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"lucky escape"

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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-15 2:39
Viewed: 5393
Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken eight days ago around Buyukcekmece Lake at european side of Istanbul from car window.It was an interesting scane and gull couldn’t catch coots food.It was nearly 50m far from my camera and I cropped the original image nearly %40 at photoshop.
Have a week and hope you’ll like it!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The coots are medium-sized water birds which are members of the rail family. They constitute the genus Fulica.
These rails are all predominantly black in plumage, and, unlike many of the rails, they are usually easy to see, often swimming in open water rather than skulking in reedbeds.
They have prominent frontal shields or other decoration on the forehead, and coloured bills, and many, but not all, have white on the undertail. Like other rails, they have lobed toes.
They tend to have short, rounded wings and be weak fliers, although northern species are nevertheless capable of covering long distances; the American Coot has reached Great Britain and Ireland on rare occasions. Those species that migrate do so at night.
Coots can walk and run vigorously on strong legs, and have long toes that are well adapted to soft, uneven surfaces.
These birds are omnivorous, taking mainly plant material, but also small animals and eggs. They are aggressively territorial during the breeding season, but are otherwise often found in sizeable flocks on the shallow vegetated lakes they prefer
Gulls are seabirds in the family Laridae and subfamily Lari. They are closely related to the terns, and more distantly to the waders, auks and skimmers. Most gulls belong to the large genus Larus.
This versatile species breeds in a range of habitats, including cliffs, beaches, small islands, inland sites and even buildings. They also exploit rubbish dumps, particularly during winter .
Gulls are in general medium to large birds, typically grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They have stout, longish bills and webbed feet.
Two to six eggs, which are variable in colour and patterning, are laid after April; incubation, which is carried out largely by the female, takes between 25 and 27 days. Both parents share paternal care of the downy chicks, which fledge after around 30 days.
Camera Model:Canon EOS 30D
Shooting Date/Time: 1/7/2007 12:33:56 PM
Shooting Mode:Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/1250
Av( Aperture Value ):5.6
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 200
Lens:500.0 mm
Focal Length: 700.0 mm
Image Size: 3504x2336
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode:Auto
AF Mode: AI Servo AF

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Nice action, Sebnem.
Good to see the coot's 'footprints' on the water.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-15 3:03]
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Günaydın Şebnem,
Sakarmeke azmetmis yemegini kaptirmamaya :o) Cok guzel bir ani yakalamissin. Eline saglik.

Hello Sebnem,
Nice action captured!
Situation is well framed and with fine details, under somewhat difficult circumstances as I understand...
Nice result and very well done!
Pablo -

Hello Sebnem,
A wonderful action picture. The opportunity to come across such scene is hard to come by. You did a great job in recording this circumstance in such sharp and clear picture. Congratulations and tfs.

hi sebnem
lovely capture,
well composed shot,
nice pov,
excellent action captured here,
well done,
tfs & regards

Merhaba Şebnem,
Mükemmel zamanlama,
Sudaki sıçramalar çok güzel,
Renkler,netlik ve detaylar harika,
Ellerine Sağlık

Hi Sebnem,

I love birds and I really like this picture. A great actionshot of this gull trying to rob the coot of its meal. This was a difficult shot, and you managed it very well. Well done and thanks for sharing.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-15 8:05]

Now this is a great action shot, Sebnem!
Wow...so much movement and sctivity captured in such a nice frame. Well done!
I really like the sharpness of the details here and teh great, well saturated colors - they all look great despite the huge distance between you and your subjects.
Also the exposure is spot-on, the POV is excellent and the DOF great.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Sebnem,

Excllent work, great colors Bg POV DOf perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo lots of action to view here. excllent work

TFS Kyle

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-15 9:11]

merhaba, çok güzel yakalanan bir aksiyon anı, kompozisyon, netlik,renkler hepsi de çok güzel.Tebrikler. Selamlar.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-15 9:21]

Hi Sebnem.
Next your amazing action shot, taken at such large distance. Captured scene is really amazing. I also like sharpness and illumination of the birds, cropping and composition as well as the nice note. My compliments and TFS.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-15 10:38]

merhaba şebnem hanım;
yine görmekte gecikmişiz.. mükemmel bir kare tebrikler selamlar

The desperate struggle of the coot to fend off the offensive attack from the greedy and parasitical gull to snatch away its catch is well captured in this 'sporty' shot, Sebnem. The still water-bound flight path of the escapee suggests powerful forward thrust which, going by your note, resulted into success :-)!
A wonderful action shot!
Many thanks for sharing it.

