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Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D MIV, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-30 13:28
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
That image was taken on my return from pointe pelee near by my house.Light condition were terrible but some how it dis add some drastic perspective to the scene

From Audubon
36 to 43 cm Deeply forked tail.Similar to common Tern,but underpart grayer,bill blood-red,leg shorter,tail longer.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-30 13:52]

Salut Michel,une peinture sortie depuis ta classe dans la gestione de la terrible lumiere,vraiment originale et agreable a regarder,pas mal voir quelque tecnique differente,mes compliments et belle semaine,Luciano

White on White..wow LOVE THIS! MY favorite today!

Stunning photo - the stark colors of this shot give it a distinct cinematic feel. I really like arty photos like this, hope more are to come!

Hi Michel. It looks very angelic. Nice, clear and sharp. Colours and details are perfect as well. Very much an artistic picture. Good for a livingroom wall as art. Nicely shot Michel. TFS Trevor

Ciao Michel, lovely bird in fantastic flying pose, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-09-30 23:13]

the bird in white background looks excellent. good framing. tfs.

hello Michel,
a unique picture. great sharpness and perfect tonal balance. good WB. the eye is visible.
all in all it is a superb composition.
best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-10-01 7:06]

Hello Michel,
What a fantastic colour balance in this photo. The white background looks gorgeous here. Very beautiful colours, excellent sharpness and a fine composition. A beauty!

A sheer work of art, Michel.
When I saw the thumbnail, I thought it was a painting of this lovely Tern.
Best regards.


Ciao Michel. Almost impossible light here MF but you've obtained so good details and managment of white. best regards.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-01 10:36]

Hello Michel.
This is a very good shot of the Tern. great detail in the upper wing and head, clear focus for a in flight shot. well done.Best regards Siggi

Hi Michel,
very interesting and unusual photo. Excellent white balance. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Michel
great composition withgood whiteBG
the sharpness and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

WOW! Fantastic photo Michel! The pose, the composition and the framing are excellent. The lighting is impressive!

Hello Michel
This is a wonderful in flight capture.Perfect POV and composition,wonderful colours and great details.Despite the difficult light and looking for a better result I think a ISO 400 with a higher exposure 1/1250 ou > could work in advantage.Is an excellent work.Love it!
Thank You
Have a good day!
Best regards

ps:sorry something in my english
edit:invite You to see:http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=277588

good result for this capture in flight
like white on white

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-10-02 4:59]

Bonjour Michel,
Une image très artistique, fruit d'une lumière difficile, mais qui t'a fourni un arrière-plan idéal. Comme un ange ta sterne, les ailes sont superbement déployées.
Belle présentation décentrée et un excellent "management" de la lumière.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-02 20:29]

Hello Michel,
Even though the lighting may not have been the best on this particular day, I think it turned out quite well. It kind of has a heavenly appearance to it.
Awesome job on getting just the right exposure since you had to shoot against such a very light BG. Excellent detail and wonderful stop action. Love the orange feet and bill.

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