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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites, CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos, Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-31 2:27
Viewed: 4959
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
January was very busy and fruitful month for me (on work). And only now I have opportunity to visit TN and to post next in-flight shot. It was my second study of shooting high speed flying gulls at so short distance. As I have written last time, I was not satisfied with first attempt.

Second series, taken next day, was better quite a little bit. And I like this gull most of all.

In a week I undertook third attempt and I managed to get better series again. I hope I will have free time enough to represent other flying beauties too.

Have a good weekend.

Add. Info:
Shooting distance: 4.47 m.
Size Mode: full frame.
PP: cropped a little bit.

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To Maite: Hand held shot..Alex99 1 02-04 11:48
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Hello Alexei,
Great capture with a beautiful in flight bird. Very fine details and great focus.
Have a nice week end.

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful gull flying action. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-31 2:37]

Privet Alexei,
Very beautiful in-flight hot.She looks like an angel.Details on white plumage are perfect.I liked exposure against the blu sky,POV and catchlight in eyes also a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-31 2:39]

Hello Alexei,
As soon as I saw this I could guess this was your work! A fine in-flight shot of a Black-headed Gull in winter plumage.
The sharpness, lighting, POV and frozen wing position of this gull in flight all indicate that this is your high quality work.
Thanks for sharing this delight and taking a break from your busy life at work.
Best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-31 2:46]

Hi Alexei
Perfect capture, great action, good details and beautiful colors.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-31 2:49]

Hello Alexei,
Magnificent action capture.I liked moment you caught,crisp clear details,framing and composition a lot.Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,
Impressive in flight. very well done technically. Beautiful whites throughout the photo. In addition you got a nice blue sky as well.
Thanks for sharing

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-31 3:39]

Hi Alexei. This is a fine inflight close up of the Gull. The detail in the feathers is first class with fine focusing anf bright colours. The orange/red of the feet and bill stand out so well against the blue sky. well done TFS.

You have a good week end as well.

Hello Alex,
Great come back with an oustanding inflight photo
The light on the gull is wonderful and the focus is superb
You are really getting the best of your D700
Very well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-31 3:55]

Hello Alexei,
Fabulous close view of the Black-headed Gull in flight. Brilliant details, light and colours and a lovely composition too.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alesei,
a spectacular in-flight shot of a Black-headed Gull taken from an excellent POV, just at right moment you have captured this beautiful bird with superb sharpness in a very lovely composition, the colours are well satured.
Have a good weekend.

That's such a perfect shot, Alexei, so sharp, so close - and with wonderful sunlight.
Excellent work my friend, I like it very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Alexei,

You put high standard bench mark of in flight bird shot on your second study:-I.I could imegine after 10 to 50 study.Well its 100% perfect capture at least for me.....waiting for your next post ;-).TFS and have a nice weekend.


Hallo Alexei
I have missed some of your images and I am sad about it. I am so glad I saw this in flight gull image at this very moment. This is absolutely a feast to look at. I always thought of doves and pigeons as being gracious and pure, but looking at this image I think I can add this bird to that description. The details are well focused, sharp and well displayed. The feathers at the rear looks brittle and soft, almost like tissue paper. The body wings are impressive and displays beautiful against the clear blue sky. Add in the vivid coloured paws and beak, plus the polka dot eye and you have a perfect in-flight-in-action-freezed moment all in one superb photograph. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-01-31 5:33]

Witaj Alexei,
świetne ujecie mewy! I bardzo dobre kolorki - podobają mi się te czerwone łapki na tle białych piór. Bardzo dobry DOF i szcegóły.
To co bym zmieniła to kompozycja. Jest za ciasna według mnie, ale rozumiem, ze czasem inaczej się nie da...
Dziękuję za pokazanie tego zdjęcia i pozdrawiam

OH WOW! What a perfect action shot. Can't imagine better lighting - it's ideal! Wonderful handling of such a pure white.
Just gorgeous.

ciao Alexei!
this a tremendous blow to the timing for the pose in flight and the colors are amazing...
significant details of gulland great sharpness

best sERGIO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-31 7:54]

Hello Alexei,
Good to see you back after this short break.
This is a photo of great class. The red, white and blue colours are amazing. Superb clarity and contrasts. The sharpness and details are fantastic. The pose and composition are perfect; excellent timing.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-31 9:44]
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Hello Alexei , Excellent capture .very well composed .good weekend ,greetings teunie .

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-31 10:50]

Priviet Alex!

