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Marching in Step

Marching in Step
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-04 20:18
Viewed: 3888
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In my past couple of posts Iíve shown a Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) walking along the surf, and flying. In this post the male and female are marching in step together down the beach. The male is the front one with the shorter beak. In the workshop I have shown the two together, just slightly out of step. I think I actually prefer the workshop photo better, but the original has them closer in step so I displayed it.

I follow a generic workflow now as outlined in my Bio.
Details and differences to this are as follows:
Shot taken at 200mm, ISO 250, f/6.7, 1/350 sec
Levels Ė tweaked
Used overlay layer with 5% opacity black and white brush for dodging and burning
Saturation (incremental +15 to master, +10 to red (based on proof colours compare)
Saved at 88% quality for 292K

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-04 22:07]

Hi John

Lovely shot - good colour and exposure - I like the way the beaks seem to glow. Well seen and captured.


PS I am amazed you have never seen a bear in Canada! The first time I saw a bear was when I was 22 - I had gone camping with my Canadian friend on the shores of Lake Superior. We had had a few beers, had gone to sleep without clearing the remains of the barbeque and I was woken up by the sounds of the racoons pillaging the remains. Suddenly they scattered and (what seemed) an enormous snout started sniffing round the tent - eventually it moved off (so I didn't actually see it as such). I had to wait several years for my next sighting!

Hi John,

Nicely seen and taken I've only just realised that there are two birds their, even reading your note it didnít click, yeah I know the old grey matter is starting to fade along with the hair, and the bank account, anyway excellent colours, love the POV, superb detail,

Cheers Rick :)

Hello John,

Wow, this is a great fellow!
Or rather two of them, hehehe...
Excellent colours and details in the bird, which I like to see looking for food in its own typical environment!

Pablo -

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-05 0:03]

Hi John,
Beautiful capture of this oystercatcher.POV,pose of bird,details on black plumage,colors and contrast are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-05 0:10]

HI John,
This is really in step.When i saw this first, i was thinking this must be yet another shot of your earlier oystercatcher shot.And this is double whammy!The pair,looks absolutely in tandem marching their way.They look so well coordinated as if by practice.
I like the way you have added in the environment and the technical notes are quite helpful for the likes of me who have so much to learn on PP aspects.
Thanks for sharing and cheers

Bellissima illusione ottica con le due beccacce quasi perfettamente sovrapposte, eccellenti POV e composizione (anche in WS), ottime nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, splendidi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi John
Well seen and captured. I almost thought it was the same photo you had previously posted then i realised they were two of them! Nice contrasting colour and good sharp detail.

Hallo John
A great capture, you being at the right place at the right time. This is a remarkable action shot, with excellent focus and sharpness. You have captured these two extremely well and it looks as if they where trained to march together. You handled the blacks perfectly, and I like the water droplets on the plumage. This is a photo of high quality and you can be proud of yourself with the result. Beautiful colours and good light. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi John,
Another great image in your session with this bird..
At first glance I thought this was a mid-stride pooper-scooper deal..But the color of the waste material seemed somehow skewed ;-}
I like your POV and the two-n-sync is very cool. Nice :)
Unique post mf,

Hi John,
Well, I must admit initially I thought I'm seeing a three legged oystercatcher, an interesting and fine capture indeed from the best possible POV my friend, TFS this "unorthodox" image with us.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-07 9:02]

hi John
superbe image, je me demandais pourquoi j'avais trois pattes. Au bout de quelques instant je comprends mieux. Excellent timing.


hello John

i love better the one in the Workshop bcause we can feel
the foot movement of their walk, fine POV, DOF and framing,
wonderful warm luminosity, great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi John,

The Sooty Oystercatcher is impressive. The point of view allows us to see the details and colors of the bird. The photo is clear and sharp. The light brings out the best of the colors. have a nice day.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-06-10 18:17]

Hi John, Your series of this big bright beaked bird is excellent. I like the contrasting colours of his eye and beak against the darker seaweed. I have not seen one of these myself as yet. TFS. Murray.

Excellent shot, John...
Very well timed, framed and captured.

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