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Gulls over the Marker lake

Gulls over the Marker lake
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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: 2008-03-08
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-01 5:14
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Gulls over the Marker lake

While sailing from Volendam to the former island of Marken it boat was accompanied by a flock of gulls and I took some shots. Overall gull shot appear quite boring to me, so I can imagine you have the same thoughts here. But I wished to post this one due the shallow DOF with the two gulls in the background blurred and the top one in focus (I think).

PP work: To get to this I had to select the left lower gull and blur it a bit more and I also soften the edges after this action. Further more I adjusted the levels and curves a bit a small crop, resized and sharpened using USM and finally added frame.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-10-01 5:23]

Hi Hans!
Congratulations for your timing.. three birds flying!
Excellent PP work: I like the focus only on the first bird and the shallow DOF so much.
Very well composed. Congratulations.
ciao! vanda

Hello Hans,

Although you may believe gull shots to be a little boring, instinctively, you knew this was interesting. The positioning of the focal bird, with its outstretched wings covering the other two, like some protective mother, is charming, and creates a really well balanced shot.
Your pp work has paid dividends, blurring the b/g bird suffiently. Maybe it would have been useful to clone out the part bird (top r/h corner) as it doesn't add to the shot and, I always feel, three is such a good number for composition.

My warmest regards,
Bev :-)

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-10-01 7:29]

Hi Hans,
A splendid flight of these gulls over the greenish water!
Superb timing and accurate sharpness! Great details on the bird. Nice color saturation, I like the PP work you adapted, especially the crop!
Neat work! My best regards,

Francis Xavier

grt timing details and dof here all round cracking image
tfs regards bryan

wonderful sharpness in this, you really nailed it! great dof, good tight crop, this is wonderful,
thanks, scott

Hello Hans,
Bravo...Great timing.. Wonderful photo...Respect...
Best regards..

Hi Hans,

with that speed, the wings are frozen . . I love the composition.

Hans, let me know your itinerary while in Indonesia. I am trying to adjust my schedule.


Hello Hans,
Félicitations pour cette envolée magistrale.
Superbes netteté et détails de l'oiseau glorieux.
Merci de partager.
Bonne soirée. Yolande

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  • S-moon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 382 W: 97 N: 457] (2844)
  • [2010-10-06 12:35]

WOW! Deze is echt super mooi! Hoe krijg je het voor elkaar om zo goed te timen en dan ook de hele vogel scherp te krijgen?! Mooie achtergrond, kleuren en compositie. Heel goed gedaan.

TFS Groetjes Simone

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