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Treshnish Puffin

Treshnish Puffin
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 14:56
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been really busy this week and have not had much time to consider what to post - so here is one I prepared but did not get round to posting earlier this year. I took this in June on Lunga in the Treshnish Isles. It was taken using my 300mm 2.8 lense + 1.4 converter, hand-held in the rain.

The Treshnish Isles are located in the Inner Hebrides of western Scotland. They are a series of small islands and skerries off the west coast of Mull in Argyll. They are rocky, with cliffs, screes and raised beaches, and support strongly maritime grassland and heath. The islands are important for their breeding seabird colonies, especially Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus. The most important seabird colonies are on Lunga, which supports the majority of Storm Petrels. The Treshnish Isles are also of importance as a traditional wintering locality for Greenland Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis.

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Hi James,

very beautiful place of this nice animal. Good sharpness.

Well done!


Hi James
Excellent photo of this puffin. Wonderful sharpness and colours.
Good point of view
Thanks for sharing

You sure are steady with that lens. How much did you crop this. I don't think we are getting quite that quality with our same lens and extender. But we are using the 30D if that makes a difference. It is a great shot of a favorite bird. I love the profile pose.

Evelynn : )

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-02 16:46]

Hi James,

The Puffin is number one on my list of birds I would like to see one day. The profile pose is just superb. Beautiful colors and excellent details to show this cute bird off so well. The lighting and background are wonderful.


Hi James,
Great bird profile, I love the bird pose.Beautiful colours and perfect BG.


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-11-02 17:46]

Hi James
Stunning shot
Superb detail and color
tfs jon

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-02 18:33]

Hello James,
Very nice capture, great POV and wonderful composition
He is very beautiful..


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-02 20:03]

Hi James
Very nice composition.Excellent POV and very sharp image whit great details.Colors are lovely.I hope to be able to capture one of them one day.
TFS Michel

Hello, James,
I think I have spent too much time on the wrong Trek site. What a lovely shot. From the perfectly detailed, sweet little face to his wonderfully saturated orange billed feet. I loove the way you can even see the detail on the downy feathers of its breast and that bokeh is perfect. Lighting, contrast.. all just extraordinary. This is an awesome photo. Thanks and kindest regards,

Superb clarity, detail, colour and composition are all great.
Brilliant shot!

Hi James
Quite a good shot
I like the pose and the exposure is pretty good
Good neutral background too.


Hello James,
Excellent exposure and focus on this beautiful captured!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well done and composed

Hello James,
A good pose from this colourful fellow!
I like the pose for a profile portrait, DOF is sopt on with great details in the plumage...
A fine close-up work and a delicate composition!
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-03 1:57]

Hi James,
WHat a fine shot of this Puffin, a bird I'd love to see, they're very cute! I like the close view and technicaly it is excellent. The composition is plain and beautiful too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi James,
Like its pose and that neat green background.
Well composed.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-03 5:52]

hello James,
We never get tired of these birds. They are so touching, they have something special. Excellent shot, great sharpness and pleasant blurred background. Thanks also for your note on the Treshnish Islands, of which I never heard before.
Best regards

I'm in love with the Puffins! What a wonderful photo! You captured the personality of this little one along with some fantastic color! Great work!

These puffins are a funny looking bird eh? I feel as though I live in an upper class neighborhood and one moves next door..."there goes the neighborhood" some would say! Ha! A very clear capture of this bird James. Nicely done and thanks for sharing it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-03 8:28]

Hello James.
Excellent photo of this Puffin. The contrast against the green BG is very beautiful. Very sharp and a nice pose. Good composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-03 10:23]

Hi James . That sounds a bit like Blue Peter one i prepared earlier. I just love the Puffin they have such a sad look on there faces. you have done so well with the light in the poor weather. good colours and detail. well done TFS.
have a good weekend.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-03 13:11]

HI James, i've missed a few but i'll try to catch up with you!
Lovely shot of this puffin, a great psoe you've caught him in here. Superb DOF and exposure, very well done.

Hello James
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Great focusing,pose and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-11-03 15:24]

Hanheld in the rain?! So sharp and well composed portrait :-).Great shot James, TFS.

james, this is parades.
Very well done. Great shot. tfs. Steve

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-03 18:15]

Hello James

A beautiful image of this puffin.The colours are beautiful.
A lovely pose captured and well placed in the frame.
The focus and details are sharp.
Postcard quality,

Hello James,
You bring here very charming and attractive Treshnish Puffin!
Wow! Wonderful details and colours with very nice composition & POV!
Many thanks for sharing this lovely photo.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-04 1:29]

Hello James, another one of yor fine shots ! Great bird with a perfect sharpness and a very good composition. Well done,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-04 1:33]

Hi James.
What a nice picture of this amazing bird. I see this species is very photogenic. Great clear colours, outstanding POV and composition, excellent sharpness and details of the image. Bravo. Excellent job.

Hi James,
Pleasing view of this Puffin.
Sweet birds and this is a good capture.
Great POV/pose and good focus detail.
Only nit is the dark right corner is a bit distracting.
TFS, Richard

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-05 4:14]

Hi James,
Very nice portrait of this cute puffin with good lighting, pose and colors. tfs
Have a nice week,

Hello James,
I like the pose in this Puffin capture, the technical qualities being excellent, as well as the BG.
Nice shot!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-07 0:54]

Hi James, a magnificent shot of this charming Puffin. Lovely portrait and pose with great light and vivid colours. Wonderful compositon.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-07 4:31]

Hi James,
how the hell could I have missed this?!?!
The quality of it is outstanding!
You've really hit the nail on the head with this one!
Very well done mate,

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