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feeding frenzy

feeding frenzy
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Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-26
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Seagulls, Seascapes; Sea Views; Coastal Views [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-31 7:59
Viewed: 3786
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
More now from along the shore in Cape Elizabeth, but not so placid and still as most of my recent posts. This was taken within one half km of several other of my posts, including "bridge to nowhere", "warm in color only", "sunset surf and spume", "minimalist lichen art ", and "sunrise surf & gulls". The character of this shore is highly dependent on the weather and other conditions, and this day gave a wonderfully different view than usual.

Autumn storms can be violent and interesting, and are often more enjoyable than the really intense winter storms because you don't need to dress for extreme cold. This was one such case, with the storm having just passed, the surf still very high, and the late afternoon sun working its way through the thinning clouds to the west.

The gulls were in a feeding frenzy. Some were plunging into the foam (several visible just right of center), but most circled above the ledges, peering intently down into the water as it washed back and forth. I don't know for certain what they were hunting, but my guess is crabs dislodged from the seaweed by the surf.

This kind of weather can be a problem for cameras because the surf loads the air with huge amounts of moisture. Even if you were deaf to the pounding of the surf, the moisture and sea smell several hundred meters inland would tell you that the shore was close. This image has a slightly soft appearance, partly because of that moisture in the air, but also due to the inevitable thin layer of condensation on my lens.

tech note- no sharpening, no color modification of any kind, significant increase in contrast

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To rcrick: drama in real lifeBobH 1 04-03 14:42
To nagraj: rocksBobH 1 04-01 04:54
To tuslaw: another "not the midwest"BobH 1 03-31 20:57
To wncpisgah: welcome and thanksBobH 1 03-31 17:35
To Heaven: familiar ingredientsBobH 1 03-31 12:27
To Dillinger: Not the midwest!BobH 1 03-31 11:12
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Wow! What a dramatic scene! This is really well captured. I love the color of the sky and the stark contrast of the rocks in the foreground. There is a sense of calm at the top (warm sky) and bottom (stationary rocks), while the middle of the photo is full of activity, even chaos with the crashing of waves and numerous birds in flight. An amazing image!

Thanks for sharing.

great capture, TFS Ori

Hello Bob! Wonderful shot. Great effect. Good luck!

Dear Bob!

It's like I was suddenly dipping into another world. The effect of alienation is superb and surprising because the "ingredients" of the picture are quite common: waves, gulls and a sunset sky. But it's the way they are composed that creates this particular effect. It's simply beautiful.

Kind regards


The color contrast and the detail in the frothing of the waves are really neat. Great photo!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-31 18:46]
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Hello Bob,
Fantastic image packed full of gorgeous colors and lots of action. Love the composition you've chosen, along with the varied textures and lighting!! TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-03-31 23:45]
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very special image, beautiful. only i wished you could have reduced the foreground a bit. tfs.

Hi Bob,

Stunning sea scape, very dramatic scene, what with the colour of that sky, the feeding frenzy, and the stormy sea you've managed to really capture it in all its glory, superb shot.

Cheers Rick :)

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