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Full Face Gannet

Full Face Gannet
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 72mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! (II), !Masks, !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-12 4:54
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Description: The male and female Australasian Gannet are about 84 to 95 cm and are similar in plumage. Most of the body is white, with dark tips on the major wing feathers and the inner tail feathers. The head is buff-yellow and the bill pale blue-grey with striking black borders to the bill sheaths. In immature birds, the head and upperparts are mostly brown with scattered amounts of white spotting. Small flocks are seen soaring above the ocean. A bird will suddenly fold its wings back and dive spectacularly into the water.

Distribution and Habitat: Australasian Gannets are seabirds and are a familiar sight off the southern coast of Australia. The species is also found in the south-east, to New Zealand.

Food and feeding: Australasian Gannets are expert fishers. Birds soar 10 m or more above the surface of the water, herding fish into dense shoals, then fold their wings back and dive into the water to catch their prey. The fish are grasped with the aid of small backward-pointing serrations along the edges of the bill. A bird only stays under the water for about ten seconds, but the fish is normally swallowed before the bird reaches the surface.

Breeding: In Australia, the Australasian Gannet breeds in dense colonies on islands off Victoria and Tasmania. Breeding colonies are also found off the coast of New Zealand, mostly off the North Island. In Australia, eggs are laid in October to November, with chicks hatching after about 44 days. The young leave the nest after 100 days, but do not reach breeding maturity until about six or seven years old.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 4:33 p.m.
Date: 26th November 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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hello PAM
belle pose pour la photo!!!!
curieux cet oiseau, mais joli
les couleurs sont belle et nettes et on pourrait lui dire < ta d'beau yeux, tu sais>!!! humour
amitiès et merci

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-12 5:05]

Hi Pam!

I'm sure that this is most surprising picture of Gannet I've ever seen! POV is superb. Bird's face looks like old, japanese painted mask. Blue accents around eyes are great, too. Just fantastic work my friend!

Amazing photo Pam.Interesting motive. Nice capture with excellent sharpness and colours. POV. Thanks for sharing. Stefan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-12 5:33]

Hi Pam

Wooow! What a full frontal aproach! Magnificent!
This is usually really hard to get! A 100% look to the camera on a perect perpendicular line with the sensor :) Smashing!
The eye(s)-contact here is amazing and that blue circle around them is simply hypnothizing! It just draws your attention until the point you can't let go :)
Super sharp details, wonderful natural colors and tones and an impeccable DOF, too, which isolate the head of this beautitful gannet from that lovely blurred BG.
GREAT work!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Pam, peculiar and pretty bird, excellent macro and color. Greetings.

Hello Pam,
This is a funny picture! He is looking at you there is no doubt about it :-) He seems a little disturbs or not in a good mood actually. Details, lightning, POV and composition are superb. Well done and thanks,

Hi Pam ,
excelent focus and nice colors.
well exposed and good sharpness.
very nice BG.
thank you for sharing my friend

nice makeup, TFS Ori

What a fascinating photo! With the bird looking straight ahead, at first I didn't know what I was looking at! This is a really compelling portrait - great work.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-01-12 6:38]

Wow nice portrait Gannet ,as if it looking into ur eyes!!TFS!!!

Hi Pam,
Great shot on this Gannet. Quality light and exposure have the colors looking perfect. Nice head on POV with great eye contact. The colors in the OOF backround really look great here. Wonderful shot!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-12 7:04]

Great and razor sharp close up Pam with amazing colors, impeccable focus and sharpness and perfect details taking advantage of to the maximum the illumination of the ambience.
I love the point of view very well combined with the elected framing completely uncentered, leaving an ideal bottom as backdrop.
The election of the Photoshop frame also collaborates definitively with the composition.

Hi Pam,
Good compo, good colors, good background, good POV, good...go on:-)
Maybe f8 or f11 would have given a bit more DOF though; the top of the beak should not have been soft doing so. But as it is an overall quite intriquing and wonderful image this is not really distracting.


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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-12 7:47]

Hi Pam,
Thats a great shot, the eyes are really hypnotic,the focus is sharp though a little greater DOF would have helped the tip of the beak.
Badruddin Ali

Hi Pam , excellent , ultra sharp bird photograph , TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-12 8:18]

Hi Pam,
Superb portrait of this Gannet, details, colors and composition are all fantastic. The only fault you may be too close he is going crosseyed, LOL.

Hi Pam :)
Excellent portrait! Greaqt colors, POV and DOF, fantastic composition. Brawo!

Hello Pam,
What so good portrait here!
I like a lot the POV used, wich show us the frontal view of this gannet, and the eye contact.
Excellent details on the whole image,
Congratulations and thanks for share,

Very well done Pam.
A striking shot that is very intimate, excellent point-blank eye contact. Sharp & detailed, excellent color, comp, and BG..I like it alot mf.
Have a great weekend!

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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-12 8:57]

This picture makes me laugh. It looks human-like.TFS.

Lots have been said fo this one. Nothing is remaining to say. Excellant shot. What i like about this picture is the design fored due to eyes and moth. Excellant.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-12 9:17]

Hello Pam,
What a hypnotic capture! Great POV.
Focusing is just right and presented in a fine way with good BG
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-01-12 11:25]

Awesome POV, and very good color saturation. Sharpness and details are great. I love this gannet's eyes.

