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Sorry to those that looked/commented/voted earlier - had a change of mind.

Decided only to upload one version initially and let people make up their own mind - rather than leading them in a particular direction with the variant.

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300mm + 1.7x
Title:Puffin
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:7 Jul 2008 - 12:13 PM
Tags:Farnes, Fratercula arctica, Puffin, Staple island, Wildlife / nature
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WelshKiwi
WelshKiwi  63231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 12:21 PM

WOW.

Love the DOF for a start, the mottled green background lends itself perfectly to the colours of the puffin.

Like the light coming through the birds wings, you can see the detail superbly.

Love how its got the sand eels in its mouth and the eye of the birds leads onto its beak and for me the colours on its head stand out.

Love how you have captured the birds shape in flight, right down from its head to the feet, which have been captured perfectly to show off this wonderful colour again.

Ok, not a great crit but Ive tried to say WHY I like it rather than just that I like it. I know how this image makes me feel and think but it was really hard to put into words.

Just love the little "flick" of the end of the wing furtherest away.

Lee Smile

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nefaman
nefaman  8 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 - 12:29 PM

fantastic dof and a great action capture

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conrad
conrad  910873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 12:32 PM

Read this? Wink

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Bigdeaks
Bigdeaks  6 England
7 Jul 2008 - 12:35 PM

lovely shot, well done.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 12:36 PM


Quote: Read this?

Did and have replied, he's just jealous Wink

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plugin  9 Canada
7 Jul 2008 - 12:47 PM

Spot on.. fantastic image.
Jim

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 12:57 PM

best of the 3 so far, IMHO.
and stop showing off, will ya?!
:-p

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 12:59 PM

There are Puffins and Puffins and I think this is a superbly timed shot with great dof and detail. Ina

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:00 PM

its a great shot, the motion caught beautifully against a good background and the sand eels in the mouth make it special,
Phil

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49er
49er  8564 forum posts
7 Jul 2008 - 1:02 PM

Sneaked this upload in early... Nice one though.. Although these have been done too death..Smile Wink

I will do them too death a bit more later...

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:17 PM


Quote: and stop showing off, will ya?

To show off: Display some competency in a skill that is difficult to master - I shall read that as a compliment.

Thanks all. Will check back later, have finished lunch now.

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318430 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:30 PM

Sorry Cheryl for the flack you'll no doubt get, and sorry everyone else for awarding another puffin, but I couldn't let this go...

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:32 PM

See, Pete heard what I said....
Smile

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
7 Jul 2008 - 1:55 PM

Great shot, well done, I'll have to go and get some.
Freda

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 2:16 PM

Amazing - well done Cheryl !

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 2:23 PM

It is actually a very good shot, but I do think we're beginning to show a little bit of anti-robin bias here.

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whipspeed
whipspeed e2 Member 94038 forum postswhipspeed vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 2:56 PM

Great shot, no problem with it being a puffin Smile Think there should be a few chill pills available. We all take what we want and also where we are at a particular time. If a few people are taking puffins, so what! I'm sure it's human nature to see something that we would like to try, so if say a good photo of a puffin goes up and people want to try to capture something similar that they haven't tried before, maybe it's a good thing, getting people to try to photograph something they haven't tried before.
Can't cope with all the flouncing personally.

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WelshKiwi
WelshKiwi  63231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 4:32 PM

Please remember Cheryl, I was the first to say WOW Wink Well done you Smile Your shelf above your mantlepeice must be buckling under the weight now Smile

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Phil_Morgan
7 Jul 2008 - 4:33 PM

Just had to be!! Wink Superb capture Cheryl, I used to like you!! Wink
To all those that think this is just another shot of another puffin, go and try it!! You may just change your tune then!!

Phil.

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proz
proz  9205 forum posts United States
7 Jul 2008 - 4:50 PM

extremely fine capture.

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geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 6:05 PM

Congratulations Cheryl, I know how difficult it is to capture there very fast birds in flight, it's very frustrating.
Well done.
Geoff.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 6:17 PM

Thanks all.

Thanks Pete, cheque is in the post, but it is from a mutual friend as payment to ensure no more ECs Wink

I have to say I found trying to capture puffins in flight one of the most frustrating tasks I've ever undertaken with the camera. And hats off to those that get sharp (but I do emphasise sharp) images with anything less than the top of the range kit. I would not have like to have tried this with a slower lens - though of course I hampered it's performance slightly with the TC.

But whilst the most frustrating, when the results came also one of the most rewarding.

Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

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LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 6:31 PM

Whatever with all the flack etc you just gotta admire and say it is an excellent shot and fully deserves the EC.

LesF

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SteveH63
SteveH63  6 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 - 7:42 PM

Fantastic image, perfect timing, superb detail
Steve

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harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 8:06 PM

I like Puffins, I have never seen one in real life and rest assured if I get the chance to photograph one I will and then I too will flood the site with my images. That said I too am seeing too many on here, but, they are in season and so I say lets see more, ESPECIALLY if they are of this quality, this is quite superb Cheryl.
Next week we can flood the site with Goldfinches, what do you say people!

Paul

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SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 8:56 PM

simply superb

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Quote: Sorry Cheryl for the flack you'll no doubt get, and sorry everyone else for awarding another puffin, but I couldn't let this go...

Dont appologiose pete, well deserved.

Cracking shot Cheryl. These are very good .
I do love puffins and always say i will go and shoot them. Will definatly make an effort!!!
Ed

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Possum  7148 forum posts England
7 Jul 2008 - 10:21 PM

Completely wonderful; and how lovely to hear that even someone with your talent found this challenging. Very well done Smile
Allie

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2008 - 7:06 PM

Congratulations Cheryl
Its another sharp flight shot and the magic sand eels, not standing still.
I do like these comical characters so much so I went to Lundy last year for them, but sadly only found 2
Richard

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camerashooter
10 Jul 2008 - 8:32 AM

FANTASTIC shot !
Smile

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tomeda
tomeda  6 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2008 - 4:44 PM

Fantastic shot. The detail is quite superb.

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Nick_w e2 Member 73802 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2008 - 1:16 PM

A good shot is a good shot no matter how often its been done before. This isn't a good shot its fantastic worthy of the award. This should be the level togs aspire to not critisise, anyone who has tried to capture any bird in flight knows how technically accomplished this is, and sand eels to boot.

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brf
brf  6 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2008 - 11:50 AM

Excellent - in my opinion.
Colours are vivid, exposure is spot on. DOF is superb - no disturbing background detail.
Wish I'd taken it.

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ForeverSnapping

Great action shot and DOF, well done.
Natasha

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2008 - 3:15 PM

Thanks to all for the comments

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markho
markho  6
25 Nov 2008 - 6:14 PM

Amazing picture really first class stuff

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ForeverSnapping

Great shot, fantastic timing, well done.
Natasha

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Tom-Melton
14 Dec 2008 - 11:53 PM

pure genius

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Rachel99
Rachel99  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2009 - 3:27 PM

Superb. I love the way it is so crisp and isolated from the background. It is just beautiful

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Semih  4
30 May 2010 - 8:23 PM

ilgi šekici

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