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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: 2009-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-14 3:23
Viewed: 5633
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 138
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Probably it is the last act of the play, which has been played in front of us on a Black Sea shore near my native town Odessa by these charming gulls. I'll remind you that as a producer my wife acted with her idea and few pieces of bread.

This show demonstrates us that gulls are wonderful ballerinas, which can play complicated parts in ballets conceived and put by the person

I hope you like their play and my short story about it.

Add. shot info:
Size: full film frame (Nikon FX format)
Crop: cropped quite a little bit
Shooting distance: 3.98 m (from EXIF-data)

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To Pictures_Collec: Amazing aircraft ballet!Alex99 1 06-08 11:43
To GLEM: Assistent & Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 02-22 10:40
To horia: Landscapes, Oh.Alex99 6 02-18 06:51
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Ciao Alexei, fantastic trio dancing in air, I hope to see a quartet too, amazing composition with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, a great Valentine Day to you, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-14 3:50]

Hello Alexei
Excellent capture of these acrobatic gulls, lovely colors and good details.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-14 3:56]

Hello Alexei,
What a superb capture of this beautiful image,
excellent composition and superb detail in the sky,great colour.
Very well done and thanks for sharing!Happy V. day to you too,Best regards Siggi

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2009-02-14 4:06]

Labas Alexei,
Great idea with food and playing gulls. You have captured the action nicely.

Hi Alexei,
what a wonderful animated action, great capture of this trio of gulls showing fine details, i like nthe vivid colours of the gulls against a very good blue sky in a nice composition.
TFS. Best regards.
Have a good weekend.

Hi Alexei,
I consider this a dynamic action image, the moment captured and timing is excellent.
Very good job of getting the three in so well at F/6.3
The details and exposure R great, nice blue BG :)
Well done!

Hello Alexei,
Perfect timing, focus spot on
Very nice color.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-14 5:27]

Hello Alexei,
Great photo in a superb timing. Excellent clear colours and a fantastic composition. Very nice sharp details.

Hi Alexie,

Well... you have trio gulls in one framed with great action and bird posture. Its really sharp...great freeze moment.The pov and compo. is perfect.I like the centre one.The light and shadow on the wings is great.TFS
and have a nice weekend.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-14 5:46]

Hello Alexei,
Yes, both you and your wife did a good job here in capturing these Black-headed Gulls in flight.
These three do look like aerobatic ballet dancers as they look for the crumbs thrown by your wife. The frozen moment of action is wonderful, taken in superb lighting against the blue sky.
Thanks for sharing these delightful scene,
My best wishes to you and your wife,

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  • tariq Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 2] (2)
  • [2009-02-14 6:07]

absolutly stunning,very wel captured with bright and clear blue sky

Hola alexei.

An amazing action shot!,all the subjects are in focus and sharp, their positions remind me of ballet dancers. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful shot.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-14 6:26]

Hello Alexei,
Another very fine capture of these acrobats that look lovely against the blue sky. Excellent focus, sharp details and beautiful light and colours. Very well done! We have the same colour of the sky here today - a rare sight these days!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alexei,
that's perfect - this sharpness, the brilliant colours ...
And the moment is so full of action, I like it so much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello alexei,
perfect shot, you have freezed the moment well, the blue sky makes nice bg, excellent management of exposure,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hallo Alexei
Great shot of these very beautiful birds against the blue sky. Fantastic colors and most wonderful details in the feathers. Each bird has a different pose and therefore you have a three in one special in this image. The frozen moment captured is wonderful. The white of the feathers and the red of the beak and paws displays terrific against the blue sky as backdrop. You really must be proud of yourself with this achievement, because I am very proud of you. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-14 8:36]

Privet Alex,
It's wonderful capture of this trio.I liked moment you caught,exposure,details and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-14 9:03]

Priviet Alex!

What a fantastic picture my friend! Great trio during its spectacular performance. It looks like three pictures with following phases of flight. Excellent work!

Nice capture of these gulls.Really look like the ballerinas.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-14 9:42]

Hi Alexei. Not one or two but Three fantastic inflight shot. It looks as if they are all dancing in the air. You have captured the movement so well against the clear blue sky.very well done TFS.

nice dancing capture, TFS Ori

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-14 12:23]

Hi Alex,

I thought the duet was amazing - but a trio? Absolutely fantastic. Each gull in a different pose and all in perfect focus. They are putting on quite a performance for you - each one trying to outdo the other. Colors, details, and composition are all superb. I'm wondering if you made a video of them. This can't be the last - we need to see a quartet!


