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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: 2008-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Birds, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-01 7:20
Viewed: 7446
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 156
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Winter is over but last visitors hurry up on the Fashion Show "Odessa: Winter 2008".

Let's be favorable to them and will allow them to wander on exhibition halls.

And we will consult the encyclopedia in the meantime.

The Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory, wintering further south, but some birds in the milder westernmost areas of Europe are resident. Some birds will also spend the winter in the northeastern United States.

This gull is 38-44cm long with a 94-105 cm wingspan. It breeds in colonies in large reedbeds or marshes, or on islands in lakes, nesting on the ground. Like most gulls, it is highly gregarious in winter, both when feeding or in evening roosts. It is not a pelagic species, and is rarely seen at sea far from coasts.

The Black-headed Gull is a bold and opportunist feeder and will scavenge in towns or take invertebrates in ploughed fields with equal relish.

In flight, the white leading edge to the wing is a good field mark. The summer adult has a chocolate-brown head (not black, despite the name), pale grey body, black tips to the primary wing feathers, and red bill and legs. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just dark vertical streaks.

This species takes two years to reach maturity. First year birds have a black terminal tail band, more dark areas in the wings, and, in summer, a less fully developed dark hood.

This is a noisy species, especially at colonies, with a familiar "kree-ar" call. Its scientific name means "Laughing Gull".

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jusninasirun: Many thanks.Alex99 1 03-03 10:14
To horia: TechniqueAlex99 2 03-01 23:08
To mogens-j: Clouds.Alex99 1 03-01 21:05
To Argus: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 03-01 21:00
To uleko: Many thanks.Alex99 1 03-01 20:58
To ellis49: 290 and more sunny daysAlex99 1 03-01 20:55
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hello Alexei

what a great in-flight shot of the the Black-headed Gull,
excellent luminosity of the image, lovely blue sky, excellent POV,
excellent sharpness & details, i see that you shot
at 1/4000 seconds, yesterday i did too a in flight shot
of a female Northern Cardinal and i was too at 1/4000 seconds
(it will be my next posting), TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-01 7:32]

Hi Alexei.
Well. Here a very clean and sharp image. Excellent blue sky. and a lovly white in feathers of this Sea Gull.
Great image My friend

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-01 7:37]

Hi Alexei,

You captured this one well. Nice contrast between blue sky and white bird. Details in wings are great and glance on feet is magnificent. TFS.


Hi Alex
Another beauty. Great frozen bird.Perfect exposure on white. Nice blue sky and great sharpness Nothing to critique
Best wishes

Hello Alexei,
I fallow your sea birds seri pleasurely. As I remember, this is second capture Larus ridibundus of yours. You supply perfect sharp details with 1/4000 and f/6.3. Filtre using, composition and POV wonderful. Blue BG contrasting white of the gull greatly. Congratulations on this result. Good notes always. TFS, well done my dear friend and neighbour.

Hi Alexei,
this is really a great picture, the exposure and details
are very good and the white bird standout nicely to
lovely blue sky. Well composed with fine POV.
You must have a great light with your settings, the light are
on return up here too but not that good yet.
Beautiful work, old friend.

Hi Alexei,
What a great capture and excellent composition. The bird is about to come out my computer's screen :)! This white looks beautiful on this blue sky, it makes a great contrast and exposure and details are impressive. Well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-01 8:08]

Hi Alexei,

The title is great - I got it right away! A magnificent shot of this gull in-flight who looks like he's coming in for a landing. Beautiful details and fantastic details. The wings are superb. Looks beautiful against the perfect blue sky.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-01 8:19]
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Hello Alexei,
What a lovely "clean" shot of this Black-headed Gull! Brilliant focus and very sharp details. The colours are fabulous too and stand out against the lovely blue sky! Perhaps he's on time to get himself a pair of new shoes, I don't think he needs anything else! (Just as well you don't have a sound recording!) Well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Bonjour Alex
Nous avons le même sujet et une fois de plus je vois qu'il me reste beaucoup de travaille pour peut-être un jour égaler ta qualité photographique!
Superbe prise, netteté impressionante, lumière et couleurs. Merci pour le partage.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-01 8:49]
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Simply perfect Alexei!
The technical aspects, the timing, the lighting, the wing position, the composition, everything is to my mind perfection when taking a Black-headed Gull in Flight.
Thank you my friend for shariing this beauty,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-01 9:03]

