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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-01 7:42
Viewed: 5062
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 128
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Let me make a "transmigration" with this cute seagull in absolute another thematic area.

Last year was so rich for me on butterfly and bird shooting. Unfortunately, I could not share even small part of my 2007 gallery. My share speed is too low and lower then shooting speed significantly.

I do not like to photograph in winter because I spent all time in the city but I want to shoot. Therefore I have decided to learn to photograph flying birds. It is my weak point. Until now, I have very few good in-flight bird pictures also have not skills of such shooting. Near my countryside house only small birds live. Continuing to study my camera, I have found out, that its continuous AF mode is so poor. I should accustom with this feature of the device.

There is a sole place near my town (Odessa) where birds accumulate in winter. This is "Dry" Liman, where two small sea ports are placed. In small water area of ports many birds, basically, swans hibernate. City inhabitants come there to look, feed and photograph them. I also went there repeatedly and took many bird pictures. Now I pass the first examination.

By this shot, I want to begin a story about Odessa wintering birds. I had not to think out such mysterious title. I have read it by means of my workshop picture (About the title).

So, examination has started.

rousettus, Pentaxfriend, jusninasirun, JoseMiguel, uleko, fiyo, jaycee, ellis49, fartash, vanderschelden, Jamesp, pankajbajpai, Islander_, Necipp, Luis52, izler, MMM, mlines, loot, Argus, nglen, eqshannon, ramthakur, horia, SelenE, angybone, dejo, Maite, meyerd, marhowie, jcoowanitwong, mariki, hester, blakitan, Adanac, Juyona, sunkirana, CeltickRanger, peter_stoeckl, maurydv has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To meyerd: Winter school.Alex99 1 02-13 23:03
To loot: In-flight winter shooting.Alex99 1 02-13 22:56
To jusninasirun: Many thanks.Alex99 1 02-05 08:26
To mlines: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 02-05 08:23
To dejo: Subject distanceAlex99 2 02-03 13:46
To ramthakur: Training.Alex99 1 02-03 04:59
To horia: Aperture valueAlex99 1 02-03 01:39
To rousettus: LimanAlex99 2 02-02 16:55
To earthtraveler: Bird bandAlex99 1 02-02 07:57
To Argus: A+ ???Alex99 2 02-01 10:19
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Dear Alexei, a perfect capture of Larus. I think L. ridibundus.
everything perfect from white balance to lighting. you post already great captures.
I saw "Liman" in your notes. It is a Turkish word and mean Port:) you know?
TFS, have a nice weekend with great shots.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-01 7:50]

Hi Alex,perfect,fantastic,the sharpness and the colours are beautifull,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Alexei,

This is a beautiful inflight shot of a Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Excellent exposure, lighting, sharpnes and details

TFS Thijs

Hello Alexei,

This is so brilliant. A detailed flawless bird in flight. Very well done and have a wonderful weekend ahead.

I like this so much so please allow me to add this to my personal theme.


Privet Alexei,
You're so modest!
Really worry about your first examination? :-D
This is a beautiful capture against blue sky, my favorite ones.
I like the bird's pose with the extended wings. A lot of details on the whites.
You pushed the exposure settings in the right way to achieve the 1/4000.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Warm regards,

Hi Alexei,
this is a great in-flight shot, the exposure and sharpness
are spot on. The details are amazing as we can see in the WS.
Lovely colours and well composed.
Lovely work, m friend.

Have a great weekend.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-01 8:18]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent capture,Superb detail,and excellent exposed. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-01 8:18]

Hi Alex,

This flying Seagull is absolutely perfect. You froze the action in an excellent fashion. Beautiful colors and wonderful details. Face, wings, and the little legs are just marvelous. Wonderful composition against the blue sky.


Hello Alexei
Wonderful shot of this Seagull,
Perfect details,lighting and POV,Welldone my friend.

Good Luck

Hi Alexie,
Fine capture of this inflight gull. Very nice color and focus details. Excellent job of exposure to see the undewing details well. Have you researched to see where the bird band was attached? That would be interesting to know. TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-01 8:44]

Hi Alexei

Excellent capture - wonderful detail and colour. The pose is really good too - plus good eye contact.



hello alexei,
nice capture of the bird in flight, the blus sky makes lovely bg, spot on foucus, nice lighting, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Alexei,
A very very fine inflight seagull captured! my special compliment!
the sharpness is amazing with total details in the shot!
the exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done indeed and well deserved a big credit for it
TFS and the notes

Hi Alex,

Nice capture, good focus and exposition, sharp details! Thank you,


Veo que sabes utilizar muy bien tu Sigma jeje. Has sacado un gran partido a esa lente y para algunos que lo critican negativamente, tu demuestras como hacer una fotografía de primera línea. Excelente luz y contraste con un enfoque preciso. Acertado encuadre y ese 1/4000 hizo el resto.
Enhorabuena Alexei !!

J. Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Alexei, Nice sharp catch of this black headed gull, the light pov is perfect. Very good compostion. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-01 10:46]

Hola Alexei.
Un foto de alta calidad en todos los aspectos. Fina presentacion de agradables colores.
TFS and have a nice weekend Alexei.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-01 11:15]

selam my daer friend
good capturing of this beautiful gull while its flying
i agree with rousettus about its ID: (Tr. Karabaş martı-En. Black-headed Gull-Lt. Larus ridibundus)
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great

Hello Alexei,
perfect focus on this inflight shot, colours are wonderfull, very sharp, lovely lighting and splendid blue sky,
a great cheer,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-01 14:05]

Hi Alexei
Beautiful in flight capture.Very sharp image whit great details.Great colors also.
TFS Michel

Hi Alexei, The clarity of this flying gull is about as good as possible. The blue skies are the best backdrop nature can provide. Excellent nature photo. TFS. Murray.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-01 22:22]

Hello Alex,
it's late and I only have time to mark your photo
Congratulations and well done..


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-02 1:18]

Hello Alexei,
Amazing sharp detailed and clear coloured photo of this Seagull. The contrast of the bird against the blue sky is very beautiful. Fantastic composition.

Hi Alexei, superb fly of a splendid Laurus in blue sky, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-02 2:56]

Excellent shot Alexei!
Incredible sharpness and clarity.
Great composition as well.
There is good detail in the bird and the exposure is perfect!
Well done my friend,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-02 3:17]
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Hello Alexei,
This is really fantastic!
If I were to take an in-flight shot of a Black-headed Gull in winter plumage I would like to take one as good as this!
I cant fault this, but I especially like the wing position, the lighting and the blue sky.
Well done my friend: this is perfect!
Looking at the WS the detail shows that this bird is part of some research project as it it is not a normal ring marking.

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)
  • [2008-02-02 3:52]

Hello Alexei,
Well, well, this is a splendid start to your career as an in-flight bird photographer!! Wonderful capture of this Black-headed Gull in beautiful light and details are crystal clear! Lovely colours too and a well-timed shot. Good for you to enlarge the ring number in Workshop. Somebody might be interested to see where this one comes from!
Very well done and many thanks, Ulla

Hi Alexei,
Magnifique, quelle netteté avec tant de détails.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-02 9:07]

Hi Alexei.You seem to have mastered the infight shot pictures. this one of the gull is very clear indeed. good detail and colours. the wins lookvery good indeed. well done TFS.

Salut Alexei
Très jolie cette présentation les couleurs et les détails sont très jolis.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-02 10:12]

Hello Alexei, very good inflight shot of this Gull. Great exposure, very sharp and nice blue sky ! Thanks,


It is sweeping its wings across the land below in such a dramatic way. The feelings of peace and true nature, essentials, are represented well...very nice Alexei.

Hello Alexei,
I love the bright blue sky and the free flying gull. Its so nice to see a sunny day they are few and far between in my part of the world right now! TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-03 0:53]
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Hi my dear friend

At first i though the name came from some sort of plane...a glider or military place that looked like a seagull :)) But you perfect WS cleared it right up :))

A very beautiful in-flight from you - with a perfectly sharp subject and a magnificent blue sky behind it!
I always wondered: why does no-one use a small f-stop on in-flights. I've never taken such photos yet, but i would still like to know why you used a f/8 here :)
Anyway, the result is spot-on in all terms! Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-03 4:07]

Hi Alexei,
Lovely in-flight capture of this gull. White plumage is very well exposed. Focus, sharpnes and details look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

You are being modest in saying that capturing flying birds is your weakness, Alexei.
This wonderful capture says a different story altogether; this is one of the most brilliant in-flight pictures of a bird I have ever seen on TN.
The Seagull looks stunningly beautiful against the azure sky.
Keep shooting birds in flight, my friend, and dispensing joy to us through them!

Gorgeous inflight shot! Wonderful details...amazing light. Well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-03 8:51]

Hi Alexei,
I will be back.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-03 10:34]
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Hello Alexei,
Perfect capture! Magnificent pose, great clarity and beautiful light!
Great work with your Sigma 70-300mm, it seems that it is great for in-flight shots?
how far was the bird?

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-02-03 12:14]

Hello Alex
What a beautiful and magnificent shot!! It's so sharp and clear that it's delightful to see it. The blue in the sky is smooth and marvellous too. The title puzzled me a bit at first, but it's perfectly fitting, ha,ha.
Really fantastic job!
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-03 12:16]

Привет, Алексей!
Прелестная чайка и приятный снимок.
С удовольствие посмотрела, сама толком не умею снимать птиц, хотя вот как раз сегодня делала попытки снимать синиц, ворон и чаек. Надеюсь потом выложить это на TN, ду ждать твоих комментариев.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-02-03 13:25]

Belle netteté. La tête qui est en plein soleil ressort particulièrement bien.
Bonne soirée.

