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Home From the Sea

Home From the Sea
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-09 9:44
Viewed: 3561
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Still in keeping with my Remembrance Day theme, I offer this black-headed gull facing out to sea, with the words of Robert Louis Stevenson's Requiem:

This be the verse you 'grave for me:
Here he lies where he long'd to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

The Laughing Gull (Larus ridibundus), also known as the Black-headed Gull, is a very common gull in Europe and Asia, but it was new to my Canadian eyes.

The chocolate brown head, which appears at first almost black, is part of its summer finery, replaced in winter with white and leaving only vertical streaks of the brown.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend

eqshannon, nglen, nainnain, jaycee, pierrefonds, angybone, kessi, milas, Adanac, Norte, parthasarathi has marked this note useful
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Beautiful mood shot of this gull. I can almost give projection as to what he is feeling as he has been out at sea and now scans over when returning..

Great perspective to the image and DoF.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-09 10:12]

Hi Silke. Some may say its not facing the right way. but thats waht it was doing and you have captured a fine pose. with good colours and detail. The post are not nature but they look great all the same. well done TFS.

Hi Silke, cute bird in a lovely composition with great perspecive, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-09 15:21]

Hi Silke,

I am so glad you left those interesting looking posts in the picture. The gull perched on top of them is just wonderful. Although he is looking out to the sea we have a perfecr view of him. Wonderful colors and details. An unusual post with your usual great notes.


Jolie composition bien mise en valeur.
Bonne journée.

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the bird on the fence, the pjhoto has a good composition, shartpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


Clever shot!!! Love the way you used the posts to create depth and composition. Excellent shot!

Hello Silke,

I really must compliment you on this great viewpoint! It is easy to to feel oneself being the seagull! Despite his back being turned to the camera, it is still possible to detect a glint in the eye!

An excellent sharp image and good composition!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-11-10 7:34]

Hi Silke,
Beautiful composition......the gull looking down along the railing posts....the focus just perfect, blurring gradually toward the water....and the verse you chose so apt.
Wonderful tribute to Remembrance Day.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-10 11:32]

Hello Silke

A very beautiful image,the posts create a lovely visual that you have placed masterfully in the shot.
The POV and DOF is excellent,and the focus and sharpness of your subject is well done.
As usual you have framed and presented it in a beautiful manner.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-10 11:52]
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Hi Silke,
Trying to picture whereabouts this is...just can't do it though! Outstanding composition and lovely light too, very well done.

As usual it is marvellous, the composition is sublime, I really love it. The frame contribu at the composition are you doins them with photoshop cs3, if it is yes coudl you give little informations.
Thanks for sharing

hello silke
belle présentation, pour cet oiseau qui n'a pas l'air de se faire de souci
bien vu, merci a toi


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-11-14 7:31]

Great perspective to the image and DoF.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-16 19:12]

Hello Silke,
I love your composition here with the post and rails dropping away. Well seen and excellently captured, thanks for sharing.

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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-11-21 4:09]

You have really a quality portfolio of pictures here!
This one has a fascinating composition with this stepwise lower fence (or whatever it is :-). And also perfect with a bird looking into the picture from exactly that position.
This bird is called Hettemåke in my language (Norwegian), or translated something like Bonnet Gull. I dont see many of them as far north as here in Tromsoe, but in Southern Norway there are lots of them.


An apt quotation from Stevenson here, Silke -- brings to mind Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar," too. The pattern of the perch really makes the whole image, in my mind. The lighting on the gull, and the depth-of-field control strengthen the presentation. Thanks, too, for the enjoyable, informative note.

Warm regards,

Great shot.

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