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"waiting for fishing"

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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-16 2:31
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 140
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken at Sapanca Lake from the sea-bicycle handhelded.

İnfos from birdguides.com
Pygmy CormorantPhalacrocorax pygmeus:

Its rounded, fluffed-up head and shorter bill give it a gentler, more comical appearance than the other cormorants and its long paddle-like tail sticks out almost as much as its head so it can sometimes appear to be flying backwards. The distinctive head shape, long tail and small size are all good ways to identify this bird and at close range you should also notice that the adults have brown heads and black bodies.
Breeds and winters on shallow lakes, fish-ponds and marshes. Often feeds along rivers and drainage channels but never at sea.
Present in only a few wetland areas but often very numerous where they do occur. Favoured sites include Lake Kerkini and Mitrikou (Greece), Lake Skutari (Montenegro) and the Sultan marshes (Turkey).
An estimated European total of 5000 pairs. Russian population 150-250 Turkish population 2000-5000

Thanks for looking and have great week!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-16 2:38]

Hello Omer,
Great shot of a watchful Pigmy Cormorant. from a fine POV. Can't be easy taking such a sharp shot on a sea bicycle. Lovely lighting and composition.
Nice to see a good shot of a species that I would very much like to photograph myself.
Thank you!
Regards, Ivan

There is an epic quality to this image, Omer.
Let me share with you my innermost thoughts regarding this deeply moving picture.
There is something elemental in your vision here that verges on the sublime.
I don't know how you do it but this forlorn Cormorant perched on a submerged stub of wood looks like a character waiting for the arrival of Noah's mythical boat to pick it up. The 'sea' in this picture fades into nothingness after a few ripples visible in the foreground and then it turn into a graphic symbol of eternity.
The technical excellence seen here is another matter altogether.
Hats off to you, my young friend!!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-06-16 2:49]

Hello Omer,
Quite a result for a handheld capture with a 500/4 from a sea bicycle! Nice composition with the bird nicely placed in the frame. Great colour/light/exposure, however I think it would benefit from rotating clockwise just to make the sea level. Very nice capture!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-16 2:55]

Ömer Bey böylesi mükemmel bir balıkçıl duruşu ve anı yakalamak ne güzel. Her açıdan nefis bir kare. Elinize sağlık.

Hi Omer,

Very good capture of this Pygmy Cormorant. It does indeed look quite comical. Good pose and composition, sharp details and nice colours.



beautiful shot!

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-06-16 3:39]

Suyun dokusu, minikk karabatagin tunegi ve netlik dikkat cekiyor. Elinize saglik Omer Bey.

Hi Omer,
Excellent capture of this watchful fisher, well composed.
Great handheld work, you got a workout lugging that 500mm around..Very good detail, color, and exposure.
The primes always seem to produce a most pleasing bokeh, your Pygmy Cormorant is well isolated in the frame. As Adrian has said, perhaps a slight clockwise rotation would be better..or not :)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-16 3:50]

Hi Omer,

A different platform to photographp from,but you managed quite good,very nice composed image with good colors,detail and sharpness,tfs


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-16 4:01]

hello Omer,
I don't know how you succeed to make such a sharp picture on a sea-bicycle. It is a magnificent shot, great in its simplicity and well composed with the slightly decentred position of the bird.
Sorry that I have deleted my picture for which you made a very kind critique. I had some doubts on its sharpness. I went to look at it on my son's PC, which conviced me to delete it.
Meilleures salutations

Hello Omer,
lovely shot,superb composition and pov,great sharpness,excellent handheld work,nice pose.
very well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-16 5:03]

Hello Omer,
Excellent photo, beautiful in its singleness. Sharpness and colours are very good. Great POV from your sea-bicycle. Lovely composition.

  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-16 5:49]

Hello Omer, This is super shot. As most of the comment is given by ram sir and this is superb just brilliant. I can see the expression of the bird on the water lonely. Millions are word written in the expression. Superb and Bravo.Ganesh smiey tmrw

Hello Omer,
This is a classic pose for the Cormorant, just waiting to
snap his meal. The picture is very well composed and very
sharp, great POV and luminosity... Well done


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-06-16 8:12]

Hi Omer,
Nice shot, lovely details and well positioned in the frame. Well done and TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-16 8:16]

Merhaba Omer Bey,
Isik, renkler ve yakaladiginiz poz ile cok guzel bir kucuk karabatak fotografi. Elinize saglik

Ömerr Bey selamlar. Nefis bir kare... arka plan harika duruyor. elinize sağlık.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-16 10:00]

Hi Omer,

There is something very special about this photo - it is much more than a shot of a lone Pygmy Cormorant. The perch is wonderful, the colors are beautiful, the details are excellent. But his face!! I don't know if it's just the simple fact that he was tired of waiting for some fish or if it is an expression of deep loneliness. Whatever he is feeling or thinking this is a wonderful study.


