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Stand and Deliver


Stand and Deliver
Photo Information
Copyright: Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-11 10:52
Viewed: 5276
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Our black-headed gulls, Larus ridibundus, are back again, now in winter plumage without the chocolate brown hoods of summer which give them their name. For winter plumage the hood is replaced by a dark spot on the cheek. Length about 35-39 cm, weight about 230-260 gram, wingspan some 86-99 cm. Red bill and feet. Young birds have a narrow dark band on the tip of the tail, so this one is a grown up.

At long last we did get a bit of sun again, so this afternoon Milloup and I headed off with the camera down to the lake. I was running out of bread so I had only 3 slices to distribute to "the hungry masses". And the gulls seemed very hungry indeed, possibly as a result of the severe gale we had a few days back. I can't imagine they've been able to be on the wing on that day, at any rate. Scarcely had I dumped a few pieces into the water before they were jockeying for position and lining up for the kill. This one stayed hanging in the air as if to tell me to "Stand and Deliver" ;-))
Exposure compensation -1/3
Treatment: Crop, USM and resize.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-11 10:54]

Very good image Bente. Good DOF and POV. Very well done.

Very good Bente.
It's nice to see it without the brown hood.
Good composition, details and very nice pose.
Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-11 11:58]

I heard by you and by the news on the television of the terrible storm which you underwent in Denmark and somewhere else in Europe. It is very good to wonder about the way that animals protect themselves during such storms. Us, with our houses and buildings, are relatively safe, but the animals...
Good appropriate title. An excellent work: image and note.
Thanks

P.s.: our gulls like very much chips of McDonald ;-)

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-01-11 13:04]
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I try every day to take pictures from these birds but without succes because I can't approach them they are affraid. So, your shot is superb,full of colours and details.

This one had to land on your lens, Bente. It is the closest I have seen a gull in-flight. What was the focal distance? It looks really close. Nice sharp details and I kinda like the compo. That tail feathers looks so nice.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-11 14:42]

Hi Bente
This is beautiful, nice light here on the bird, good colour rebdition, pose and catch.
I think he was eying the chick in the lens, driven neared to investigate the strange apperition!
I am glad you got some sun

Bente, Excellent capture. Like the soft lights overall effect and that tail feather spread seen so well. Great work!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-12 0:03]

It is demanding, so this one must be a female :) This is a great moment which you captured with excellent sharpness and detail.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Composition: ***
Sharpness: **
Color: ***
DOF: **
POV: ***

Nice shot but focus a bit soft, very good light.
TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-12 7:45]

Little blurred but I like composition and light. Great action shot and good note.

Yes Benta the composition is great here. A little motion Blurr adds to overall effect. Very nice.

I missed that one, Bente! I like the colors and the warm soft light, the best one on white feathers. The very subtle motion blur gives another dimension to this shot, as well as the efficient close framing. Very well done;

Superb shot Bente. From the answer you gave to Jean Louis, I can see that nothing is "by chance" in this capture. You really managed to get a best shot. Light is just perfect from the right while the bird is flying against the wind to the left. I like the warm white tones and the reds of the beak and legs. And the tight crop works for me.

A really beautiful capture with the late evening light! The black spot on the head is interesting, I've never seen one like that before. Nice post!

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