Hola Pam,
Precioso retrato, parece que haya posado para la foto, excelente nitidez y fondo muy agradable, enhorabuena. Saludos

You did a great job, here!

Hello Pam,
perfectly focussed, excellently composed in assymetrical tension. Very smooth subtle colours.
A bird's portrait of mesmerizing qualities.
Thank you! Best regards,


The portrait looks very nice. The bird's eyes are intense and penetrating. Good picture.

Murali Santhanam

A great portrait of a lovely bird, Pam. The colours are great of course and the background is a perfect complement. DOF is slightly shallow as I'm sure you are aware, the tip of the beak is not quite sharp, but the eyes are and that's the most important. Looking at your EXIF data you could have afforded to go to F/8 and still have 1/600 or thereabouts. That would have probably made the beak sharper but maybe spoiled your background!

magnifique ce portrait,j'adore le regard de ce fou de bassan.

Hi Pam,
Stunner of a shot. Technically hard to fault. Love the warm colour balance.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-12 17:07]

Hi Pam,
Wonderful and awesome frontal portrait of this bird. Colours, details, pov, background and composition outstanding.
TFS, José M.

Excellent shot Pam eye detail is amazing and a good offset composition with gorgeous colours and well controlled exposure TFS rgds Necip.

hi pam!
very beautiful!
perfect sharpness with fine dof and pov
well composed with nice background and
very good exposed

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-12 20:29]

Hola Pam.- Una bella imagen aqui presentada. muy nitida. Me agrada la pose y mas que nada el hermoso plumaje de esta ave. Saludos Luis52.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-13 13:16]

Hi Pam,

This is a wonderful portrait. I love the eyes and the perfect colors especially. Very sharp focus and well composed (nicely off-centered). Well done & TFS!


This is great Pam! I laughed at this one very hard, the expression on this bird is priceless. Excellent shot with a very nice exposure. :)

Great birds eye view! ;) Well taken shot, good detail and exposure, love the angle.


Hi, Pam.
Very nice one. A little bit even funny. Excellent exposure and composition. Nice background and colors.

Hi Pam,
A great capture! Nice light, excellent details, beautiful colors and background. Thanks for sharing!

hello pam
waaaaahooooo which beautiful photograph which control a perfect depth of field perfect of the colors a clearness halucinante these cried of beauty thank you of shared cheer

Muy buenas Pam
Impresionante toma la que nos muestras, increible retrato.
Un saludo

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-16 7:09]

Hello Master Pam,
You offer us an original portrait with this frontal view. What a strange bird for me, perhaps he hypnotizes us ;-)
The "+++++" : subject, composition, point of view, sharpness, DOF, blurred backgriund, warm colors, exposure, instructive note...
The "-" : nothing as usual...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-16 12:27]

Hello Pam,

You did here a remarkable composition: the choice of an horizontal view brings a lot better impact than a vertical one! Great choice!!! As usual, colors, exposition, pov, bg are all at their best here!!! Great picture and TFS,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-16 14:16]

Lol that is great. Perfect POV! I love the beautiful colours and the focus is spot on the eyes



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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-17 22:20]

Superbe prise,tout est parfaits.

Very funny POV. All those lines coming from the center. Excelent sharpness expression and colors.

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-01-27 6:56]

Nice shot, Pam,

look's like someone's disturbed by a photographer - he's looking a little bit angry

Perfect picture - no criticism at all,


Belle photo,il est très bien pris,ce fou de bassan est très net, les détails sont superbes et vous avez su bien capter son regard si particulier je trouve. Amicalement Thomas

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-28 23:37]

Hahaha... How did you get so close in his face?
This is a very funny shot of this gannet.
Unusual POV with sharp details and great exposure.
TFS. : )

Hello Pam,
Not much to add, seems that all has been said already. Outstanding picture. Really great eyes!

Tfs, all the best,

Hello Pam,
It so real and so sharp with this gannet captured!
perfection is the word!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-09 2:24]

A brilliant shot - perfectly sharp and well composed. Ganeets are wondwerful subjects. but this shot is outstanding!

Hello PAM,

What a marvelous photo. Splendid. What a look and what a colors. I'm so lucky that I can see them on Muriwai beach, but not so close. A perfect POV, DOF and a very nice BG. Well done. Nice weekend. Regards and TFS Bob

Hello Coasties,

I have some bad news, and some more bad [bad] news; but also some good news...

Let me start in order...
The small bad news is that my previous critique is / was lost apparently... But my "Theming" has stood the test of time! [ Thus far ]

The really bad news is here where your image is shown by a thief on his /her gallery!

The "good" news is that I will renew my smiley!

Sorry not enough time to go thru a full critiques again.
The fact the shot was stolen is proof enough of its great quality!

PS Sorry to be the bearer of bad news

Wow! great shot! Very nice close-up. And good depth of field to keep the face in sharp focus but blur out the BG. Excellent work.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2013-01-21 1:15]

Hi Pam
Excellent, ultra sharp portrait of the Gannet.

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