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Circling Ring-Billed Gull

Circling Ring-Billed Gull
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-02 6:05
Viewed: 2639
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Since I have been shooting at higher ISO's I noticed a better ability to capture birds in flight, but for the notes, the images are a tad noisy due to heavy bright light saturation. so essentially we capture movement well and with a fairly good depth of field, but then we either must be 'lucky' and able to remove noise or find that the image is inherent good in it's stylistic way in order to make up for the lack in other. So it is an imagers choice so to speak and governed, only by the gear one is using. Also factored in would have to be the number of images taken. Surely if one stayed in same location and took 200 shots, one would be very good. Sometimes I find that taking pictures is like rolling the dice. This is particularly the reason why I choose to do landscapes:-) However once in while it helps me to refine my method of seeing...so I have to thank at very least Paul and certainly Howard for their images of birds in flight...I am still learning.

This is the Ring-billed gull which Ivan successfully ID'ed for me. We have a number of them nearby from time to time. As this section of once grasslands becomes now part of the growth of a small city, I think the gulls are attracted to the newcomers, which we folks call contractors:-) They tend to be messy and upon going home leave half of their lunches laying on the ground ...so here we see one which looks by all appearances to be angelic, wherein reality, it is pondering on it's next meal!

Fuji DSLR Nikon Mount
Sigma 70-300mm at 300mm
ISO 1600
Hand held

uleko, nikosrio, ramthakur, Argus, jaycee, Dis. Ac., CeltickRanger, angela926, tuslaw, Luis52, jusninasirun, fartash, marhowie, gracious, Adanac has marked this note useful
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-02 6:34]

Hello Bob,
Wherever you look in mother Nature there is always something that attracts your eye and this time you looked up. Yesterday when I was watching a butterfly on the sand,I suddenly saw a shadow on the ground - and there was a Red Kite very close above my head!! Before I got the camera adjusted it was miles away! It would be nice to have eyes in the back of the head as well or to be able to turn the head like an Owl!!
You did well looking up to see this beautiful Gull with its wings stretched out beautifully against the light. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Bob,
very nice shot,great color and light,sharpness.Very interesting POV,

Jonathan the Seagull comes strongly to mind after seeing your picture, Bob.
Very good capture of it in flight. I have yet to shoot my first picture of a flying bird. Not that I did not try, but all were deadpan fiascos :-)!
The sky in your picture looks vital and supports your subject well.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-02 7:26]

I love the angle of the wings in this in-flight of a Ring-billed Gull, Bob: it is the essence of this central composition against a fine light-cloudy sky.
Fine timing and light management too and it is as sharp as it could be at that distance.
Great image and thanks for sharing it!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-02 8:10]

Hi Bob,

Look what happens when you look up! The position of this Gull is just wonderful with the wings spread wide in a diagonal and the head and spread tailwings in perfect symmetry. I like the centered composition in the lovely cloudy sky. Please, send some clouds this way.


Hello Bob,

Nice capture from these bird, alone a little cenered.
Good timing,


hello Bon

wonderful in-flight shot of the Ring-Billed Gull, with fine POV,
i love the way his wings and tail are opened, and i love the clouds
of this image because for me it brings a plus to the image

last year when i decide to shoot movement of ducks in image
i decide to go from ISO200 to ISO400 but i will not go to
higher ISO even ig i have a Fuji, i tested one time and
it was digital noise, maybe i have to try again, TFS


Hello Bob,
Great capture of this in flight ring billed gull,
excellent composition and point of view, great timing,
superb sharpness, good depth of field and nice natural

Hello Bob
This is a fine picture..I like his rudder spread wide open with lovely light illuminating it.
An interesting note as well..A higher iso does indeed induce a higher shutter speed but then as you say it introduces noise into the image (your fuji handles it so much better than my canon..above 400 is a no go for me!!)...You then have aperture which the higher the f stop the lower the shutter speed...It is all a juggling act but the one defining issue is to learn how your camera and lense combination work together and what they will allow you to achieve....Would you get into an unfamiliar car without checking where all the essential controls where?
That said your fuji and sigma combination has produced stunning results when I look at the shooting info..High iso..f16..and a shutter of 5000...and the subject isnt a silhouette!!...Great work Bob
All the best

Hi Bob, splendid flying gull, I like a lot diagonal open wings, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi bob
perfect moment you got this bird during the flight
good sharpness and details
also the pov is good
well done

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-02 14:44]

Nice capture Bob,
I like the way the inner wings and tail seem to glow as the sun shine through them.
I have noticed that in the last twenty or so years, we have gulls that are living in the Massillon area all summer long. They were not around at all when I was a kid, but now you see them everwhere. They kind of remind me of the Canada geese in that respect. TFS

I immediately thought of Jonathan Livingston Seagull....then I thought of Bridge Across Forever...which lead me to...oh well, never mind. I'm easily distracted.
A gorgeous image. Just beautiful! In flight shots are never easy but you did a fabulous job here. Heck of a shutter speed there! WOW!

I like the way this gull is banking, and a part of me wonders if it is looking for a target to drop a load...

Overall, the clouds really add to the sky and the details, even though the gull is in flight (obviously moving) are fairly easy to see. Like you, I discovered a higher ISO allows me to capture things I wouldn't normally go for. This gull though, may have plans for you...did you come home clean??? Hehehehehe

Too tired, will be back later!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-02 20:37]

Hola Bob.
Muy bella la foto de esta Gaviota en pleno vuelo, con hermosos colores en azul como fondo.
Un saludo Y un abrzo mi querido Bob.

Hello Bob. This optics is good. You have captured the bird in flight with full spread wings and the white cloud and the blue sky in the background giving good depth and perspective. Very well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-02 21:24]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful in-flight shot of this great looking Gull and you have captured it with perfect timing. Very neat and sharp. The diagonal posture against the cloudy sky looks awesome. Though I would have preferred a less central composition this looks quite creative too. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-03 1:23]

Hello Bob,
what a fine in-flight shot of this Seagull!
Very low amount of noise for ISO 1600 which allowed you to ensure a pin-sharp shot with that mega-high shutter-speed (my camera only goes up to 1/4000 sec!)
The pose is excellent and I love the composition.
Perfect exposure against the sky.
Great focusing.

Well done, Bob!!!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-03 10:17]

Hello Bob, Nice shot and I was also missing your shots for a long time. Will now be regular. Ganesh

Dear Bob
Wonderful shot of this Circling Ring-Billed Gull :O)
Perfect focusing,soft lighting and composition.
Superb shot my friend.


Hi Bob,
Great job on this, knowing how high you can go (pardon the pun) with respect to ISO is crucial...Someday technology will render this dialogue moot, but until then we will struggle with what we've got.
Well done,

Hello Bob,
good image on this inflight Ring-billed gull with it's head looking down in a diagonal angle!
good exposure and focus in this shot
many thanks for the sharing

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-05 8:04]

Hello Bob

The sky looks wonderful in this scene.
This gull appears blithe to the world as it sails along.
Very good detail and sharpness.
Nicely done.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-08 15:53]

Hello Bob,
Dating myself here but isn't this Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Nice image with good detail, your note reminds me how these gulls fly the fast food restaurant route in our fair city.
Thanks for sharing Bob.
PS Sorry I was so long in returning to comment.

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