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Line of Terns

Line of Terns
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Copyright: Alex Bramwell (Spanishalex) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 3 N: 10] (404)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-28 4:34
Viewed: 4631
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Birds in the Canary Islands tend to be quite wary of humans so it was refreshing to arrive on Clearwater Island, Florida and find the main beach literally three deep in terns. I took this photo early in the morning while lying in a shallow hole.

I think it was the only decent picture I got using a cheap 300mm zoom. Most of the others were fringed out.

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Bellissima foto!!!

L'inquadratura è meravigliosa!!!

TFS, ciao, Emanuele

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  • pamar (32)
  • [2007-03-28 4:52]

Not only a superbe nature picture. It's also a great example of great composition and intelligent use of selective depth of field and focusing.


great DOF, good light and colors, good POV, great composition, amazing photo of herd of birds

I just love the composition, dof etc even the overexposure works for you here.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-03-28 7:04]

Lovely shot,spoton exposure!Loved the POV&Composition.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-28 7:05]

WOW! ¡Qué magnífica foto, Alex!
Además de buena es realmente graciosa con las tres aves en perfecta formación, ¡sólo falta el sargento pasando revista! :)
La nitidez es excelente así como el colorido y la profundidad de imagen. La composición genial.
Felicidades y gracias por compartirla

Hi Alex,
Good composition.Excellent DOF.TFS,

Hi Alex, This looks like a line of Tern "dolls" rather than live ones :-). How else could you get them to stand in a row?

Liked the colours, sharpness and ofcourse the composition.

TFS, regards, Kiran

Hi , a little overexposure of whites but a very good POV , TFS.

nice composition, TFS Ori

Hi Alex,
How did you do it?
I mean, that perfect aligned birds in a row?
This picture is just great!
I like so much the illumination, sharpness and the image quality.
The illumination couldn't be better, and that produce such a beautiful details on feathers with subtle shadows.
DOF works at its best.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

very well seen. good POV and composition. the colors are outstanding and i think this is really quite funny. reminds me of some cartoon i saw before a cartoon movie. i think it was monsters inc or was it Shrek.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-28 11:27]

Hi Alex,

A great composition,well seen and captured with a nice POV,well done and TFS


Hi Alex.
Very beautiful. Great tight composition and good use of shallow DOF. Great colour and sharpness. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-28 12:52]

Hi Alex,

This is a superb shot. The depth in this shot is incredible. Out of focus is here a kind of art!My compliments!


Hi Alex,

This is a very visually appealing image. Great sharpness, DOF and POV. Nice composition. It would have been nice to have the entire body of the first bird but I know often you can't have eveything. TFS.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-09 4:49]

Hi Alex, I really like this photo, the DOF works really well in this shot. The first Tern is nice and sharp with good focus and colour and shade on the feathers. Nice bright colours throughout. It is a great composition and very creative! Well done.

Great composition Alex with very good DOF.TFS

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