You have captured such a fine shot of this one. I like the blue background colour.
Best wishes,

Hi Alexei,
This is interesting. I was wondering about this little :) Nice name for a bird :)! This is an excellent in-flight capture with perfect exposure, details and composition. This is not easy to do and you did great! Congratulations!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-04 7:31]

Hi Alexei,
wow, another fantastic shot from you! Perfectly exposed white feather and super sharp focus, this is a 'classic' Gull shot that can't really be any better. Very well done, excellent.

Hi Alexei,

what a surprise, you an read the bird ring on your picture! The beautifully extended feathers allow the ID for me: it is a Laughing gull. Alexei, if this is your first try on flying birds, what will the results look in 6 months? Anyway, congratulations. And thaks for keeping us posted on your personal adventures! Thanks to you I already feel a little familiar with Odessa!

Best regards

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2008-02-04 12:18]

this is the second seagull i have seen on tn..recently...
and as the other one...this is superb...the eye feather and tucked away cute little legs
simply graceful

Excellent inflight Alexei.
The exposure, DOF, POV, detail, and comp look very good to me..
And the blue color of the sky BG is simply perfect :)
Very well done.

Hi Alexei,
Wow, this is wonderful. This is a perfect capture of seagull - smooth sailing. The picture is very well seen. No sign of over exposed even the bright sunlight casted on the seagull's white plumage. TFS this fine image.

Hello Alexei,

Very beautiful shot of this seagull. Technically perfect. Great light and colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-05 11:05]

Hi Alexei

Wonderful start to your in-slight shot. The shutter speed gave perfect frozen action.

Lovely work



Hello Alexei,
They are indeed lovely birds, even if they sometimes can be a bore!
A very nice action capture, showing a beautiful and aerodynamic bird in flight...
Classical composition, great details in the plumage!
Pablo -

Hi Alex,

Excellent shot: well focused, excellent sharpness, well lighted.
I love details of its feathers.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-05 18:25]

Hello Alexei,
Outstanding in flight image with amazing camera work bring out sharp detail and beautiful colors. Thanks Alexei.

bonjour alexei
bravo l'exposition est parfaitement maitrisée,ce qui n'est pas forcement evident.
l'oiseau est net.rien a dire!

Fabuloso PoV.
Muy hermosos colores y excelente bg.
Buenos detalles y contrastes.
Saludos, Jl.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-06 20:41]

Hello Alexei

Excellent illumination and well saturated colours.
The plumage detail is sharp with very good definition.
A beautiful in flight shot.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-09 12:40]

Hola Alexei,
precioso y limpio disparo,
excelente foco y color...
saludos amigo.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-02-09 21:04]
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Hi Alexei

For someone who claims to be unskilled in in-flight photography you did amazingly well with this bird. It is an area of photography which I too tend to shy away from. I do not have much opportunity for this (maybe because I have not really worked at it or searched for possible subjects or locations), but so far my few feeble attempts ended up in the dustbin. The only place where I could place one of my in-flight shots will be in the "Just missed shots" theme, but then again it probably would not fit there either and someone first has to create at theme called "Totally missed shots". That will work fine for me (chuckle).

This is a great composition with plenty of space for the gull to fly into and with its wing tips close to touching the horizontal borders it seems to suggest that this bird are going one way only and that is forwards. The lovely blue sky act as a superb BG and the exposure was absolutely spot-on showing lovely details and contrast of the bird's underwing and body.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Alexei, Don't say shooting birds in flight is your weakness, you have captured this gull with near perfect exposure, composition, sharpness and colour. And Alexei HAS enough experience and talent to be found wanting under ANY circumstance.

VERY GOOD capture my friend,

Warm regards,

hello Alexei

superb inflight shot, i love the gracious flights of the gulls,
excellent POV & framing, excellent shaprness & details,
i was wondering what means your title until i read your notes
and view the workshop, TFS


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-02-12 11:46]

Hello Aleksiej,
Beautiful bird and beautiful photo. I like to read your notes that always aren't trite.
Regards, Pawel

Dear Alexej,
what an excellent, ultimately precise in flight capture!
HP 22 - my goodness, that came as a most funny surprise. The precision of the equipment in your hands seems to be able to compete with those satellite cameras that are observing our private lives plus the weather. :)
Absolute breathtaking light, showing the seagull's body shape in a delightful, very elegant way. My congratulations, and thank you for this masterpiece, my dear friend.
My best regards,

Hello Alexei,
a splendid in-flight capture of a Gull, the sharpness is superb, POV, composition and colours are excellent. wonderful picture, very well done.
Best regards

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