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This one was taken off the "Boston Belle" on the RSPB Shearwater cruise last year ... about the last one it did I think.

From memory it was cold, windy and a bit of a swell but nothing my stomach couldn't handle Grin as you can see the sun was shining pretty clear skies and loads of reflections off the sea & wake.


So any comments please.

Thanks for all the advice & comments on the last one (YARP) .

Nick

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Oct 2012 - 10:17 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Wake up chaps!
Username:nicktg nicktg
Uploaded:31 Jan 2013 - 8:11 PM
Tags:General, Gulls., Landscape / travel, Seascape, Sports / action, Transport, Wildlife / nature
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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom858 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 8:22 AM

The problem for me is that there are too many birds resulting in a mixed jumble and difficulty deciding what to look at. Not much to do about that one.

Paul

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nicktg
nicktg e2 Member 6nicktg vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 9:12 AM

Thanks Paul,

Yes it is a bit of a scrum - they were following the chum thrown off the back of the boat. I think it would have been better it they were all together but it was the way it was thrown out that made them spread out... I wasn't in control of that unfortunately.

Nick

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 9:48 AM

There is that much movement that this is one of those pics you just have to take and hope for the best. I don't think it has worked here apart from being a record shot of the birds scavenging amongst the wake.

Frank

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nicktg
nicktg e2 Member 6nicktg vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 11:52 AM


Quote: There is that much movement that this is one of those pics you just have to take and hope for the best. I don't think it has worked here apart from being a record shot of the birds scavenging amongst the wake.

Frank

Thanks Frank. some you win ... and some you don't winSmile


Quote: The problem for me is that there are too many birds resulting in a mixed jumble and difficulty deciding what to look at. Not much to do about that one.

Paul

all,

with this in mind I've done a quick version, tighter crop and cloned out some of the extra gulls ... do you thik this is any better?

Cheers Nick

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pamelajean Critique Team 8798 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1612 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 7:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think you've done a great job with the cloning in V2, Nick, and although it does look better with the birds in a smaller group, there is still difficulty in separating them.
I find myself asking, "Whose wing is that?" and "Which way up is this one?". I think this is because they are all intent on the food and are facing towards the water, and not all of their faces are visible. But mostly it's because they are so closely grouped.
I like the colour and movement of the water, and there is also some nice wing detail in there, but it's still a bit of a "jumble", despite all your clever cloning work.
I think that if you had managed to get one of the birds closer to your camera, and therefore larger, with good light and detail, and with the group in the background, this might have worked better.
Pamela.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2894 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 1:21 AM

I like it nick, lots of good detail and action, Can benefit with a touch of shadow lifting and highlight toning down, and a crop to the dreaded and much maligned thirds, as in the mod.


I find seagulls very difficult to train to voice commands.



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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom858 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 3:26 PM

Prefer your mod to less birds. Still slightly a jumble though. It's down to subjective again. Nothing much wrong with V1 or V2, but do you like the resulting image? I have this trouble with Swans, having judged thousands in competition. I am also an angler, so Swans and, especially Cormorants are not at the top of my natural history like list.

Paul

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