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Seating for One

Seating for One
Photo Information
Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED DX VR
Exposure: f/16, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Craphawks, hawks, ..., Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 21:37
Viewed: 4244
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The other day I posted a shot of a pair of gulls standing on a rock. In the notes I suggested they were a large bird. This shot puts that statement into a better perspective. This is a Pacific Gull sitting on a lamp on Granite Island at Victor Harbour. This isn’t a small lamp, it’s a large bird. It is like looking at a small goose.

ID from: Simpson K. and Day N. (2004), Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Penguin Books, Camberwell.

Workflow for this shot was as follows:
Shot in Raw - Adjusted NEF shadows and highlights
Adjusted levels – very slight
Adjusted curves – “S curve” for contrast
Used overlay layer with 5% opacity brush for “burning and dodging”, used 10% for eye
Over applied Smart Sharpen on a separate layer
Used layer mask to tone it down for selective sharpening
Saved as tiff
Cropped, reduced image size, re-sharpened (slight), framed and saved as jpeg for this post

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Hello John,
Gulls are very adaptive and also smart birds!
This guy here is making well use of the possibilities present...
Well composed image, good colours and fine details!
Pablo -

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-01 2:09]

Interesting shot. Unique perspective. Great DOF and beautiful blue sky background.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-01 5:10]

Hi John, these birds are always good to shoot at.
They certainly know the best places to sit and survey their territory.
I like where he's sitting today,
Well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-01 10:45]

Hi John,
Splendid shot wherein you have captured a nice moment. Perfect lighting and focus. I like your POV and the blue sky as BG. Very realistic shot depicting a fine mood. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Trèes original, la nature et la ville en opposée, l'oiseau est très clair.

Hi John,
Different. If I didn't know it was a street lamp, I'd say it was the strangest kamode with skylight bottom I've ever seen ;}
Well I try to be humorous, so give me credit even when it goes in the kamode :)

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-06-01 19:39]

Hi John, Very good capture of this large gull. It looks almost like a small albatross at a glance. Excellent details and colours visible. Good timing for this classic pose. TFS. Murray.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-01 22:58]

Hello John

A great vantage point for this gull.The focus and details are very good.The colours are well saturated.Good details in the plumage. TFS


bonjour john
je ne sais pas si l'endroit est confortable mais cela a l'air de plaire a ce goeland!
attention a l'exposition qui est un peu trop presente ici a cause de la pose de 1/90.

G'day John.
Wow! Well spotted. Great capture. A little humouros. Great sharpness and colour. I like the frame too. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.

Is there nesting activity here John? Either that or sunbathing eh! I like the way you also included the lamp which gives an excellent idea about the size of this sizable bird! That is much harder to see in your previous shot, so this is an excellent follow-up. Tfs, Jay

Hello John,
Una muy divertida y linda foto, me gusta el inusual lugar que eligió esa gaviota para descansar, por lo visto la ha usado varias veces eh? Buen trabajo

Hi John,

A nice image of the gull, the phoot has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello John,

I know that shooting birds are all candid but this is one real candid shot of this gull. The lamp looks like it was tailor made for her.

Good details of the white area which is rather difficult when shot against the sky. I had a few white birds which never make it anywhere. I keep looking at this picture and I hope you won't mind me adding this to my personal theme.


Beautiful shot. The black and white bird siting against a bg of bright blue sky looks wonderful. Excellent pov.

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