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Mükemmel bir aksiyon karesi.Zamanlamanız harika..Tebrikler.


Hi Sebnem, amazing photo, wonderful composition with splendid action, great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-15 14:46]

Hello Sebnem,
looks like the chase is on. Great shot with sharp details and the action is excellent. Very well done.

Hi, Sebnem.
Very interesting episode again. Looks like somebody is trying to steal. Rather strong crop, but it's wildlife - what to do, if even 700mm does not help. Well composed.

Hi Sebnem!
I'm back. Last time I was really busy, angry and unhappy - we moved, I had to change my job and I had a lot of other problems but nice to look at your great pictures again!

Great moment you captured... lucky escape and lucky shot ;-)

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-15 15:56]

Hi Sebnem,
I have also found a car to have a good use as camouflage.Well noticed and captured as it is a lovely decisive moment.That coot really does seem to be running for its life.Good detail and clarity and a good cut and composition.Take care.
Regards, David

Hi Sebnem,
A nice action shot on this gull trying to get the Coot's food. Nice colors and detail retained even with the big crop. Your choice of composition looks great. The action is perfectly frozen.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-15 16:49]

Great full action capture Sebnem with excellent speed control.

I like it a lot: composition, sharpness, POV, DOF, focus, colors, background, lighting, framing.

I like it: notes.

I don't like it: nothing to quarrel.

In spite of the great focal length, the quality of the focus and sharpness they are really very good.
My best regards... Ricardo

What a magnificient take.
Love the notes.
Well composed; very well presented.
Can appreciate the details.
Best regards,

I see this same very scene every time I go to the nature reserve. Those seaguls are always trying to steal other animals food! Nice action shot, good detail!


Hi Sebnem,
Some how you are always able to catch some of the most amazing moment. It must be you patience to wait for those moment and maybe some magic. Just an awesome capture with good control over the exposure.

Hi Sebnem
Nice action y very good shot.

Hola Sebnem,
Excelente oportuna y dinámica captura, con bella composición. Saludos

Hello Sebnem,
This is a good action shot that you caught at a perfect moment! You used the right shutter speed as their movements are well frozen. I like the fact that you let a little part of land in the frame that gives us a sense of perspective. This composition is very good. This is a nice and difficult shot that you achieved well. Thanks,

A funny pic, Sebnem. They must be very hungry:-)
50 meter; quite a distance!
Have a great week too!
Smiley tomorrow

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-01-16 10:50]

Belle scène de vol !
Bonne journée.

bonjour Sebnem
superbe cette photo de "chasseurs"

bonjour sebnem
la netteté n'est pas parfaite mais avec un 500mm multiplié par 1.4 cela se comprend,le moindre mouvement et c'est la sanction.toujours est il que de prendre ces deux espece en pleine querelle pour de la nourriture releve de l'exploit.

Merhaba Shebnem cok guzel bir zamanda yakalamisin focus tam ve net tebrikler selamlar Necip.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-16 12:21]

Hello Sebnem...

Wow! What a great action picture!!! You were at the good place at the good moment! Personally I hope the coot kept the food :-) Exposition, natural colors, pov are all perfect!

Great job and TFS,


Bonjour Sebnem
Très jolie composition avec un mouvement d'ailes trés bien exploité. La lumiére sur l'oiseau chapardeur est superbe .
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • ayk55 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 4] (251)
  • [2007-01-16 15:14]

Kuşlardaki netlik ve an iyi yakalanmış elinize saglık.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-16 15:43]
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selam sebnem
harika bir zamanlama ve baslik ortaya cikmis. kompozisyon, bakis acisi, renkler, netlik, detaylar ve bilgi notu her zamanki gibi super olmus
bakalim yeni dslr makinem ile bu kadar sansli olacakmiyim :) (sonunda terfi ettim bende)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-16 18:24]

Hola Sebnem, acción total y magnífico momento, buena captura y originales detalles, saludos

Merhaba Sebnen,
A great action captured here!
It's umbelievable the sharp and clear deatils you can get beeing so far away from the subjects.
Very good constructed composition.
Congratulations, thanks for share and warm regards,

Hello Sebnem.
Great action shot with a story line too :)
Competition for a limited resource is a repeating theme..in every mammals life ;-}
Well composed with a good POV of the action.
I like it mf, Well done!

