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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 0000
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-13 3:17
Viewed: 4532
Points: 54
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I just had a short trip to Iceland. I only had about 4 days on land but I did manage to go and see some puffins. I hoped to get some shots of them flying or carrying food for their young but as you can see my puffins were a bit chilled out. They sat there looking at me with their sad eyes. I was told by a local that they are late in laying the eggs this year which is why they are not feeding the young yet.

Later in the year the whole island is involved in rescuing the young puffins who are attracted by the lights of the town. With cats and traffic this is dangerous so the locals collect them in boxes, keep them safe overnight and then release them in the morning at the cliffs

Argus, darwin, anel, Juyona, pekkavalo1, NinaM, CeltickRanger, zulfu, spalaxtr, falke, goldyrs, nglen, jaycee, Maite, Luis52, Alex99, jconceicao has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-13 4:12]

Hello Karan,
A very fine capture of a Puffin, beautifully composed as it sits on the grassy slope. The sharpness, colours, POV and pose are all excellent.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-13 4:15]

Hello Karan,
You're lucky to have been able to see this lovely bird! Your capture is excellent showing details very sharply and the colours are beautiful. I like the way it is lying in the grass with the sky as a background. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Karan
Lovely composition and pose with wonderful color tones and crystal clear details
tfs jon

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-13 5:28]

hello Karan,
These birds are really irresistible. This one just looks so sad, we would like to hug it. Interesting point of view and well composed picture. Iceland is a country I would like to know too.
Best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-13 5:48]

Hola amiga, Iceland... Woow :))
preciosa ave,
bellos colores y hermoso encuadre,
bella composición y nota.
saludos Karan...

Hi Karan,
Excellent capture of Puffin taking it easy. Very good pose and composition, nice POV and BG, sharp details and natural colours.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-07-13 7:09]

Wow, lucky you to have gone to Iceland, I stopped once by plane for about an hour and I thought the air and the beautiful light wre fantastic! And what landscapes! This picture is superb, Karan, the pov is spot on and the background added to the grass in a diagonal line give the composition a rich and dynamic look. The colour puffin stands out nicely and they are such cuuuute creatures! Your notes were also very interesting, thank you!


hello Karan

excellent shot of this relaxing Puffin, fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, and beautiful colours
of the bird's hear part (beak, eye,), also very excellent notes
on the Puffins in Iceland, TFS


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-13 7:21]

Hello Karan, a lovely shot of this beautiful young puffin. TFS.
Regards, Mehmet

Hi Karan,
Fantastic bird and very nice photo. Really seem very relax. TFS. Regards,

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-07-13 8:17]

Congratulations to a superb portrait of this beauty! Perfect exposure and sharpness! I wish I get this close to them one day.... ;o)

Best regards/Bengt

Have you ever seen toys that look like this?This looks exactly like one!
Amazing shot, my friend!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-13 10:33]

Hi karan. A nice tri to Iceland if only 4 days . This is a fine close up of this Puffin that looks as you say a bit sat and fed up. All the same youhave good detail and natural colours.well done TFS.

Hello Karan,
Beautiful image of Puffin from Iceland!
great handsome pose of it in total sharpness, very nice colour and details
also thanks for the useful notes as well
have a nice day, my friend!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-13 11:10]
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Hi Karan,

The Puffin is at the top of my list of birds I must see. I'm thinking about Iceland - how cold was it? Really - be honest. I freeze when it's below 70F. A wonderful Puffin posing beautifully for you on the hill. Amazing clarity, gorgeous colors, excellent details of this most adorable bird. A wonderful picture and composition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-13 12:39]

Hello Karan,
This wonderful photo deserves my 5000th critique. Everything in this photo is so good. The contrasting and clear colours, the sharpness, the composition and the POV are outstanding.

Hi Karan
Great POV - perfect shot. I like composition, sharpness and DOF, colors everything Very good job

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-13 19:44]

Hi Karan,
Just marking this wonderful shot, I will be back with a proper critique.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-07-14 8:00]

Hi Karan
I know it is normally odd to find what you are expecting, well, that's something that happens to me very often. But you made a wonderful capture of this 'chilled out' fellow at least and I am glad to see it.
Excellent shot. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-14 14:52]

Hi Karan,
excellent photo of this Puffin!
It must have been really cool to go to Iceland! :-)
Great low-down POV and a superb composition.
Nice bright colours and good lighting.
Excellent DOF.

Well done!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-14 19:51]

Hola Karan.
Beautiful photo Karan. What a lovely colors that it has in his feathers. I also like the big beak and eyes. Lovly pose too.

Hi Karan, fascinating strange bird with splendid colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-15 21:29]

Hi Karan.
I am glad that you are OK and here with amazing picture. Its diagonal structure is great also as well as superb image of the fine puffin. Excellent DOF, nice reflection of all attractive details of the surroundings and bird. Exposure, colours and details are really perfect. Bravo.

Hi Karan,
Beautiful image. I do like the brightness
Great you have been visiting Iceland.
Good story in your note...
Well done overall!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-20 18:36]

Hello Karan

Ah Puffins...they are so photogenic.
Excellent diagonal composition.
The colours are vibrant and natural.
Wonderful focus and details.
Lucky you.


Hello Karam,

Fantastic capture.Beautiful colours with excellent definition.I liked very much.

Hi Karan,
So its not only the dear that fall asleep with you nearby. its also the birds. What is that makes them so relaxed? Although it didn't bring what you were looking for, it did allow you to get close and make a wonderful photo. The details, colors and especially the expression are very beautiful.

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