Good to see you again in great condition! Immaculate picture of this white bird. Perfect exposure, colours and POV. From this low POV and in this pose it looks like an angel. Excellent.

Wow! This is very impressive capture of this immaculate bird! What amazed me most is this control you had on exposure as we can see every detail with no OE. The bird's tail feathers is especially beautiful to look at. Contrast and blue sky complete this perfect post. Greetings,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-31 10:57]

Hi Alex,

I've missed you - long time between posts. But this in-flight gull was worth waiting for. Everything about it is picture perfect. I love the position of the wings, the almost smile on the face, the red legs against the beautiful white tail feathers. Colors, clarity and composition all magnificent.


hello Alexei

WOW ! what a superb close-up in-flight photography
of this gull, with a appropriate title to his flight pose,
the bird superbly frozen in the air, with great sharpness
and details, i love the light coming from on it by the side,
and doing one side in de shadows and the other side in the lights,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


Ciao Alexei, fantasting flying gull in great pose, perfect focus, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Alexei,
se ve enseguida que esta foto va a triunfar :-)
Impresionante enfoque, gran relismo y un control de los blancos muy hábil. Enfoque preciso a la cabeza con los ojos del ave muy bien captados: Enhorabuena !!

J. Ignasi.

A most impressive shot of a gull with wings in down stroke Alexei, and from a startling POV too, fine focus and exposure against a darkish, azure sky with only a slight OE in some parts. Alltogether a perfect composition my friend, TFS indeed!

hello Alexei
Fantastic capture of this gull in flight with good POV and DOF
the contrast between the white bird and the wonderfull blue sky is amazing. the whole bird are crisp clear detailled
Have a good WE

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-02-01 3:33]

Hello Alexei,
Almost eagle, very fine light and uncommon pose, beyond I like set of blue and white colours.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Alexei,
this is a first class picture, it's always great to see
a perfect exposure and white balance, it's not often these days. The smallest details a very well seen even in the white parts.
Very good focus with beautiful natural colours.
This is a picture people could learn a lot from.
Great work as usual, my friend.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-01 6:14]

Alexei, This is a superb capture. What a fantastic shot. Lovely shot of this bird in flight. WoW great composition. Ganesh

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-01 13:31]

Hello Alexei !
Nice to see a new picture from you, but I'm happy to hear that the reason for your absence was your success in your work - at least it's a a happy thing that kep you away ! :-) This picture is simply amazing ! I love everything in it : sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, pose of the bird, blue sky in the BG... The feathers of the tail looks specially beautiful. Very well done !

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-01 14:55]

Wow! it is a stunning beauty, you captured it so well, Alexei! We see each and every details, the light caresses the bird with brightness and warmth, it is superb. Thank you!


Hi Alexis,

All have been said of this top drawer first class shot. So sharp and flawless in flight against the blue sky. A winning image and well done indeed.


Hi Alexei!

It seems that you have your lens under control. At least, this picture is the proof of it. All is perfectly sharp. The exposure datas explain this very well. Although the bird is in movment, all its parts are in focus. But moreover, your lens does not only provide sharp, but also clear images. This reveals great details.

Kind regards


Hello Alexei
Wonderful picture with a excellent sharp and composition. Good colors and very clean. The details are very sharp.

You certainly do not, as usual, need me to tell you how good this is...it is you...who teaches me through the picture!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-03 3:57]

Hi Alexei,
excellent clarity and superbs sharpness. It is such a splendid composition.
Really beautiful and brilliant.
My words cant really define the excellence of this shot.


wow and wow , amazing capture Alexei !
details are perfect , contrast is perfect , colours are wonderful ,
very sharp picture and position of the bird is great ,
very well done!

Mario from Canada.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-02-03 13:23]
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What a marvellous capture!!!
I love the light and the perfect details on its feathers. Didn't you use any tripod? How did you do it so perfect? How impressive!
It's a gorgeous superb shot, my friend.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hello Alexei.

Fantastic image, composition, colour, light.

Jose Luis.