Hi Sebnem,
It's a wonderful action shot. Some how you are always able to catch some of the most amazing moment.

You were at the good place at the good moment!

Merhaba Şebnem,
Verdiğin bilgilerle birlikte yakaladığın kare
orijinal bir sunumla bizlere gülümsemiş.
Tebrik eder eline sağlık derim.
Selamlar, Dr.Hakan

hello sebnem
then there very beautiful photograph a perfect composition a beautiful moment that you knew captured thank you for the division cheer


Hello Sebnem !
Another graeat catch from you ! Nice action shot ! You were very lucky to be able to watch this ! It's a sharp and clear picture, with beautiful colors that look very natural and a wonderful composition. Very well done !

Fantástica captura. Bella imagen plena de detalles excelentes, como es habitual en todas tus presentaciones. Un saludo, Juan Luis.

Excellent timing - This is a perfect image. Everything is just spot on.

Merhaba Sebnem,
Very interesting capture.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

yine harika bir kare daha ellerine sağlık....tfs.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-19 11:42]

Hi Sebnem,
Very nice shot! I really like the splash trail the coot has left making his lucky escape. A beautiful moment with nice detail for the distance.

I see you used Aperture-Priority. I also see you have managed a shutter speed of 1/1250 which obviously helped to freeze and capture the coots splash trail.
With my D200, I seem to have a very difficult time achieving high shutter speeds...;-(
So, are you tending to favor one camera over another more yet?
Thanks so much for sharing,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-19 13:53]

Merhaba Şebnem,
A wonderful capture with your 700 mm! Sharpness, details, exposure are perfect and the action scene quite interesting.
Best regards mf,
José M.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-20 5:06]

lol great action shot. Well seen and recorded, especially as the conditions were not ideal. Nicely done



Hello Sebnem,
lucky escape, very well captured - nice little drama, well presented. Thank you! Have a very good weekend.
Best regards,

Hello Sebnem,
A surely a great scape for the hungry coot, it keeps it suculent food of the rapacious gull. Perfect action shot. Nice job

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-01-21 11:21]

Hi Sebnem,

Very nice action you've captured here.
I can imagine it's not an easy one to take, but you did great.
Beautiful colours, good details and POV.
Well done!

Greetings, Nel

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-23 19:49]

Hello Sebnem

Another amazing action shot ,the POV and DOF are excellent.The details are sharp with well focused detail.Very nicely composed.TFS


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-01-24 4:36]

WOW,its alway nice to watch action in birds!!You got them good timeing,good capture!!!

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-01-26 15:28]

Just caught at the right moment. Great shot.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-30 17:19]

Sebnem, this is another great action captured by you.

I like colors and composition. Despite the circumstances, an excellent image.

hi sebnem,
probably the best action shot i've seen today. what a perfect timing and a good eye.

Hi Sebnem,
Lovely capture, well composed shot.


I see this drama played out often here at the edge of the Atlantic. Our gulls are also merauders and opportunists!

But mostly the ducks they try to rob will dive... ;)

Great action shot! I am still laughing! Tfs, teşekkür ederim, ;j.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-24 4:48]

Hi Sebnem,
a great shot of this action!
Brilliant composition.
Well done,

merhaba Şebnem hanım,
harika bir çekim. kompozisyon ve aksiyon da mükemmel. renkler gibi detaylar, netlik ve zamanlama da çok güzel. elinize sağlık, selamlar. ahmet

Belle photo de cet oiseau qui court sur l' eau,il me semble que quelqu' un d' autre l' a déja fait dans les humains, mais je ne me souvien plus qui??? Hahaha.le vol du second juste au dessus fait bien comprendre qu' il sagit d' une question de voler la nourriture de l' autre. Belle prise bien nette comme d' habitude, pourtant ils étaient en mouvement et rapide. Amitiés Thomas

Müthiş kovalamaca. Böyle bir çekim için herhalde bütüngün çalışmak gerek. Büyük emek. Sabrınız için tebrikler.
Elinize sağlık.

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