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Silver Gull

Silver Gull
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/340 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-14 7:26
Viewed: 3764
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the most common seagull in Australia, the Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae). It is most common in the southern half of the continent where it can be abundant in coastal areas, especially near towns. Inland, it resides along some of the major rivers and larger lakes, freshwater swamps and sewerage ponds.
This one was taken at Windang near Wollongong on the NSW south coast. Levels adjusted, 60%USM and resized for TN.
Like most birds with white plumage, itís so hard to get the exposure right, even on overcast days such as this. Iíve taken many shots of this species but the whites are always overexposed. There is still some slight OE on this one to, but Iím pretty happy with the result, hope you like it to.
As always, constructive criticism is always welcome, this is how we learn.

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Excellent capture Chris, This is well composed with a great open-mouthed pose..Great POV, colors, light and sharpness..Don't know what you are talking about - there is no OE here! Sometimes white is just white!! Hope to shoot some sea birds next month myself when I drive the 200 miles down to the Gulf Coast here. Very well done!

Nice and sharp capture. All the details are very well shown. A nice POV too...

I thought for a moment...If this one got a nice background too...How wonderful this shot would be.....

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-14 10:18]

Very nice pose, great looking red beak and legs. Quality is very good. Only thing I would change is grey BG ;-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-14 12:19]

Hello Chris,

The OE on the whites is very little and not bad at all. The pose of this screaming Gull is very nice and I also like the POV a lot. Maybe you should haven given him a little more shoutingspace on the right. I think the subject is a little too centered now. Focus on the eye is marvelous. Well done & TFS!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-14 14:11]

Good composition ,perfect exposure!!

Nice capture Chris,
great open mouthed pose. Very good sharp details.
Have you tried to adjust the white balance on your settings?
Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-14 17:21]

Hi Chris, nice image. I love the pose with the beak agape. the colours and composition are good too. Well done.

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-06-14 18:34]

What a great gull photo youíve taken. Perfect exposured with great colours and details.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-14 20:55]

A stunning shot of that gull. Beautiful red eye rim, beak, and legs. I have never seen one like that before. Details are very sharp, and I think the exposure is perfect. Congratulations. : )

Hi Chris!
I'm really impressed! This is amazing shot. So sharp... Gret details. Just superb!
And what's more... this is great compostion with dark light and this water!

Very nice capture, it could be a little brighter.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-15 7:59]

Belle mouette bien miss en valeur dans cette composition photographique. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et bonne nettetť.
Beautiful Gull in an interesting & well done shot !

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-15 17:26]

Chris, vivid shades of red, great exposure upon the whites and excellent sharpness.

The moment is nice - I can almost "hear" it.

I also enjoy composition and pov.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-17 10:02]

Hello Chris.
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Very good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Again, have a good weekend.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-17 12:11]

I love the colors of the eye, beak and foot...
great moment to take the pic...
very beautiful shot...
condratulations Chris..

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