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In case it rains fish

In case it rains fish
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Copyright: tom trinko (trinko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-15 7:23
Viewed: 3708
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Either the cormorant was yawning, something that happens often around me, or it was expecting the sky to rain fish.

Adam removed a picture of mine of a goose. He says that even though the animal lives in the wild it's domesticated and hence violates the TOS. I consider that silly at best. Why would a picture of a grebe be useful in studying nature and a picture of a goose that is standing, wild and free, useless. I can understand the concept that you shouldn't post pictures of your dog fido or a cow in a field but arbitrarily prohibiting a photo of a wild bird because some of its ancestors might have been domesticated is absurd in my opinion. I say arbitrary because i found 2 almost identical pictures that have been allowed to be on the site.

While it's been fun this sort of decision by Adam is sufficiently bothersome to me that i'll probably just pull up stakes and find some other site.

i was going to send this message to the folks who vote for my photos but you can apparently only contact 5 members in a day.

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Haha i love the title Tom. Fits the picture very well. Great clarity and sharpness. Its eye is very gemstone like. Fantastic shot.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-15 7:53]
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Hi Tom

A very fitting and comical title. It indeed looks like this guy is expecting some kind of miracle. Remember it is not such an impossible thought. There are a number of recorded cases where a tornado sucked fish out of the ocean at one place and dumping it at another spot. Maybe this cormorant was well read (chuckle).

I like your composition with the lovely eye snugly situated on the 2/3 axis horizontally and on the 1/3 axis vertically. The colours are great, the details are nice and sharp, excellent contrasts on the black plumage for perfect exposure control, and the water surface created a lovely OOF BG.

Good work and TFS.

Or maybe its swallowing a fish? Great shot with beautiful color, clarity and sharpness. Even at this resolution, the catchlight in the eye appears to have coloration -this would be great blown up in full resolution.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-15 8:14]

Hi Tom,

I'm still laughing from your note! What a pose with the mouth opened has far as it could go. Fantastic sharpness and details and lovely colors. But the mouth does it!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-15 8:28]

Hi Tom

Great pose and detail. The eye is wonderful.


Hi Tom,
Lovely bird great title, very sharp with
nice BG, good exposure since is very hard to get details on a black plumage, well done TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-15 10:17]

Hello Tom,
Lovely pose.. Great POV and shapness, the photo is also very well composed..

"I'll Be Back"


Sharp and beautiful picture. I can see the pupil in the eye of the Cormorant. The caption is wonderful too.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-15 10:40]

Hello Tom,
Great timing and sharpness. The light is very beautiful. Good composition and nice title.

Great comment Tom. Very well composed portrait. he almost looks as though he knows you are taking pics and is posing...how swell is that?


Hello Tom,
It seems that the bird did get a little tired have you around that much :).........Lots of things are possible these days, but fish!!!! rain from the sky??????...................mwaaaaaaaaaaa........I don't think so..........hehehehehehehe.....lol............Great note!!!!!
Serious now: Great pose, sharpness and exposure in this very beautiful bird image.
Most wonderful feather details and clarity in the eye of the cormorant.
Love the diagonal line the bird has in the frame, but personally also would have like to seen a small crop of the left side untill the body of the bird and a little more space on top and right hand side, but that's just my opnion ofcourse.
Nevertheless, a real beauty.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

Outstanding detail on a black bird which I find almost impossible to get...Fantastic focus around the head...Great eye color...TFS

Hi Tom, great portrait of splendid cormorant with wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Lol... This is a funny title and expression that you captured. I like those beautiful details, exposure, composition and colors. This is very well done, thanks!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-16 19:27]

Hello Tom

Very good detail in the eye and plumage on this cormorant.The colours are well saturated and natural.That is quite the s curve pose it has struck.Very good timing to get it with it's big beak open like that.Excellent POV TFS


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-16 23:25]

Hi Tom, excellent shot of this cormorant. You have very good detail throughout (even the neck feathers) and that eye is awesome. Composition in the square format works well with this diagonal pose as well. Not real thrilled with the later part of your note.

Thanks, John

Hi Tom

Well done on a great shot. Lovely details you show here. Good POV, nice catchlight in the eye, great title. TFS.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-18 5:32]
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salut Tom,
très belle image avec un mouvement parfaitement immortalisé. C'est original et très graphique. Belles couleurs naturelles.

ps : my sun born the 13/07/07, his name is TOM :D


Hi TOm,
Apart from an excellent shot, sharpness, colors, light and all the technical stuff, I love the sense of humour in the title, and of course, that wonderful bird!
Regards, Marta

Hi Tom,
Unusual pose in this well taken photo.
Don't let the Goose thing bother you, we enjoy your other pictures so we can miss out on the, presumably a Greylag.
Well spotted and taken.
Best wishes,

Hello Trinko!

Oh please say it isn't so?! Please don't go away....Please keep posting your wonderful photos and keeping us all in smiles with your wonderful humor!!! I am begging you....and I don't normally beg! Here is the thing....I understand where you are coming from and I agree with you whole heartedly. I have been struggling with this issue also..I have not had Adam take any photos off on this site but I will tell you I don't post a lot of really good ones because I am afraid Adam will question them. For example, I have some beautiful photos taken of Buffalo who are surely wild but because they are behind a fence are they not wild enough? And what about people who train parrots to talk and are very docile but Adam allows these "pets" to have their photos on the website? And what about photos of lions and tigers and bears OH MY...but they live in a zoo??? So I am confused most of the time...and just keep my fingers crossed.

As for this photo....I love the hilarity of it! I think you caught this bird practicing his Yodeling!!! Wonderful capture, composition, color and clarity! Thank you for putting a smile on my face and validating my concerns about what can be posted on this website. I will look for you on Treklens...but please keep posting on here. =0)

Take care,
Bettina Marie =0)

Belle photo de ce cormoran qui avale sa prise comme vous avez avalé la votre dans votre boitier Canon. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-08-01 14:48]

Wspaniale ujecie. Pieknie ujoles tego kormorana.
Niesamowita ostrosc szczegolow. Ladnie odzwierciedlone kolory.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-08 18:33]

Hi Tom, a wonderful shot of the Cormoran ! Very sharp, good pose and a great eye ! well done,


Almost any animal can be 'domesticated' - even this one! Cormorants, I believe, had been used for fishing (with a collar around their neck, so they can't swallow). I had wild horses disallowed, then reinstated, so there is hope.
I love this funny pose and apt title!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-29 3:14]

Wow, I can't belive I missed this one! What a fab close up shot. Magnificent detail on the head, eye and beak of the cormorant, excellent focus on the clear green eye. Looks great against the blue water. Perfect exposure with great light, colour and sharpness. Excellent composition.

Nice title of yours photo.Good clarity of immage.Well done.Regards.Alin.

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