Hi Alex
Fantastic! It goes to my favorites ;-) Perfect frozen action Amazing timing. Perfect exposure and sharpness Nothing to critique
Thank you for this great photo

Hello Alex
Another superbly planned and framed capture from your goodself, wife and the Nikon D700.
The exposure on the gulls is exemplary showing no hints of any blown whites in the sun.
The blues of the sky however seem to have very distinct hue changes in almost marked lines throughout...This could possibly be just my monitor.
It could also be a pp issue.
Any which way I applaud you on a fantastic capture.
All the Best

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-14 12:59]

Exceptional shot of these three gulls.
I love all the different poses.
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Really good light too.

Well done, Alexei!


Spectacular..as I have said before...for man of science...you have the true artists touch combined with the superior knowledge of your gear..how can you go wrong!?

amazing composition Alexei !
very sharp capture with the tree sea gulls in flight against a supreme blue sky,
I like the wings of the gulls who are in difrent position ,
very well done !TFS ,

hello Alexei

WOW ! 3 on 1 masterpiece in-flight photography,
with superb focus on the 3 gulls, wonderful luminosity
and sky's blue colour, excellent contrast, great sharpness and details,



Hello Alexei
another beautiful shot of this gulls cathing pieces of bread
All three birds are well focused with many great details
I like her pose and the superb blue sky
Have a good sunday

Hi Alexie.

This is just simply stunning with the principle of three is well observed. Superb sharp details looking like an image from strobes. Wonderful framing in action and very well done.

Have a great weekend and best regards,

This is a beautiful ballet frozen in time. They are much gracious dancers. Congrats on amazing capture!


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-14 23:20]

Hello Alexei,

The balet of the gulls is well shown in your photo. The birds are shown with greatsharpness despite theyr obvious movment. There is aslo a nice contrast between the white plumage, red feets and bills and the blue of the sky.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful dance of the gulls in mid air. Very well composed with excellent sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Alexei,

very nice picture from these birds doing acrobatic in the skies.
Exellent sharpness and details with beautiful colours.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-02-15 1:02]

Hello Alexei,
a fantastic picture in all respects. Besides the brilliant sharpness, handling the light
and exposure is most impressive here and professionally done.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Alexei,
An other great capture of these acrobatic dancers !
Perfect exposure with frozen action
Congratulations to you and your "assistant"
Thanks for sharing this interesting photo

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-15 3:59]

Hi Alex,
really a captivating shot. the whites are really splendid against the blues. i like the red legs very much as it stands out clearly .
well composed and excellent presentation.
Real eye catcher.


NB: Thanbks for a very pleasant and kind critique on my bulbul shot. Im not very well versed in birds photography.

hello alexei!
what a great situation you captured here!
very nice!
great work!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-15 8:18]

Hello Alexei,
Unfortunately I missed your gull-series with one, two and finally three birds. Just great all of them! For this picture the level of difficulty is most high and you managed to have them all in focus! And what an aerial dance! Just great.
Thanks a lot
Best regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-02-15 10:37]

Hello Alexei,
Pretty show against blue BG dance of the white birds in full light. I like your composition very much.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-15 12:06]

espléndida captura,
interesante gulls ballet...
colores y foco realmente atractivos,
saludos amigo.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-15 12:31]

Hello Alexei !
One, the two, and now three- how many will there be on the next picture ? Four ? Or a whole flock of birds ? :-) This is really amazing, to get 3 birds on the same picture, each of them sharp and perfectly in focus. The vivid colors (this blue sky makes me dream) are wonderful, as well as the composition and the different poses of the birds. Very well done !

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-15 12:54]

hello my dear friend
you are presenting successful series from your great portfolio
composition, POV, sharpness and details are great

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-15 22:24]

Hi Alex!

Another beautiful and dynamic picture of the dancing Gulls. This is wildlife photography at best and I believe that you have your lens under control. Your series is pleasant and impressive as well.

Kind regards


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-02-16 0:36]

Hello Alexei,
Somtimes it's a wife or a husband or friend or sister...With their support even photography blossoms into new levels:)And what you share with us through this and also the previous one is avery good example of the situation.

The scene here is beautiful and shows well it requires the best of skills....to get all these three dancing beauties in the air right into one frame ...The blue sky acts as a nice contrast to the white of the gulls.The outstretched wings makes the birds looks very graceful.

TFS & Cheers

It is too easy to make such a picture.Congratulations!

