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dance in sky
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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: 2009-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): aquatic birds! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 22:48
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Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you for your critiques on my previous post.
This photo was taken last sommer at Sumru-Adası(Tern-Island)in Buyukcekmece Lake.It's a wonderful place for watching commen terns.
Have a nice day and thanks for looking!

Common Tern
Infos from Wikipedia
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
Camera Model:Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Shooting Mode:Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/2000
Av( Aperture Value ):5.6
Metering Mode: Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 200
Lens:500.0 mm
Focal Length: 700.0 mm
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode:Auto
AF Mode: AI Servo AF

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2010-01-18 23:38]

I have missed several of you posts in the past months,Omer. Time has ben a huge constraint for me, but i do admire the posts quiet often during my silent visits.
Today while passing by, i coudnt but stop to admire this mid-air dance that you share with us.
Wonderful exposure,superb tones all over and well timed action frozen.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-18 23:38]

Hello Omer.
Brilliant capture,Perfect exposure, great composition, good sharp details and colours. Great POV and BG. Excellent timing to get this shot.Thanks for posting.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-19 0:13]

Ho Omer

An exceptional shot - your timing and focus are spot-on - excellent isolation too - plus great framing.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-01-19 0:23]

fine capture,
artistic shoot,
great focus and color,
saludos Omer

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-19 1:11]

Dance, extraordinary! great capture of this fine display in the air. tfs.

:))) Senden de ancak bu kadarı beklenir dostum Süpersn:)
Doğum günün kutlu olsun! İyi ki Varsın! İyi Ki Doğdun!
Happy Birthday My dear Friend!

Herşey gönlünce olsun! Bu özel gününde çok özel bir parçayla bizi keyiflendirrdiğin için de ayrıca teşekkürler.
Sevgiyle, keyifle hoş bir doğumgünü diliyorum!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-19 1:53]
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Merhaba Omer,
what a dance to celebrate your birthday.
Beautiful dancers in great stance and pose. the sharpness and the moment is well composed.
Congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


Merhaba Omer,
what a fantastic capture of these two Common Terns taken from an excellent POV with great timing in a wonderful posture of the birds in-flight, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, very well composed
Best regards

Hello Omer,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You're celebrating this with a fantastic photo of these terns. Your timing was perfect. The elegant poses are incredible. Very beautiful colours and excellent sharpness and details. Great contrasting OOF BG and composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-19 2:56]

Hello Omer,
You caught these two Terns just in the right moment, displaying their wings with much elegance, like dancers. Beautifully composed and perfect sharpness . Natural and fine colors too. Like always great shot!!
Kind regards

Ömer bey muhteşem bir aksiyon. Elinize sağlık.
Doğum gününüz de kutlu olsun. Selamlar.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-19 4:09]

Hello Omer,
A fantastic in-flight capture of these beautiful Terns! I love the light and colours and focus is spot-on showing the details of their wonderful feathers against a lovely background! Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2010-01-19 4:47]

Merhaba Ömer bey
enfes bir güzellik sunmuşsunuz ellerinize sağlık selamlarımla.

Ömer bey süper bir kare. Bugün doğum gününüzmüş. İyi ki doğsunuz. Herşey dilediğiniz gibi olsun. İyi yaşlar.

Ciao Omer. What magnificent dynamic and sharpened capture against an intrigant blurred BG! The best light's managemente with razor details. best regards MF.


Merhaba Omer,

An excellent capture with such beautiful colors, action & great timing. Well taken, composed & presented. TFS & salam.


hello Omer

WOW ! excellent and very beautiful photo of these Terns
on their aerial dance, superb timing from you,
fine POV, superb focus sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Omer, fantastic capture, perfect focus, great timing, wonderful composition, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Great capture,wonderful image and very beautiful birds.A perfect picture.Congratulations.
Friendly regards.Alin.

