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If you thought my last gannet photo was of a fierce looking bird, then this one has to even meaner looking! It was taken at the same location, ie Bass Rock.

Thank you to everybody for their comments and votes on the previous gannet image.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:100.0-400.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2012 - 11:25 AM
Focal Length:275mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.4
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Fierce looking gannet.
Username:AnnJ AnnJ
Uploaded:22 Nov 2012 - 1:04 PM
Tags:Bass rock, Close up., Portrait, Scotland, Wildlife / nature
VS Mode Rating 102 (75% won)
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Votes:80
Voters:BrianSS · MalcolmM · NobbytheNobster · Trev_B · Big_Beavis · tezquirk · ValSaxby · RonnieAG · Hermanus · debu · Lillian · christinecilia · NaturesHaven · barbarahirst · M_squared · Niknut · danbrann · eviemay · myrab · dos · andylea · paulb20 · AnnChown · Fefe · carper123 · Louise_Morris · Philip_H · LibKerr4 · lifesnapper · SailorBuoy · nealie · Norfolkboy · Mrsbass · eosfotoP · Alan_Baseley · AlanPerkins · rpba18205 · cabbie · dmhuynh72 · Greyheron · wolfy · EAS · Bzox · Badgerfred · Kayleigh · banehawi · canonfan · prabhusinha · Pete · Mototaur · DiazSprite · johnjones · Holmewood · PhillipMinnis · john_slevin · headskiesfly · User_Removed · Scottishlandscapes · FeatherFriend · Altruizin · Brian65 · Tibetan · rayme330 · mrswoolybill · CaroleS · tonyng · sweetpea62 · Irishkate · HarrietH · Fotofunguy · nikshot · brownsilent · KBan · Misty56 · pamelajean · stuart1963 · Morpyre · oll1e · georgiepoolie · Glashutte ·
Views:221
Unique Views:95
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BrianSS
BrianSS  8353 forum posts England38 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 1:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A tremendous shot, well done!

I wonder if a touch of Curves might make it even better, just a thought. Grin

Last Modified By BrianSS at 22 Nov 2012 - 1:07 PM

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NobbytheNobster

Great capture of this lovely bird Smile
Ricky

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Trev_B
Trev_B Plus Member 8142 forum postsTrev_B vcard England68 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 1:13 PM

Wonderful eye contact, detail and colours.... well done Ann.

Trev

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5148 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland114 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 1:47 PM

Superb head on portrait of this gannet, the gaze straight down the barrel of your lens, and that is a rather mean countenance.
Wonderful detail.
Ronnie.

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Hermanus  2 South Africa
22 Nov 2012 - 1:48 PM

Excellent photo of this stunning bird! Great detail Grin

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debu
debu  5 India
22 Nov 2012 - 1:49 PM

Very nice detailed image.
debu

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Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 2:11 PM

Very up close and personal
great shot
Lillian

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christinecilia
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22 Nov 2012 - 2:14 PM

fantasick shot lovely eyes and i like the water on its head nice and sharp. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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M_squared Plus Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 - 3:01 PM

Stunning close-up.

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AnnJ
AnnJ  3 Scotland
22 Nov 2012 - 3:28 PM

Have now added a variant, having taken BriannSS's advice and applied a touch of curves. I wonder if I have done this correctly and if it is now better? Ann.

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Niknut
Niknut Plus Member 5937 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 3:46 PM

Ooooo....terrific shot !!......wonderful 'look', & so crisp.....with V2 having a bit more 'zing'....1st class !!!

If it were mine, I'd be tempted to crop 10% from both sides.....but that's being picky ??.Smile

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danbrann Plus Member 10517 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 4:07 PM

What a wonderful shot and you have done so well to hold all that detail in those whites. The water on its plumage is a bonus.

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22 Nov 2012 - 4:28 PM

A fabulous, fabulous shot.

Myra

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BrianSS  8353 forum posts England38 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 4:31 PM

I think with V2 you have made a super shot even better! Grin

Brian

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AnnChown
AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 6:06 PM

Well done Ann - this is an excellent shot with full on eye contact and super detail!
Ann

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carper123 Plus Member 3194 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 6:26 PM

Wonderful close up, Ann, fills the frame beautifull, fantastic detail and colours, luv the water droplets, which really lift the image.
well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile x

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22 Nov 2012 - 7:26 PM

Brilliant piece of work, well done Ann.

John Smile

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Norfolkboy
22 Nov 2012 - 7:39 PM

A cracking close up.
Colin

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AnnJ  3 Scotland
22 Nov 2012 - 9:25 PM

Gosh, this is the most votes I have ever had on EPZ, so a big thank you to everybody as I feel so humbled and honoured. Ann.

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EAS
EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 9:50 PM

What an expression and certainly not one I'd want to be on the receiving end of! Outstanding capture.

Ann

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banehawi Critique Team 101129 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3118 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2012 - 1:48 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Excellent shot. V2 is improved. I would also suggest that you apply a little more sharpening after re sizing and before uploading; the colour temp is slightly warm, a touch cooler looks better, ad you can add a lot if the simply touch the eyes with a 2 pixel white brush on a layer, then adjust opacity to place a hint of cathclights to bring some life to those big eyes. And, if you can tone down highlights a touch, theres some great feather detail that pops out.

Good idea to turn mods on occasionally?


regards


Willie

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23 Nov 2012 - 7:47 AM

Wonderful image Ann
Jim

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prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2012 - 8:40 AM

He must be jealous of your 100/400mm.

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Mototaur
Mototaur  226 forum posts England
23 Nov 2012 - 2:22 PM

lovely portrait. the feather details and the water droplets are nicely captured. for me the birds eyes are the draw in this photograph. they are really staring at you. you have my user award today.

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johnjones  5 England
23 Nov 2012 - 8:12 PM

What a excellent shot brill detail.
jj

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headskiesfly
25 Nov 2012 - 8:34 AM

Wonderful detailed shot and eye contact.
Rick

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25 Nov 2012 - 2:38 PM

Superb image, No1 for me.

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Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 2:55 PM

The gaze of a bewigged High Court judge looking down on some miscreant whose about to get his comeuppance.

Dougie

V2 without doubt.

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FeatherFriend Plus Member 738 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2012 - 2:45 PM

Superb detail and expression captured Ann and some very good advice from Will on processing, love it,
Geoff.

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30 Nov 2012 - 7:40 PM

Looks great to me Ann.
Brian

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
30 Nov 2012 - 10:09 PM

Ann, I am proud to receive you vote thank you regards! Leon, a wonderful photo GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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AnnJ  3 Scotland
1 Dec 2012 - 9:39 PM

Feel so humbled by so many positive remarks and votes. I have so much to learn but feel very encouraged to go out there and try to improve. A big thank you to everybody who took the time and trouble to vote/make comments. Ann

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6 Dec 2012 - 1:55 PM

The droplets are so crisp and what superb eye contact!
Carole

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6 Dec 2012 - 9:57 PM

Top portrait. Details are excellent.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 Plus Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 10:47 PM

Brilliant,well done..Lin

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Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom79 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 11:50 PM

Some good advice here Ann.
Nevertheless a brilliant image to start with.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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8 Dec 2012 - 9:02 PM

Wow, what a stare!
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pamelajean Critique Team 9892 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1703 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 9:53 PM

A beautiful image to start with, Ann, but you have definitely improved it in V2.

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Glashutte
Glashutte  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 12:19 AM

Flipping 'eck--- just saw it now


Got to get into National Geographic- how did you do it?

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