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Les Fous de Bassan

Les Fous de Bassan
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Copyright: Francois Vallieres (Valf) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-04 20:37
Viewed: 6514
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I took this picture, I wanted to give the feeling that you have when you see all those gannets as far as the eye can see. At the time when I took the picture, the fog was really thick, so the colors are faded, but it give a different ambiance.
I use the wide angle to emphasize on the distance between the gannets that seems calculated.

J'ai pris cette photo en tentant de reproduire l'effet qu'on ressent à voir cette quantité de Fous de Bassan qui se côtoie à perte de vue. A ce moment de la journée, le brouillard était plutôt intense rendant les couleurs des oiseaux plus ternes, mais donnant une ambiance particulière.
L'utilisation du grand angle m'a permit de mettre l'emphase sur la distance entre les oiseaux qui semble être calculée.

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To dotuan: About the workshop of the gannetsValf 2 10-15 11:48
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Verry Intersting. i noticed the birds where spaced out evenly. the fog gives it the cold morning effect. nice job

Superbe, tout simplement superbe. Directement dans mes favs! Bravo François!

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-04 22:16]

Very interesting photo. They are sitting seperate with same distance. Excellent photo.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-04 22:26]

Hello Francois

A great job with this photograph.You have accomplished everything you set out to do.A very good composition with interesting perspective.Good DOF a photo with atmosphere.TFS


Hi Francois,
Great capture and great use of the wide angle! There are so many birds here! I'm surprised they allowed you to come so close without flying away. The fog adds a nice atmosphere and mood but I would have liked to see the birds as far as the eye can see.
Well seen and TFS,

loveli image.....astonishing angle and PoV...
great capture....!

Hello Francois
I also noticed the spacing - there seems to be a fixed "personal space" distance for the gannets. Are these nesting females?

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-10-05 0:14]
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Francois very nice shot you show us. Creative choice, almost as if the birds are arranged this way for the picture. I was wondering where you took this shot South Africa?

Wow very intriguing shot! I would almost be inclined ot clone out the flying birds so that just the grounded birds are in the photo.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-05 0:34]

Une prise tres bien reussie, Francois.
You accomplished exactly what you set out to do.
Excellent composition of this impressive scene.
The fog gives it a special mood.
It is amazing how equidistant the gannets are from each other. A wonderful capture.
Merci pour le partage. : )

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-05 2:17]

Hi Francois,

A very good shot considering the light conditions you had to deal with,quite imposing view all those gannets breeding together,


Hi Francois,
Stunning capture with great POV. I think you have achived your aim very well. The misty BG adds lovely mood to the image. I wish I could get down that close on the colony that is close to me.

So peacefully Valf. A little blured but I like it very much.

Hi Francois!
You have created a brilliant image here that fits the true spirit of TN. Though the sense of aesthetics in inherent to the art of photography, it is basically the representation of true faces of nature on this earth that we try to share on this site. In that respect as well as from the aesthetics point of view, your picture of this seemingly endless sea of gannets does an admirable job.
As a matter of fact, the mist/fog lends great ambience to the scene. It is a beautiful picture from a perfect perspective and the birds fill the canvas in an attractive pattern.
Well done and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-05 5:11]

Hi Francois

This is simply amazing!!! WOW! Ehat a piece of work!
How did you manage to get so close and not scare them away?
The wide angle works like a charm and the fog just adds to the mistery :)
Excellent shot!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Francois!
What a cool shot. Amazing perspective thanks to wide angle use, excellent composition. The POV gives an impression of you being surrounded by the birds. Congratulations,

What a great photo!
THis is photo for National Geographic !
I have only one remark - IMO fuzzy bird in center is distracting a little bit. But I won't complain :))


That is an amazing shot François. I would have loved to have seen it. I like the foggy atmosphere. If you are wanting art as well as science, then I would agree with Tim about cloning out the flying birds. I was reading an article about this very wide angled lenses last evening. (I have your same lens but haven't experimented much with it yet.) I'm not sure how close you could get to these birds but the author's example photos put the close birds really close. That lens has a focal distance of about 9 inches. He would have made the foreground birds very large and sharp and then receding far into the distance. Just a thought of something that I want to practice.


Evelynn : )

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  • LBO Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 3] (143)
  • [2006-10-18 16:53]

Salut François

Je sais qu'il est très difficile de rendre compte par une seule photo d'une colonie comptant un si grand nombre d'individus. Je trouve que ton choix d'objectif t'a permis d'y arriver: on les entend et on les sent presque...

Directement dans mes favorites images. Une tres bonne travaille, Francois, vraiment grand spectacle de la nature. TFS

Composition & POV : 10
Sharpness & DOF : 10
Light & color: 10
Creativity & Originality: 10

Best regards,
Radu Xplorator

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-10-22 14:27]

it is one of the amazing pic that I have ever seen...

very beautiful...

my congratulations to you... :)

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-10-26 15:27]
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I like the perspective effect in this photo! It is like a national geographic picture!
You have certainly achieved what you were trying to do here! It is a really interespting photo, and the exposure is very good!


Hi Francois,
Great wide angle view; quite moody too.
Good work!

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