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The Kiss

The Kiss
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-21 19:01
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Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes, it is another Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) that I photographed on 12/18/06 at the lake near my home. I wanted to show you the pose and reflection. This one is full frame (no cropping). I adjusted contrast and sharpened.

Ring-billed gulls are medium-sized gulls. Males are larger than females. They are 46 to 54 cm long (average 50.2 cm) and weigh 400 to 700 g (average 550 g). Females are 43 to 50 cm long (average 46.9 cm) and weigh 300 to 600 g (average 470 g). Adults of both sexes have a wingspan of approximately 127 cm.

The back and shoulders of ring-billed gulls are pale bluish-gray, and the head is white. The wings are tipped in black with evident white spots, and the belly is whitish.

Ring-billed gulls have yellowish or greenish legs and feet. Their most distinctive feature is a sharply defined narrow black band that encircles the bill.

Immature ring-billed gulls have different coloration than adults. First year birds are whitish with brown flecks and have very dark wing tips and tails. Second year birds are more like the adults, but have a black-tipped tail.

Chicks have two color phases; some are smoky gray, while others are buff with dark spots.

Ring-billed gulls may be confused with herring gulls (Larus argentatus). Herring gulls are larger and have a thicker bill that lacks a clearly defined black ring.
Source: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Larus_delawarensis.html

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  • Lawn (0)
  • [2006-12-21 19:31]

HI ken

Just great

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-12-21 19:48]

hi Ken,

what a kiss, wh a lover.
the sharpnes is perfect, also I like a lot the reflection.

just perfect, TFS,

Hi Ken,
Very nicely timed shot, capturing great pose of this gull. Nice DoF, sharp and neat image.
Reflection is a plus.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • tigra Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 1 N: 24] (93)
  • [2006-12-21 20:36]

Hello Ken,
Marvellous capture - sharp and detailed, with beautiful reflection in the water.

Great colour and reflections. Well caught...

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-21 23:25]

Hello Ken

This is cute.Excellent timing and reflection.Good POV and DOF.The shot is well focused with natural colours that are well saturated.This is like one of those Aesop's fables,the gullible gull ,who is talked into letting his fish go so he can kiss the beautiful gull of the lake.lol.


Hi Ken ,
excellent captured.
well composed.
thanks my friend


Excellent timing! The subject is a little too centered for good composition, but the excellent exposure, the grace of the pose and the symmetry created by the reflection pull it off.

Hi Ken

Wow.... brilliant shot! Well done! :-)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-22 3:49]

Hi Ken.
Great moment,really.Splendid position,composition and perfect timing.
Excellent capture!
Thanks and greetings.

This is great! Amazing reflection and action caught. With all my congrats; really,

Estupendo retrato. Bella composición con esos reflejos tan maravillosos. Parece un ángel.
Un saludo amigo y Feliz Navidad.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-22 20:11]

Hi Ken,
a great composition with excellent timing. You captured the bird just as it touched down. Very well done. POV, sharpness and colors are great. The reflection makes this such an delightful photograph.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-23 6:04]

Hi Ken, well captured. Lovely action and well done on the focus and exposure. Good shot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-29 7:40]

Hi Ken.
Very nice action shot and perfect Kiss (I mean Title). Irreproachable cropping and composition. Amazing captured moment and mirror reflection. Great work with lighting, exposure and DOF. Details and sharpness both images are outstanding. My compliments and best wishes at holiday time.

Hi Ken
Superbe photo,j'aime bien l'éclairage particulier et les détails.Félicitation pour la composition générale et la qualité d'image.La posture de cet oiseau est exceptionnelle.
Merci et passe de Joyeuses Fêtes...JP

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-30 4:44]

Wow! What a perfect instant!
Excellent shot very nicely achieved and with a really beautiful composition.
Great job, Ken.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Happy new year!

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  • kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)
  • [2007-01-09 23:47]

I like this shot very much, Very well captured in this great pose. timing and details are excellent. Very well done.Best wishes, kona

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-05-12 22:56]

Hello Ken,
Good timing, great capture, lovely picture!
The reflexion in water is perfect and so nice!
Sharpness and details are excellent.
Nice composition, I like it very much!
You have so beautiful photo in your galery!
Congradulations and thank you for sharing!
My best regards,

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