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black browed albatross

black browed albatross
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-03-26
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-18 6:31
Viewed: 4206
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I tried to take pictures from albatrosses from a ship some 250 km's of the coast of Wellington. Not easy because it was gale windforce 8 and the albatrosses really enjoyed themselves in these conditions. My autofocus turned mad so I decided to switch it off.
The albatrosses were in an distant and though I shot about 200 color slides non of them was really nice.
Maybe except for when this Blackbrowed albatross (Diomedea melanophris) basicly came flying trough my cameralens....

Camera: Canon EOS 1
Lens: Sigma 400 mm APO

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Bella, mi piace il gioco di luci e ombre. complimenti ciao gigicacco

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-18 13:03]

Hi Jacob

I know in-flight shots ca nbe a pain from time to time, especially when nature's conditions are working against you.
Even so, i think you managed a pretty good job, having this very nice albatros portrait here. The colors are very beautiful, the POV great and the light excellent.

Bravo adn TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-18 15:25]

Hello Jacob,
Oh to be able to take a shot like that! Even though it was a slide it doesn't seem to have suffered from the scanning.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-19 1:03]

What an amazingly close-up view of an albatross in flight, Jacob.
A rare treat.
Great POV with sharp details.
TFS. : )

Hi Jacob,
Nice capture of a remarkable bird. Must have been extremely hard shoot in force 8 conditions with your rig. Exposure and colours are good. I'd probably clean the dust spot in PS using the clone tool to improve the image. The hit rate with these kind of conditions makes me glad I'm now shooting digital. 200 slides is a bunch of money!

Really great, but a bit of dust cleaning, noice reduction and sharpening would improve this photo a lot! Paul

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-09-26 15:12]

Hello Jacob,

Nice picture of this bird but personnally, I think that I will prefer to have the whole bird (wings and tail) within the image. There are also some spots (dirt???) on the picture which looks to me very noisy... I think that the use of an Noise Remover software like Neat Image could help here. Anyway, good capture for it is not easy to get a picture of a bird flying. TFS,

Michel (Points tomorrow for I don't have anymore for today...)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-09 3:08]

Hi Jacob, I have never seen or heard of this albatross. And living in Auckland I don't expect to see one up here. I did visit the albatrosses in Dunedin a while back, but they wren't this type.

This is excellent, considering the conditions you were shooting in. What an impressive bird he is.

And reading the other's critiques I would ignore those commenting about the noise and getting the whole bird in - they can't have read your notes. I think you have captured a wonderful bird here, and you show it as it was,

Well done

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