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Gannet from Muriwai

Gannet from Muriwai
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-28
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: New Zealand experience 2008/2009
Date Submitted: 2009-12-13 3:13
Viewed: 2463
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gannet from Muriwai

"Shot" this gracious gannet at the west coast of the New Zealand north island at Muriwai were a huge gannet colony broods.

Used here the 70-300mm zoom lens with maximum focus lenght. To freeze the camera motion I used a rather high shutter speed of 1/2000 sec, thanks to the perfect light I was still able to use 200 ASA and a relative small aperture of f/8.

PP work: shot in Raw, adjusted brightness, contrast and vibrancy, converted to jpeeg, adjusted levels and curves, cropped and resized and used unsharpen mask (200%, 1,0 pixel level 2). Finally add frame.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-12-13 3:15]

Hi Hans,
Lovely catch of this bird in flight, great colour, DoF and detail, I like the curve of the wings, lovely position. TFS

Just lovely, Hans!
Nice focus, good framing and great timing.
Well done. Congratulations and TFS.

Have a great Sunday!
Bruno Santana

Hi Hans
It's beautiful! Good catch. Great POV.
Hien Vy

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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2009-12-13 3:54]

Hello Hans,
superb shot! The elegance of the beautiful flying bird is captured so well! The light as if touches softly its wings and head, brings out the whiteness and the beautiful colour over there on the head. Lovely work.
Best regards, abhijit.

Flying at its leisure,sharp and crystal clear.very neat and precise focus and colors.good POV,nicely composed.tfs

I like movment and sharpness on the head of bird,

thanks Hans

dd, ile de la Réunion

Hello Hans - Excellent nature study with outstanding sharpness against a perfectly blurry background. Perfect framing.
Have a good day,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-12-13 6:43]

Hi Hans,
A nice action shot of this gannet in flight.
A very sharp capture with an adequate shutter speed to freeze the action.
Great details on the bird with excellent exposure.
Very neatly presented against a nice blurred seascape.

Francis Xavier

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-13 6:44]

Hello Hans, excellent bird shot, the exposure is spot on, details and sharpness perfect and a fantastic image, well done!


Hello Hans, the curved shape of the wings is beautiful.
Crystal sharp focusing on the gannet.The light on the white feathers is wonderful.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-12-13 9:23]

Hey Hansie - I saw this fellow again on Friday... He said to say Kia ora to you...
Great shot of this beauty - they are so amazing to see and not always easy to capture in flight. Brilliant catch - very well displayed for us
TFS again

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2009-12-13 12:25]

Je hebt h'm inderdaad goed bevrozen Hans
1/2000 daar blijft de tijd wel even bij stilstaan :-)
Goed detail, zelfs nog in z'n zwarte pennen ( al moet je echt kijken - doe ik dus ook )

Geen " but " - kwestie van smaak - maar ik had die cirkeltjes ( lens flare ? of wat ) verwijderd.
( Ja zelfs ik ! hihi )

TFS Hans


This is possibly the best "in flight" bird shot I have seen Hansie! BEAUTIFUL! Nice soft BG, to make the sharp bird stand out! Excellent levels! Love the colors! It's all good!

Nou Hans, wat is deze prachtig van licht en kleur.
Mooie blur in de achtergrond. Perfect scherp en mooi van compositie.

Great shot Hans, I've tried to photograph these in flight with little success, easier photographing warbirds I think.

The fast shutter speed does hower seem to help alot. Will make a note of that.


Beautiful bird well captured Great colours and sharpness Good job
warm regards

This is indeed one of the better gannet images I have seen. Precise, exact, and with skillfully chosen tech settings. Indeed the bird is graceful. TFS...

Hi Hans,
A great action caught of view of this gracious gannet of New Zealand,
Beautiful composition and presentation,
great colors and light,
Nice focus and picture very sharp and clear..
very well done. Chapeau...

Very nice image of the gannet Hans
He looks to be gliding on a nice breeze....well done!!

Regards Tracey

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