Meravigliosa composizione per questo solitario Marangone minore (in italiano), eccellente POV, straordinaria nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli del piumaggio e dell'occhio con il riflesso luminoso, molto belli i colori e BG azzurro dell'acqua. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Omer,
Well done.
From a sea-bicycle handheld?:-)
...very good sharpness!

Offf.... bu ne asalet Ömer bey... her zman sizden bu güzel enstantaneleri bekliyor olduk.. Nefis bir su sakinliği eşlğinde deniz bisikletini dahi mükemmel kullanarak bu görüntüye ulaşabilmişsiniz. Elinize sağlık... Harika...


epey aradan sonra harika bir çekim daha. nefis bir sahne olmuş, Ömer bey elinize sağlık, renklerden açıya herşeyiyle çok çok güzel.

Merhaba Omer,
Excellent shot of this Cormorant with such a beautiful pose of it!
the image is so sharp with great details and natural colour
well done and many thanks

Pardon my ignorance, brother,but is this a duck, a kingfisher,....what is it in English?
the shot is lovely and your title very apt!

Hello Omer.
Well I have not seen a pygmy cormorant before so it is a pleasure.
I like the pose and this perch it sits on.
Good feather details as well.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-17 1:01]

Hello Omer, this is a wonderful composition from you. So calm and peaceful, and even how the Shag (NZ) /Cormorant is settled on the branch in the water is very artistic.
Beautiful shot

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-17 8:21]

Hello Omer,
Lovely capture of the Pygmy Ormorant in a typical pose and in beautiful light. I like ormorants and this one is very beautiful. Grat sharpness and natural colours in a beautiful composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-17 8:59]

Hello Omer

Excellent pov and composition.
The plumage detail is wonderful ,the feathers are well defined,well done.
Very good pov and dof.
The colours are natural and well saturated.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-17 11:39]

Hi Omer

That looks like such a lonely shot with the comorant in the wide expanse of blue. It is beautifully composed and the focus is excellent especially if you were on a sea bicycle!



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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-17 12:24]

Hello Omer,

Very nice composition with a very good perch on which the cormorant is waiting. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Great light and colours.

Hi Omer..Good light and colour, sharp shot and lovely pose...Nice composition too...Best wishes...Leyla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-17 13:30]

Excellent capture of this Pygmy Cormorant!
Very good POV and composition.
Superb DOF that has blurred the BG very well.
Great lighting and tones.
Sharp with great clarity.

Well done, Omer!


nice composition, TFS Ori

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-17 20:36]

Hi Omer,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Cormorant in a vigilant pose and waiting for fishes. Immaculate sharpness and clear details. Superb lighting and the rippled water creates a fine effect. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Merhaba Omer, splendid cormorant in great waiting pose with fantastic details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-18 11:10]

Hi Omer,this is a fantastic shot! I like a lot the face of the bird,it seem to say that today isn't a good jurney to fishing..eheheh...very excellent portrait,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-18 14:21]

Hi Omer

A superb shot - wonderful detail against a lovely BG, Excellent work.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-19 0:56]

Salam Omer,
A very regal looking cormorant waiting for its catch of the day. I have ne'ver seen a cormorant as graceful as this.I guess it has to do with the composition....the water looks a distant stretching blue and it looks realtivelty calm and in sync with the calm posed posture of the bird itself.The curvature of the log on which it is perched has worked very well to create that elegant effect in its posture.The PoV very finely gives details of the plumage which is wonderful.This is a really classic shot and goes right into my favourites.

TFS & Cheers

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-19 5:24]

Merhaba Ömer bey oldukça güzel bir kare olmuş ellerine sağlık.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-19 9:53]

Hi Omer.
You have selected subject for shooting brilliantly. I am amazed with pictured scene. I am also impressed with quality of the image and its artistry. Reflection of the water surface as a BG is great. Image of the bird is superb. Details, sharpness and colours are perfect. Bravo. Excellent job.

Hi Omer. Another stunning post with excellent capture of this perfectly perched bird. I like the composition and perspective. Regards. Jusni

Hi Omer,
A nice capture of this beautiful Cormorant. Excellent composition and sharp details. Very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Omer
Lovely shot of this Pigmy Cormorant. I like th tufts on his head, certainly different from our Aussie Cormorants. Wonderful capture on the wood and good colour and sharpness.

Merhaba Omer bey, cok guzel poz vermis, Sende cok guzel yakalamisin, tebrikler Selam Necip.