Omer bey dogum gununuz kutlu olsun. muhtesem bir fotograf bu.
Yine belgesel gibi. Elinize saglik. Hayirli yeni yaslar.

hello Omer
this is a GREAT picture
very good sharpness and good details with nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ömer bey gerçekten havada dans:) Çok neşeli ve canlı bir fotoğraf. Süper çekmişsiniz. Bu arada doğum gününüz de kutlu olsun. Mutlu yaşlar. Saygılarımla.

striking capture, bravo! Ori

Hi Omer,
This is a great 1/2000s! the picture is perfectly frozen, both birds that appear in dance position. A spectacular enviable depth and contrast. A work full of technical and artistic touch. Congratulations! TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-19 12:06]

Hi Omer. You have put the right name to this beautiful picture of the two Terns. You have taken a first class inflight picture with sharp focusing. We can see every little featehr detail all with such natural colours. They stand out so well from the plain BG. well taken TFS.

Hi Omer - it's just amazing and fantastic, such a moment - so sharp and special, I love it, thanks.
All the best for your Birthday - may all your wishes come true.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-19 12:47]
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Ömer Bey merhaba,
Öncelikle doğum gününüzü kutlamak isterim,nice güzel yıllara doatlarınız ve sevdiklerinizle birlikte....
Fotoğrafa gelince hayranlık uyandıracak kadar güzel yine;mükemmel zamanlama,harika kompozisyon.Netliği ve keskin detaylaır ile birlikte gerçekten 4/4 lük bir çalışma olmuş.En uygun tabiri ile "süper" olmuş.Emeğinize sağlık.
Bi slavên germ.

Hi omer,

an very good shot from these 2 dancing birds in the flight.
Exellent details and sharpness with fine colours.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-19 13:40]
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Vavvv.. hem de ne vaaavv Ömer bey. Olur da bu kadarı olur dedirten enfes bir kare. Bırakın kuşu havada yakalamayı bir de dans ederleken çekmişsiniz:) Usta olmak farklı birşey. Emeğinize sağlık. DOĞUM GÜNÜNÜZ de KUTLU OLSUN!
Dilediğiniz gibi olsun herşey. Hayırlı yaşlar.

Merhaba Ömer Bey. Tek kelme ile muhteşem bir aksiyon.
Super yakalamışsınız. Emeğinize sağlık. Doğum gününüz de kutlu olsun.

Merhaba Omer bey..
Dogum gununuz oldugunu size Bayram tarafindan hediye edilen guzel resimle ogrendim....Bende hediye gondermek isterdim fakat bende iyi kaliteli resim olmadigi icin sadece iyi dileklerimi gonderiyorum...Bu guzeller de herhalde dogum gununuzu kutlayip dansediyorlar...Her yonuyle harika bir resim. ellerinize saglik, selamlar. Leyla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-19 16:00]
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Hi Omer,

Bayram said it is your birthday so a very Happy Birthday to you! You captured this Ballet of the Terns perfectly. They must be dancing to Romeo and Juliet. The wings and tail feathers are beautiful. Colors and details are fantastic. It is obvious this is a courtship ritual judging from the top of their heads and the beaks facing each other. An exquisite picture and a fine way to celebrate your birthday.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-19 17:30]

Hello Omer,
Incredible stop action capture showing super fine detail and gorgeous vivid colors. Love the twisting wing and tail action along with the facial expressions. Outstanding image!!!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-01-19 22:41]

Hi Omer!

If I had to I would not be able to decide who of you or the pair of birds is the greater artist. I believe you all are it. Your pictures are impressive, and this one is another jewel among them. The dynamism expressed in the bird's ballet is superb and makes this picture clearly an outstanding one!

Kind regards


Hallo Omer
I just love your ability to freeze the action in your photographs and in this "Dance in sky" image you did just that once again. Excellent photography with envious sharpness. I love everything in this image and I believe you have yet another winner here. The clear details of the opened wings are such a pleasure to look at and appreciate. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.