Wow Alex, what a wonderful flying gull!
I really have no words. Great exposure and amazing sharp and detail. My congratulations!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-01 9:18]

Hi Alexei. This is a fine in flight shot of the Gull against the blue sky. you have captured such fine detail in the feathers. good natural looking colours with bright oerange legs, well done TFS.

Wow, Alexei, this is excellent!
He is like a plane coming in to land - landing gear down, backward thrust!
The detail of his feathers is remarkable. It is interesting to see how the layers overlap!

Well done, my friend!
Thank you for your warm comments on 'Beautiful in black'

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello my friend Alexei,
Always in the best shot with your quality posting!
perfect size posting to view and enjoy the total closeness of this beautiful inflight Gull!
the sharpness and clarity on the wings and plummage is just perfect with details
a composition well worth a big credit to it
many thanks for sharing

Hello my friend

Excellent frozen in-flight scene. Clever handling of the light and well focused with plenty of details all over the gull. Looks like the Konica-Minolta is a great camera and with a skilled man behind the buttons it can not go wrong:-0). Only thing I miss is way out of your hands - just one tiny cloud in the sky to add a little dynamic feeling. Well you cannot have it all. anyway you did a great job - again.


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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-03-01 13:07]

Great whites despite the hotspot and a perfect DOF. Excellent detail and pose as well! Great work!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Alexei,
Only I can say, after seeing this perfect sharp image is beautiful. Well "frozen" moment, a good instant

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-01 13:40]
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Hi Alexei

He absolutely deserves to be in the exhibition! :)
This is a great shot again from you showing this nice gull's delicate flight!
I love the impeccable sharpness across the entire body and wings as well as the spot-on exposure here - which has retained very good details and textures in all teh bright areas.
The spot metering worked perfectly here and has also given you the gorgeous blue sky in the BG.
Because i want to learn to shoot in-flights like this with this lens, too, i would like to ask you which type of focus did you use here? Also, did you move the camera with the bird here (following the motion) or was it a stationary shot?
Anyway, splendid job once more, my dear friend!

Bravo and TFS

Magnifique, grandiose, quelle merveille tu asw un talent exceptionnel, superbes couleurs et détails sur ce fond bleu.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-01 15:46]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful capture. Lovely BG!

Fantastic in flight shot, excellent composition and nice timing, beautiful colors and light, very nice contrast and superb sharpness, good depth of field and great pose.

Ciao Alexei,
magnifico scatto, con una luce perfetta e colori naturali.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-03-02 1:28]

salut Alexei,
superbe image de cette louette à l'attérissage, la netteté est parfaite sur tout l'oiseau, vraiment pas facile quand c'est en mouvement. Superbe lumière et bg bleu.


Hello Alexei,

Excellent picture of this gull. Very nice composition. Very nice exposure. Wonderful 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)
  • [2008-03-02 2:19]

Hi Alexei

Now that is a sharp and detailed in-flight shot. Perfect exposure on the white feathers, wonderfull sharp and great blue sky BG to set it off. Cracking shot!



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-02 3:31]

Excellent in-flight shot Alexei!
There's so much detail in the wing!
Fantastic pose and timing.
I love the BG.
Thanks for sharing this one!
Very well done,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-02 5:48]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice inflight shot of this black-headed gull. Exposure control, focus, sharpness and lighting are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

Un bel atterrissage bien figé. Bon réflexe.
Bonne journée.

Woww Alexei,
splendid inflight shot of this beautifull seagull, wonderfull colours perfectly managed
great focus and lovely composition,
cheer my friend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-02 8:26]

Hello Alexei,
Back from a short holiday this week I was curious at your new photos. Then I saw this one.
Perfection all over! Most of all I like the clarity in the photo.