Salut Omer
Belle prise de vue. Le sujet a vraiment un air déterminé. Belle luminosité et belles couleurs.

Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-21 7:02]

Hola Omer.
Great image of this "lonely Cormorant" I guess it is the best way to catch some food. Great pose and lovely warm colors of blue.
Saludos Omer.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-21 8:22]

Hola Omer,
hermosa foto,
detalles y excelente foco...
agradable ambiente.

The Cormorants are MOST difficult to register because they are so very dark; however, a CLOSE inspection can show that they are adorned with BEAUTIFUL plumage.
Your note is HIGHLY EDUCATIVE & very professional.
Technically this image "touches" EXCELLENCE. Another touch of light and it would fly to EXCELLENT.
Greetings from Mario.

Hi Omer, just a brilliantly timed and executed image, superb capture and fine work... regards h

Hi omer ,
What a nice shot.
It has great details and nice BG.
Amazing colours and nice light.
A perfect work

Kind regards

Hi Omer
This shot is a clasic composition, very nice colour, with lovely ligting.

Ömer Bey selamlar, nefis bir kare. Elinize sağlık.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-29 14:50]

Hola Omer, me gusta la composición, el aire que tiene hacia donde mira creo que le da libertad, la luz y el color muy buenos. Un saludo

Omer bey cok guzel bir komposizyon. kusun durusunu cok sevdim. tesekkurler... cypturk

Hello Omer !
You really have an amzing galery, full of wonderful pictures. On this one, I love the pose of the Cormoran, he looks very proud. He's also cute. Excellent details too, nice natural colors, and I love the water - in the FG we can see some ripples, then the water is becoming more and more blurred, and it is fading completely in the BG. Looks great. Very well done !

hello Omer

this is a very beautiful shot, very fine POV, DOF and framing,
i love the cormorant's pose, it's if he was part of that wood,



Hola Omer,
Preciosa imagen de este cormorán que nos muetras con gran nitidez y detalles, excelente DOF e iluminación conseguido, bonito punto de vista, Saludos
José Ramón

Hallo Omer
The exposure shows excellent detail in the black plumage on this Pygmy Cormorant. Especially the feathers on the side of the bird are well displayed. I heard that it is not easy to take pictures of black creatures like this, because it is easy to loose details. But here you caught it perfectly, with amazing sharpness on all aspects. The light is ideally used and displayed. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-29 11:12]

merhaba ömer
tipik duruşu ve pozuyla hoş bir kadraj
kompozisyon, renkler ve detaylar nefis
eline sağlık

Very clear, very beautiful!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-29 23:27]

Hello Omer,
what an exciting and stunning shot. Great clarity and excellent sharpness. The mood set by the bird is also greatly shown and felt.
Brilliant composition.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-09 10:16]

Hello Omer, very nice composition of this Cormorant on its perch. Beautiful and technically very good! Thanks,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-30 6:49]

Hello Omer,
Wonderful shot of this very fine looking bird, the detail in the feathers is Very good, wonderful pose, really nice work,

Regards Siggi

Excelente enfoque y composición Omer. El ave parece una continuación del posadero. Un gran equilibrio del conjunto.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Omer
Beautiful shot


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-19 16:41]

Hello Omer,
Incredible sharp and well composed image.

Merhaba Ömer Bey. İlginiz için teşekkür ederim. İngilizcem çok iyi değil. Ne yazayım, bilmiyorum ki... Selamlar...

Hi Ömer,
Fantastic shot - absolutely minimalistic composition, but this makes it very interesting! Great timing - even small waves and rings are well visible. Absolutely perfect DOF and sharpness, MF. I disagree with Mario, in his WS version he "photoshopped the image through" - there's a bright halo around the bird (due to the strong dose of curve adjustment), which wasn't seen on Your original pic. Yours is MUCH, MUCH better.
Interesting specie, it also lives in Hungary. I just checked out www.birding.hu for more infos - this specie was detected 2 days ago the last time, on a lake closed to Szeged city, detector counted 145 specimens.
Tfs and congrats, best regards from Hungary, László

Hello Omer
a very beautiful species of cormorant, nice composition of this shot
I lik the fine details on the bird, the wonderful blue water and the sharp details
Have a nice WE

Excellent picture.

Hello Omer,
Excellent sharp details of the fluffy plumage and the POV/pose is great here..Nice color, exposure, DOF, and composition. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes-Subhash

Dear Omer,
I like very much the way you controlled the depth of field, creating a pastel background, and drawing all attention to the bird and it's rather unusual position.

I wonder, if it was actually looking, watching you?!?

Your perfect focus demonstrates all details of the plumage and shows - how tidy waterbirds keep their feathers.

I like the natural colours.
Have a good week,
Kind regards

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