An angel in flight, so I think(as an artiste)
Love this shot, Alexei!Sorry am too busy with the doctors and hospitals!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-04 6:45]

Hi Alexei

Nice to hear that January has been a great working time for you, but i also hope that now you'll have a bit more free time for yourself and photography :)
This is another excellent in-flight from you, my friend!
The sharpness you demonstrate us here is impeccable and the POV and pose you manged to catch this gull in are fantastic.
I like the fact that he's looking at us, the fact that he only has a beautiful blue sky behind it, but probably most of all i like the details in the tail feathers - they almost let you see some blue through them right at their tips :)
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-04 10:04]

merhaba my dear friend, Alexei
wonderful capture of this cute gull with its artistic pose and excellent timing
i like composition, POV, sharpness and details

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2009-02-04 12:05]

Hi Alexei,
This is very good timing from your part. The sharpness, the exposure, compo, dof, details... this picture is complete.
Great light and I like the red beak and legs.
Well done and TFS

Hello Alexei,

What an incredible shot!
It seems churlish to begin criticising this because of its beauty.
I'm just going to say how much I enjoy looking at it and it is going straight into my favourites!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-05 2:56]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot with such impressive sharpness and clarity. Superb handling of natural lighting and exposure. The blue sky acts as a fine backdrop and this image is simply skill and expertise written all over it. Fantastic freezed moment.
TFS is superlative image.

hello alexei!
congrat to this very beautiful photo!
very nice to see!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-02-06 10:00]

Hi Alexei,
I do not think i should ask you "how have you been"!I see you have been having a great time with your new camera, each image getting more and more impressive.
This inflight close up capture is excellent in all aspects showing fine details on the bird.I like the diagonal angle of the bird as it movs forward and the cute red beak that is enriched and looking glossy in the sunshine.The eye contact with the bird is superb.But what i love most is the tail feather that is fanned out and is showing every bit of detail.It is almost as if I can feel the texture of each of the feather in there.

Thanks a lot for sharing

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-02-06 12:34]

Hi Alexei. This gull is frozen forever in this nice close up shot with the 80-200mm lens, a most useful one in the quiver most of us acquire over time. The Hoya UV keeps the skies blue and the white not over exposed which sometimes happens without. Beautiful job. TFS. Murray.

Dear Alexei,
brilliant capture, a masterpiece - perfect in every aspect!
Amazingly precise. Can't stop looking at it as the bird could not be shaped or lighted or placed in a more perfect way.
Superb picture, cheerfully funny to look at, too.
Congratulations to you my dear friend!
With all my best wishes to you,

Uma foto com imagem impressionante Alexei!
Detalhes fantásticos deste pássaro e cores lindas. Nitedez perfeita, bela composiçăo, meus parabéns!

Hi Alex
Frozen beauty ;-) Great photo. Perfect exposure on white fethers on sunny day, great blu background and fantastic POV
Best wishes

Terrific light & color Alexei, great BG.
Excellent comp, POV, DOF, sharp details, and a wonderful pose..
Who could ask for more?
Very well done!

Hi Alexei,

Excellent DOF, sharpness and details
Brilliant colors and BG


very nice-sharp capture, TFS Ori

Witaj Alexei
Amazing picture. You are the master of movement. Your wife had good idea. Ale You had to make these miraculous formaldehydes. Splendid quality of pictures. Colours, sharpness and frame - super.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-02 12:58]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura con efectivo enfoque.
sobresaliente pov, gran foto,
saludos Alex.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-03-06 15:24]
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Hi Alexei , WOW! what an amazing in-flight of this Gull , fabulous detail, with perfect lighting . you sure managed to stop its motion nicely.

I see you are shooting with a D-700 now , I wonder if this shot was helped using the cameras 3D focus tracking? , I have recently added a new camera too, the D-300 , I sure hope that I manage a shot like this this year :-) , this photo sure makes me more anxious for spring thaw to arrive...

thanks for sharing


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  • Suzy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 16] (101)
  • [2009-03-18 22:36]

wow! what a capture! I can see every single detail on this Gull! as if it's going out of the screen:) fantastic beauty against the blue sky! actually looks like an angel! this bird fascinates me a lot and I always find it difficult to capture it in a perfect way! just like this..
my compliments and regards Alexei

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-02 13:17]

Hello Alex,

EXCELLENT!!! I am speechless!

Nice day


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-28 12:36]

Hi Alexei,

This gull looks like an angel. Impressive. You managed the white very good.The combination of white and blue is wonderful.TFS.


Hello Alexei,

The moment is very well captured, with the wings in this lovely position!
Impressive details, and spot on exposure of the shining white plumage...
Good eye contact with the bird!

Pablo -

Hi Alex,
I truly hope you'll return to TN soon and give us so spectacular views again as you did now. Your style is unmistakable, and your photos are of exceptional quality. No enough "bravo"-s and "thanks" to say for this superb shot.
Best regards, László

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