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Silver gull at full stretch.

Discussion in 'Birds' started by bestgolfer, Sep 7, 2008.

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    Captured this on our local river estuary yesterday, not 100% happy, but wanted to share it with you all.

    He, or she, has dinner in its mouth!!
  2. Timeout


    May 23, 2006
    Hi Ron! Thanks for using the critique icon, three items for mentioning:

    1.) Wing clip - you *almost* got the whole thing! :biggrin: Wing clips are fine if it is or looks on purpose for tight portrait shots. Otherwise, always cool to get the whole wing.

    2.) Lighting - the important part of the bird (the face side) is in the shadow and the top of the tail due to the contrasty light, is blown. Couple helpful ways for this type situation is shooting early morning or evening; having the bird's face in the light with the sun behind your back (that way, you can get a pleasing catchlight in the eye, too), or using a bit of fill flash.

    3.) Background - If possible, try to avoid having your subject line up with where the dark landscape meets the sky if it is this distinct - it would make it a cleaner shot. It does require not only framing the bird, but also noting what the background looks like and moving one way or another to better frame the shot. More easily said than done, especially for a nice action shot such as this.

    The big pluses here: Great pose with nice high wings, the capture with dinner in mouth and the almost eye-level view of bird. :smile:
  3. ron.....
    like a painting
    interesting backlit shot
    i like it
    i'd get that bird OUT of the middle of the image.... makes it "relatively" boring and static
    by trimming off the right side of the image

    do you have a bigger copy to show us?
  4. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Hey Ron.

    What are your in camera settings for you are using for the D200?
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