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Gull Against Spacious Skies

Gull Against Spacious Skies
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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: 2007-02-22
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
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight, Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-02 23:07
Viewed: 3634
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes, I know. It is another Ringbilled Gull. But I wanted to share this one because it looks almost like an angel in the sky.

It is almost full frame. I cropped a little from the top and left side. I could crop closer, but I like the spacious sky around the single gull.

I had a beautiful sky and it was a bright sunny day. Shooting in manual mode, I was able to under expose enough to get the accurate color of the gull.

I hope you enjoy.

Aperture = f8.0
Shutter = 1/1000s
ISO = 400 (maybe I should have tried 100)
Focal length = 125mm

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Hi Ken,
You're right, it really is a graceful pose and the sky in the background enhances its beauty.
I like the lighting and the very good sharpness of this in-flight shot.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-03-02 23:49]

nice action capture good focus nice pose by the bird

Hi Ken, wonderful gull in great flyng pose, splendid sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

That is an excellent picture! How the gull is hoovering on the air, using its wings to stay in the right position. Wonderful!


Very good capture and very good quality.
You caught an interesting moment.

Hi Ken ,
great image in nice moment.
well composed and great light and sharpness.
very well done.

bonjour Ken
enchantée de voir votre galerie
cette photo est magnifique,je voudrai en faire autant, mais bon
tres belle capture

Hello Ken

Excellent picture of this young Ringbilled Gull. Very good colours and excellent handling of the light. But what I like most of this picture is the position of the wings showing some motion in the picture. It is very difficult to get these pictures in just the right moment, but you did very well on this one.

Great job you did here.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-03 7:32]

Hi Ken,
Great in flight with superb detail and colors. Thanks for sharing Ken.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-03 9:34]

Hi Ken.
All your in flight gull shots are perfect technically. It is so difficult to get even exposure of eliminated and shadowed parts of bird at sunny day. You have solved this problem perfectly. I also like great sharpness and details of the gull and very nice cloudy sky. Exact work. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Ken,
A good in flight. No doubt.
Detail, sharpness and a wonderful blue sky...

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-03-03 13:41]

Hi Ken,
Another waonderful capture from you.
You can see every detail on its wing.
Great work.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-03 22:02]

Hello Ken

A beautiful in flight shot.Very well focused with good definition and detail.The colours are very nicely done.TFS


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-04 5:43]

A great shot wonderfully focused in action. Your have managed to capture an almost heavenly pose in flight together with great sharpness on the bird. POV and DOF is excellent. I love it.

Bonjour Ken
C'est une excellent Prise de vue en portrait de ce beau goellan en plein vol ! La composition très jolie avec de belles couleurs . Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci ....JP

Hi Ken, you've caught this guy with an unusual wing up beat. It's just not quite in the full up position yet. Very interesting pose. You're getting this down to a science now. Your exposure for this condition I think is bang on. Your notes are good and will help others get similar shots. Very well done.

Thanks, John

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