Hi Alexei, splendid bird in superb flying pose, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-02 11:34]

Hi Alexei,
Absolutely clear, neat, photo where exposure and sharpness are really extraordinary. Moment, pov, pov and composition are equally good.
TFS and best regards mf,
José M.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-02 11:58]

Hi Alexei,
Wow......and awesome shot with such marvellous white colour and sharp details. You have freezed it superbly with perfect lighting and DOF. Superb exposure control and against the blue sky is looks majestic. Excellent POV and the diagonal composition looks fabulous. Kudos.

good crop and nice pose, the light on the white is well managed

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-02 22:17]

Hello Alexei,
very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-03-02 23:02]

Hi Alexei,
You caught this guy at the perfect moment.Fabulous details & sharpness.

Excelente y complicada toma Alexei. Un buen trabajo con los blancos, que si bien en algunos puntos casi se queman, en otros rondan la perfección. Me gustan tambén el enfoque y el encuadre.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

A lovely pre-landing capture Alexei, showing this fine gull specimen from a low POV with perfect underwing detail against a pleasant azure-blue sky. The intent of landing on the face is obvious. A slight closure of the aperture (half a stop maybe) might prevent the overexp. in the wing base area.
TFS my friend, and cheers...

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-03 4:27]

Hello Alexei, well done on this great shot of a flying Gull. The exposure is perfect and the details in the feathers are very sharp. A beauty, thanks!


Hello Alexei. This is top quality image in first class presentation. Thanks for sharing this with TN. The capture and framing is flawless. The sharpness and details are pristine for a white bird. I like this so much and hope you don't mind me adding this to my personal theme. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-03 10:49]

Hi Alexei
exellent sharp and detail and composition
I love image
very well done.

Hello Alexei,
when you that beautiful .. you allowed to be late!
Excellent detail and sharpness in this great in flight shot.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-03 15:59]

Hi Alex,this is georgeus,wonderfull pic under all corners of view,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-03 19:46]

Hello Alexei

This is a beautiful capture of this gull as it comes in for a landing.
The exposure is very good ,with lovely detail in the plumage.
Very good contrast between the white of the feathers and the blue sky.
Well composed in the frame.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-03 23:44]

Hello Alex,
Like an angel, your Black-headed Gull! You caught a perfect landing scene here. The composition is great, the sharpness without failures. Just perfect.
Best regards

Hello Alexei.

Fantastic view, nice position bird and details.

Jose Luis.


I really like the beautiful, dynamic pose here was you have the bird creating the major diagonal. The white on blue is also lovely and you've done a good job maintaining a nice pure white!

Great, Alexei,
I simply add my praise. I don't have to tell you any more why the picture is so good. 1/4000 sec is a mighty speed!
Best regards

Hola Alex.
Un fabuloso encuadre con un bg excepcional.
Bellos contrastes y como siempre un buen comentario.
Cordiales saludos, JL.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-05 11:43]

hello my dear friend
wonderful capture of this cute gull while its flying
composition, point of view, timing, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-05 15:39]

Hello My Friend,
Outstanding image with spot on focus and exposure. Wonderful results from your wonderful work Alexei, thank you.

Hi Alexei,
This is a perfect in-flight shot. You froze the action beautifully. Love your pov and composition. Very well done and tfs.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-06 4:34]

Hello Alexei,
what else can i add? Perfection. It doesn't really get any better than this my friend.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-03-06 5:24]

Fantastic capture of the move! I like a lot the silky detils of the feathers that you captured masterfully. Amazing sharpness and colors. Thanks.

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful capture of this gull in flight. The feather detail is superb and and you did a fine job with exposure. It looks great against the beautiful blue sky. TFS

Hello Alexei, very sharp nice DOF and frozen wing pose. Good composition. tfs rgds Necip

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-03-06 21:24]

Hi Alexei,
Awesome shot! Perfect timing and the detail in the feathers are amazing.