Olá Alexei

Mais uma belíssima foto desta tua série de belos pássaros em uma composição maravilhosa.
Deve ser meio difícil capturar imagens em movimento, com tamanha nitidez e beleza na composição...mas o resultado é muito mais gratificante. Parabéns, uma imagem delicisa de se ver.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-02-16 19:25]

Hi Alexei, They say you should never work with animals or children - but you have proved in this series it is possible. Excellent capture of this moment of time. The wings in different postures looks wonderful. TFS. Murray.

Sin duda , este es uno de los mejores trabajos que se han publicado últimamente en Tk. Si la anterior toma ya era bonita, en esta además consigues un atractivo conjunto por la posición de las tres aves. Muy preciso el enfoque central. Demuestras un buen dominio de tu equipo: por el enfoque mencionado, el control de los blancos, el encuadre ... todo un alarde técnico y además con un resultado muy plástico, real y sorprendente.
Un saludo Alexei: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Alex,

Excellent capture
Great sharpness, light, BG and colors
Perfect wing and feather details

TFS Thijs

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-02-17 11:05]

Hello Alexei
Wondeful picture, the bird look like acrobats, the pose of theirs is very expressive. The colors are natural and agreeable, the details are sharp.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-17 12:56]
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Hi Alexei

A terrific shot to complete your wonderful presentation of the grace and elegance of these gulls.
This trio presented here is perfectly captured - with impeccable exposure retaining the best details from the bright whites, too. The lovely blue of the sky is also gorgeous and complements the white of the birds very well, again.
Further more, despite the fact that you didn't use a lot of DOF - f/6.3 - you managed to keep all 3 of them in superb focus...this is really great and adds a lot to the value of your shot.
Overall: a spot-on job, my friend!
Now, after some great telephoto shots, i would be curious to see some landscapes, too, given the fact that you have a full-frame camera :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-17 15:28]

Hi Alex,i haven't others words to comment a fantastic serie like that,this is another piece of art,impressive quality,today 2 points are not enough!! Thanks for share,Luciano

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-18 9:31]

Hi Alexei,
This is Very well exposed, with excellent sharpness, detail, DOF and colors.Nice POV. Very well done!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-18 10:19]

Hi Alexei
exellent composition
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Hello Alexei,

What an entertaining ballet has been performed for you but, more importantly, how well you have frozen it in time for us all to enjoy!
It is possible to pan one bird, but you have three in shot, all very sharply focussed and nicely detailed.
Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Une belle série très spectaculaire
Bonne journée.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-02-22 9:34]
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hi Alexei,
très belle image de ce trio qui cherche à glaner la nourritre lancée, tu avais un complice ?
Excellente netteté, couleurs joliement saturées.


Hola Alexia.

Se entiende que les estan lanzando migas de pan, para conseguir asi una interesante composicion que parece una danza en el aire con posturas variadas.

Jose Luis.

Dear Alexei,
a masterpiece of sheer elegance shown with utmost precision.
Many thanks to you my dear fried, and to your wife! Looks that you are in perfect hands with here as a producer - my heartfelt congratulations to both of you! So good to see such a masterpiece giving me high spirits after many days of absence or very short intervals of presence here on partially clowded TN. Thank you for the inspiration and the pleasure to enjoy! With all my best wishes to you!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-24 20:16]

Hello Alexei,
Classic Alex99 work, so superb. Your constant excellence is something which I admire you for, Alexei. Thank you.

LOVELY SHOW, thanks to the wife; GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY thanks to the husband.
Very warm regards,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2009-03-10 20:37]

Hi Alexei
Great in flight shot. Good sharpnes and details.Good use of light and DOF.
well done mf


Hi Alexei. Una composzione geniale e dinamica tecnicamente perfetta.


hello Alexei
the game of flying pose,the glance that knows it composes very well
and one amazing photo
TFS and best regards

Excellent shot! I love the poetic moment that you have frozen in your camera. Beautiful colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Alexei,

A breathtaking ballet. Even better than the Patrouille of France:


Hi MF Alexei,

Stunning in-flight capture of this beautiful trio from nice POV, with perfect focus, exposure, impeccable clarity with delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice Saturday!

Ps. There was a big internet connection problem to TN in two last days. Therefore it is not easy to write comment/critique:(

Hello Alexei,

Excellent details and fine freeze of the movement!
And I think I can see food in the air, so I guess that fact plays a part in this awesome show...
Well framed situation!

Pablo -

Privet Alexei,
Your flying gull series is as excellent when capturing a solo bird as photographing a trio. Perfect settings to freeze the "dancing" birds, unbelievable lights and colors. Both you and your wife made great job. Breathtaking shot. Bravo.
Best regards, László

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