th points from me. And this is the 2nd in the row. :)
Fantastic moment was captured by You again, with perfect timing and composition, plus excellent colors of the birds (most of all the red - bombastic saturation). Composition-wise both Your shot and Mario's version are good, but the WS lost the sharpness of the original file.
Tfs my Friend, and have a nice Sunday. Best regards from Hungary, László

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