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic shot! WOW! Remarkable focus and clarity. The details in the plumage is amazing. I liked the position of the wings you have captured. The exposure is spot on. The blue sky in the background allows the bird to stand out in the picture. The composition is excellent. Thanks for sharing this wonderful shot.:)

AGAIN Alexei???
WONDERFULLY DIAGONALLED image in perfect focus.
Your sky there in Odessa is impressivly BLUE.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-03-08 15:15]

Hi Alexei, I note you are using the 300mm lens, and so it is a very good result. I've been attempting these for some time, but nothing as good as this result. Inspiring of what can be achieved - on the wing. TFS. Murray.

hi alexei!
what a great shot with perfect exposure
and very good sharpness!
very nice!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-03-10 10:51]

Bonjour Alexei, great shot in flight!! and perfect timing too. I like the contrast and the well saturated colors. Fabulous white color in the feathers!! congratulations, Didier.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-10 12:52]

Hola Alexei,
sensacional captura,
vistoso momento y color...
estupendo foco y nitidez,

Bonsoir AlexeiJ'aime bien cette prise en plein vol. C'est bien net avec un regard comme s'il si attendait. Bien cadré.
Salutations et bravo...JP

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-13 10:30]

Ola Alexei
Magnifica fot desta ave, ficou muito bonita a composição com o céul azul de fundo, a nitidez esta otima e as cores são bem definidas.

Wonderful breathtaking shot! What impressed me most is the way delicate nature of the feathers has become so clearly visible in the picture. You have captures a great moment. Nice composition and good colours.

Hi Alexei,

excellent shot. Impressive moment capture, you fixes a great pose. details of your shot are simply stunning!

Very well done!


Now why can't I get shots like this, lol... you make me jealous, Alex ! Seriously, though, it is a superb action capture. Perfect in every way, what can I say. Lovely detail, crisp, clear... just lovely. Well done, you !

TFS, Mish

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-23 5:01]

Hello Alexei,
I skipped a lot on TN last days, but now I'm back !
This is great capture, I really like the composition and fantastic details and clarity!
great shot!

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful image! Very sharp/detailed, excellent DOF/POV.
Perfectly exposed..Lovely blue sky color BG as well.
Happy Easter mf,

Missed this beautiful in flight Black-headed Gull, Alexei.
Very sharp and excellent compo. Frame is filled effectively.
Well done

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this flying black headed gull. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

If this shot were a razor, I'd be bleeding, it's razor sharp, Alexei!Simply superb!

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-08 11:54]

Hola Alex, excelente fotografia, con perfecta exposición, nitidez y un acertado encuadre. Un saludo

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-16 15:21]
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Hi Alexei

The Gull has forgotten its black head somewhere else and just brought an ear spot along for the fashion show, but it will do as the rest is quite flashy enough for a standing ovation from the excited spectators. Splendid stuff my friend. What else can I say than WOW?

You have really nailed this one on the button. So much detail and beautiful brilliance. Amazing contrasts on the white plumage of the bird and needles to say masterful exposure control to manage the lighting on such a bright subject to the excellent result you have achieved. Of course the remarkable azure sky does wonders for the visual impact this photo has with the almost pure white bird standing out like a sore thumb against the beautiful blue heaven.

Very well done MF and TFS.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-05-16 21:47]

I love this shot. The white is beautiful against the stunning blue sky. The details on the feathers is amazing. Exposure is outstanding and the in-flight pose is spectacular! I am so impressed with this clear, noise free image! Great work.

Meravigliosa cattura in volo, splendida composizione per la posa plastica del gabbiano con ali e zampe contrapposte sulla stessa linea, straordinaria nitidezza che permette di apprezzare la bellezza delle singole piume, stupendi i colori con bianchi leggibili in ogni dettaglio. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Alexei,

Amazing details in the plumage, very well done!
The action is skillfully frozen, superb light and the colours are shining...
It takes a quick eye and hand to do something like this, and you succeeded very well!

Pablo -

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-02-02 12:42]

Surprising image quality achieved with a zoom telephoto lens. Great timing, pose and control of exposure. Well done.

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