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Near miss!

Near miss!
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Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-22
Categories: Birds, Ocean
Camera: Canon EOS10D, EF 200mm f2.8 L/II
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pelecaniformes (pelicans and relatives), Gannets Of The World, Just Missed Shots. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-17 18:33
Viewed: 6470
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Atlantic Gannet
Morus bassanus

There are three species of Gannet worldwide, the Atlantic Gannet, pictured here, and the Australasian Gannet (see here), and the Cape Gannet.

The Atlantic Gannet is the largest seabird of the North Atlantic, with a wingspan of up to 2 meters across.

This species breeds in Atlantic Canada, Iceland, Norway, UK and France. During the breeding season Cape St Mary's (where this photograph was taken) is home to more than 24000 birds!

I was lucky with my weather, according the Cape St Mary's website (here) the area is very fog prone, and spends more than 200 days a year under a fog blanket.

I've classed this one as a near miss due to the clipped wingtip - I could clone it back, but I wanted to add it to the Near Misses theme :)

I thought I was going to witness a Darwin Award in the making whilst I was walking along the cliff path though - a family had decided to take their children out to the Gannet colony. You understand that the path doesn't have any safety barriers, and the children weren't tethered in any way. A few of the kids decided to play a game of "chase the sheep". Towards the cliff edge... The parents had an interesting response, they stood on the path and yelled to the kids ;)

Handheld, 200mm + Sigma 1.4EX teleconverter
100ISO RAW, converted with Adobe CRAW
Slight crop, resize, USM.

chiliu, Luc, johnnymag, JeanMichel, Janice, sAner, coasties, PDP, mogens-j, sam224, olontur, budzon, gerhardt, odin, slrnovice2 has marked this note useful
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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-17 19:57]

Great capture!
Very good colour, sharpness, excellent composition, nice background.

Hello Adrian, wonderful shot of this gannet... almost absolutely perfect, if only that little part of the wing could be present. But it doesn't matter, really, as the photo itself is so clear, the DoF so prominent, that it is not hard to be bothered by that slight detail. Congratulations!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-17 23:52]

Hello Adrian!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent near miss.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a great week!

Hi Adrian,
Great shot, very sharpe and exposure is spot on, which is difficult to achieve. Sounds like you witnessed a scene from Hardy's 'Far from the madding crowd'!

Hi Adrian,
Another in-flight shot with the same problem has been posted here a few months ago. This minor miss has been very well corrected without any visible artefact. So, this is not definitely really missed :-), and anyway, it's a great flying capture, with a superb DOF from wing to wing, a very good exposure showing soft whites and texture as well. So...congratulations my friend!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-18 3:58]

Hi Adrian, near miss or not, I think it's great. 100% better than mine! I can't even shoot them!
He's nice and sharp, with great sharp and colours. Well done...

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-18 6:21]

Hi Adrian,

This is a good near miss. If you wouldn't have clipped it's wing then it would have been perfect. Exposure is excellent. Well done & TFS!


Hi Adrian

Bummer about missing the wing tip, but this is still and outstanding shot. They are such graceful birds. The exposure is spot on. Good light, excellent sharpness and detail. Awseome POV. Lovely clear sky for this wonderful bird to fly in, with great blue sea behind. Great job. Thanks.

You get a great feel for the birds life by looking at the shot. Large wings for near endless flight and a torpedo like body for plunging into the sea. The bird is so crisp and the background so perfect for the shot, shame about the wing tip.

Hello Adrian.
Very nice capture, excellent colours and sharpness.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-18 17:51]

When I take shots like this I say "bugger" it's great but it could have been superb. It's a shame the wing tip is missing as the rest is perfect.

Well done and thanks for posting it.

Great, great shot Adrian. I have no problem at all with the missing wing tip. Excellent details in a perfect stop-action shot, Colours perfect and a nice composition/cropping - personally I would prefer a little more space in front of the bird but you cannot always get it the way you want with these guys - they move very fast;-).
All over a very pleasant picture to look at and very a live. TFS.

This is a great "near miss", Andy.
The exposure are perfect, well composed, nice colours and very good sharpness.
Pity about the wingtip, but it's a very good work.

Very nice capture Adrian! Good colours. The white gannet creates a good contrast with the blue of the sea in the BG. Excellent sharpness. Very well done!

Adrian, running late, comments later..

Great image Adrian. Overall fine image but my favourite part is the underside of the wings. As for the missing wingtip what the hell, I probably have a 100 bird images with tails, bills, feet or wings missing. Well done, Rob

Salut Adrian,
Belle photo. Je trouve vraiment difficile de prendre des oiseaux en plein vol... mes quelques essais sont vraiment pas terribles.
Ici sa position avec une bonne netteté et lumière donne un bon résultat. Dommage que l'aile à gauche soit coupée. Samuel

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-08-11 13:08]

Hi Adrian,This is awesome,such a nice crisp image with fabulous detail,he is quite a handsome bird.
Well done.

The really impressive work here is the light and details underneath the wings, especially since the edges looks like the subject was backlit. Was it?

I have to repremand you for not doing your part to cleanse the gene pool. ;) Love the Darwin's! .. and this photo, clipped wing and all.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-23 10:58]

beautiful capture, a great light and very well focused... I love the colors...
very well done...
congratulations Adrian...

Hi Adrian, it's a great near miss, very sharp and with excellent exposure and POV. I love seeing the light through the feathers and that BG really sets it off to perfection. Wish I could get a miss as good as this :)

Excellent details. Colors are really great, and the background is so beautifully blue.

Well done.


Hello Adrian.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very good details,

Jose Luis.

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