Hi Ömer, master of birds,
Extremely wonderful action shot with perfect timing, excellent sharpness, great colors and blurry background isolating the birds. A real masterpiece of You again. Congrats and tfs.
At the same time I also wish You happy birthday - although I think I delayed one day. :(
Friendly regards from Hungary, László

Hello Omer
first of all, i hope you had a great birthday, i am a bit late but i had not to many time for writing critiques this two last days
very beautiful shot of this two common terns, her pose is splendid, it look's that they are taken a dance in the sky
sharpness, colors and DOF are excellent
Have a good Night

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2010-01-21 4:23]

Merhaba Dostum Ömer!
Biraz geç de olsa bu güzel kareyi görme şansım oldu. Herzaman fotolarını keyifle izlediğim bu güzel kuşların bu karesi gerçekten enfes. Gökyüzünde dans ismi de çok yakışmış. Emeğine sağlık dostum. Bol selam.


Salut Omer
C'est une superbe prise de vue,iLs sont très jolis ces deux oiseaux en pleine action dans le ciel, tout est parfait, les couleurs les détails le cadrage ainsi que le BG

Merci pour l'envoie et félicitation....JP

Fantástica !!

Omer, es de aplaudir este gran trabajo, lleno de dinamismo y buena técnica: desde el enfoque, el encuadre y la correcta utilización de los parámetros de disparo. El juego de tonalidades y luz casi enmejorable: enhorabuena.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Omer, each of your picture is a legend.
This is another mind-blowing picture of two Terns waltzing in the air. It must have taken you immense patience to capture this moment of utter grace and beauty.
Hats off to you, my friend!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-22 9:38]

Merhaba Omer,
Bu güzel görüntü.
Nice çerçeveli ve tebrikler oyna.
Bunlar güzel renk ve kontrast.
Almanya ve birçok Selamlar,

P.S. Ben size doğum günü için küçük bir doğum günü hediyesi sevdim umuyoruz. Bu şekilde uzun yıllar içinde.

Omer,now this is what I call a wildlife photo!
Fantastic action shot of these two superb creatures!
WOW! Mind-blowing quality!
Thank you so much for it,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-22 21:56]

Merhaba Ömer Dostum,
I see it was your birthday- Congratulations!
A wonderful in-flight action shot of a pair of Common Terns performing aerobatic pair bonding.
The POV, timing, sharpness and lighting are superb and the wing movements add to the composition of this superb photo.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-23 0:38]

Hi Omer

Wow, what fabulous mid-air action you captured from these two Common Terns. Great
stuff MF. I am amazed at the high degree of sharpness and super fine details you have
attained with this shot which obviously provided a good challenge to the photographer.
Wonderful exposure control provided some stunning lighting levels. The remainder of
the technical aspects, i.e. the composition, the BG, the colour, the POV, etc. are just
perfect too. Wonderful work.

Well done and TFS.
Enjoy your weekend.

hello Omer,
exceptional photo, you photograph and present splendidly the moment, the poses the composition the attribution of colours and details enjoyable!
keep photographing! TFS

Your notes are done with meticulas care. Concise yet HIGHLY EDUCATIVE.
Of course your images are one of the BEST on TN.
It is with great pleasure that I visit your page.
Mario from COLD COLD Canada.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-27 16:32]

Hello Omer,
What an outstanding capture with incredible action, colors and details throughout this image. Great work Omer, thank you for sharing.

meşhur Sumru Adasından harika bir enstantane. zamanlama mükemmel, çekim de. tebrikler Ömer Bey. fonu, pozlaması, açısı ve netliğiyle de son derece güzel. elinize sağlık.
bugünlerde kış türleri adeta yağıyor Büyükçekmece'ye. bana uzak ama belki siz gidip birkaçını olsun görebilirsiniz. biz de sayenizde görürüz.
sağlıcakla kalın, iyi geceler, selamlar.

Hello Omer,
About! amazing photo.

Hi Omer,
A superb capture of these Common Terns in flight. Very good action shot. Good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Wonderful interaction at play here Omer, great stop action..
Perfect title :)

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