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The Aerodynamic Gannet

The Aerodynamic Gannet
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-01 19:27
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The Aerodynamic Gannet

Even the best flight engineers in the world could not design something superior to the aerodynamic gannet.

The gannet is not only perfectly adapted for flight it is also beautiful.

Each individual feather is streamlined, over lapping to form a perfectly smooth surface.

The feathers are light, just as their bones are, letting them float through the air on the edge of any wind.

Each individual feather has its own specific purpose but they work together to provide harmony and perfection in flight.

The gannets effortless grace and beauty is enchanting to watch.

The wing span of the gannet can reach an incredible 2 metres.

Notes copied off the information boards at the Muriwai Gannet Colony

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To claudine: New Zealand - not AustraliaJanice 2 02-02 07:04
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Hi neighbor,

Excellent sharp focus in flight. This is definitely top drawer image with such sharpness and excellent details. Flawless framing from higher ground and you have managed the exposure really well. Awesome post and well done indeed, Janice.

Warmest regards,

Hi Janice,

Wow this is a stunner, excellent POV looking down on this gannet in full flight. Superb detail in the plumage, wonderful colours, really nice work, all the best.

Cheers Rick :)

Hello Janice,

This is a wonderful capture taken from unusual POV. It rare that we can see this bird from this perspective! Exposure, composition and colors are wonderful; congrats!

I hope that you are OK down there with these strange temperatures (+ 48-50 C !!! ) Ouch! This is wayyyyyyy… tooooo hoooot for me :-) Over 25, I begin to feel bad so, I hope that everything is OK for you! Regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-01 22:03]

Hi Janice
Nice capture with beautiful colors.

Hi Janice!

The bird and the picture as well are superb. especially like the particular point of view that changes from the blue sky we often see. The details of the bird are magnificent and the picture highlights the aerodynamical aspect at best. Moreover, the lighting - certainly not easy with the contrasted colours - is perfect.

Kind regards


Hi Janice,
Wonderful photo, great details, good timing, superb colors. Really great work.
Best whishes,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-02 0:08]

Hello Janice,
Amazing detail with your perfect focus. outstanding exposure and very true colors. I like very much.TFS

A beautiful breath taking shot...Superb..TFS..
I happened to see two pics. with the similar theme posted on this website. Have a look


and read my comments too. Best wishes

Hello Janice,
Excellent in flight shot taken with a very interesting and impressive POV. superb sharpness, details and a well composed picture. Thanks for the share,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-02 1:59]

Hi Janice,
Lovely in flight capture.Details on white and black plumage are perfect.Exposure is spot on and very well composed.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Janice,
Excellent capture of Gannet in flight. It is one of the most beautiful seabirds. Great POV from above, good composition, excellent definition of white details, excellent sharpness, lighting and colours.

Süperrrrr bir fotoğaf Janice.Nefis bir bakış ve nefis bir çekim :)

Hello Janice,
Very long wings. I wasn't aware they were so long. Strange aspect ratio as the width is rather small. I agree it's not only aerodynamic (I think:) but it is also beautiful.
Thanks for sharing

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-02 4:48]

Janice, Simply awesome shot. Superb inflight of this bird with a classic color against the BG. Ganesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-02 5:49]

Hello Janice,
Excellent in-light photo in a perfect composition. The POV from above is very special. Good sharpness and details. Superb natural colours.

Hy Janice
Yes, indeed, gannets and albatrosses are masters of flight!This picture shows perfect the caracteristic of this kind of birds: the big wings comparing with the body.

HI Janice,
it's a fantastic shot of this bird in flight.
I wonder how you made it from above ...
I would love to see these birds in free nature too, must be impressive, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

By the way, I also have an australien bird here today - but living here in Europe now.

A beautifully executed capture of this natural "planeur" from the best possible POV Janice, very detail revealing sharp take indeed against a blurry, darkish BG. It really has a very aerodynamic shape, except for that out-sticking left foot, I'm afraid...

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-02-03 15:27]

Hi Janice,
Amazing photo,very good quality and sharpness,topping colors.

I salute Slawek.


It has been a few days since I have visited my favorite New Zealand photographer, but I am glad I am back. I love this shot.

First, the POV is great. It is not often that we are able to see the top side of birds in flight.

The lighting and and DOF is just right to catch the full wingspan of the beautiful bird.

Since we don't see this guy where I live, I want to thank you for sharing with us.

Take care - bob

Yes, indeed a marvel, Janice!
Love the details, and the POV!

Kia Ora Janice,
This is real good one on the inflight shot!
perfect angle from the sunlight!
take care and warmest regards

Ciao Janice, beautiful flying Gannet with wonderful open wings, perfect focus and wonderful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is superb, excellent POV looking down on the gannet in flight. Superb detail in the plumage, wonderful colours, beautiful work.

Olá Janice

Uma foto espetacular.
Ótima captura desse momento maravilhoso...uma ave linda, nas cores branco e preta e com belíssimos detalhes.

Hi Janice,
They are beautiful inflight as they glide..
Their wingspan is wide, a perfect aerodymic design. He does good work hey :)
Great details, POV, and comp, the B&W plumage is well exposed.
Well done!

nice-sharp capture, TFS Ori

Hello Janice.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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