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Hand of God

Hand of God
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon 24-105/4L IS
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-24 15:42
Viewed: 4038
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little Skellig houses the world's second largest (out of 23) colony of Gannet birds.

Little Skellig became visible through a cloud of sea mist, rising sheer out of the water, it looked as though it was covered in snow. Drawing closer I realised that it wasn't snow, but a mass of white birds, nesting, feeding, bickering, and, nattering all over the rock surface. Flying birds circled the rock like a blizzard.

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Hello Stephen,
Definitely an impressive nature shot.
Quite an air force and what a basis, you captured.
Well done

Hi Steve,
Interesting shot, I see you're breakin' in the full frame :)
Well done!

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-06-24 23:23]

Hi Stephen,
an absolutely fantastic view of this basaltic dome covered with hundreds of big Gannets. The low clouds, the breaking water, the blue, the green, everything contributes to an exceptional landscape shot. My compliments, Stephen.
Best regards

Very nice photo Stephen. Have a good day

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-25 1:10]

Hi Stephen,
you have such an impressive coastline over there, i think a visit is in order!
Fantastic capture of this amazing location, you really can see the Hand Of God here. The brooding sky has created heaps of atmosphere and the swarming Gannets also add a sense of drama. Great POV too, well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2008-06-25 1:27]

Hello Steven!

What a fantastic place! Rock formation really looks like big hand. Great composition with grim sea and sky. Perfectly composed with silhouettes of circling birds. Excellent mood.

Hello Stephen. Excellently composed in tall frame. Stunning view with detail texture of the rock. I like the misty horizon with birds, so many birds in flight. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-26 8:43]

Wow! That must have been very impressive!
You couldn't have got a better shot in my opinion.
The mist is so atmospheric and the I love the silhouettes of the gliding Gannets.
A perfect title too :-)

Just incredible!

Very well done,


Hi Stephen,
It looks like you went for a stunning boat trip but had a bit of a gray day. But still clear enough to get another wonderful photo. The rock does look like a large hand holding something in it. The Gannets add a lot to the entire photo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-01 8:40]

Hi Steve

Great to see some new stuff from you again!
I still visit your website regularly and hope to see and maybe even learn something new everytime :)
Excellent shot here with a terrific composition and presentation of this amazing place!
Spot-on exposure in all the elements of the scene, lovely colors (especilly in the rocks) and great contrast between the birds and their habitat - it really attracts a lot of attention. Above all: wonderful timing!

Bravo and TFS

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