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This was taken on Inner Farne Island in June of this year.

Camera:Canon EOS 10 D
Lens:Canon 500 mmf4+1.4ext
Recording media:N/A
Title:Puffin & Sand Eels'
Username:ron thomas ron thomas
Uploaded:22 Nov 2006 - 7:10 PM
Tags:Bird, Farnes, Food, Puffin, Sand eels, Wildlife / nature
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bsbossman
bsbossman  8
22 Nov 2006 - 7:14 PM

WOW SAYS IT ALL FOR ME
GREAT CLICK

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JoolsM
JoolsM  8 England
22 Nov 2006 - 7:14 PM

Nice classic shot of a puffin.

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Graysta
Graysta  91134 forum posts England
22 Nov 2006 - 7:14 PM

What a great shot.probably one of the best Puffin shots ive seen. - graham

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msnapz
msnapz  874 forum posts
22 Nov 2006 - 7:15 PM

Just perfect, Love it

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BertC
BertC  729 forum posts Malta
22 Nov 2006 - 7:19 PM

Amasing !! Superb lighting and crispness.
I like ...
Bert

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jamil
jamil  8 Scotland
22 Nov 2006 - 7:20 PM

Awsome shot you cant get better then this.
Ahmed.

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chrissd
chrissd  8304 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 - 7:20 PM

on my wall, thats where this belongs, be proud Ron, i would, its awesome
chris

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sawdust
sawdust  872 forum posts
22 Nov 2006 - 7:21 PM

A clasic shot well taken

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culturedcanvas
22 Nov 2006 - 7:22 PM

A classy shot but lacks enough depth of field to work for me ... I appreciate the difficulty in doing it, but the out of focus fish are too prominent for them to be out of focus .. if you get my drift.

Dan

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NikkiW
NikkiW  733 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 - 7:23 PM

superb!
what else can be said?
nikki

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neonknight
22 Nov 2006 - 7:35 PM

Click fantastic Puffin portrait nice one,John

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2006 - 7:35 PM

dinner is served?

jeff

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Carl40
Carl40  8 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 - 7:40 PM

Superb image with good detail and colour.

Carl

CLK

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mommy2cutekids
22 Nov 2006 - 7:47 PM

This shot is nothing short of amazing-thanks for sharing!

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TerryBaxter
22 Nov 2006 - 8:03 PM

Splendid colours, dof and presentation.

Terry.

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2006 - 8:04 PM

Where's the HC or even EC for this Ron?? It's a wonderful capture....you're shot not the sand eels!!
Mike

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KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2006 - 8:52 PM

wow what a close up Ron
keith

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pcjackso
pcjackso Junior Member 9
22 Nov 2006 - 9:09 PM

A good closeup shot Ron
Pauline

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NevP
NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2006 - 9:19 PM

Awesome photography.

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Andy1979
Andy1979  7754 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2006 - 9:23 PM

one great shot need i say more!

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scragend
scragend  10 Scotland
22 Nov 2006 - 9:38 PM

The 'bar' has just been raised! Excellent work! Yes, the DOF is shallow but the focus is on the eyes - where it counts - so that's good enough for me.

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hsreid
hsreid  9 Scotland
22 Nov 2006 - 10:09 PM

Superb composition

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ron thomas
ron thomas e2 Member 10ron thomas vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2006 - 10:35 PM

Thank you to everyone who has clicked or commented. I think it would be the "done thing" for me to respond to Dan's comment about the depth of field. Firstly it isn't a slip-up or technical error. I did choose this image to upload because of the way it was. My son & I spent 4 days at Beadnall Bay near Seahouses in June of this year. I brought back around 4,000 images (I remember the number because I nearly lost them all when during the transfer of data from my memory unit to the PC when I arrived home, there was a power cut/mains fail, the current surge on power restoration blew one of my hard discs!)

I brought back quite a variety of shots of several types birds to choose from and when it comes to Puffins, I have lots of portrait type pictures, quite a few with Sand Eels. As most of the shots were done in such a way as to give max depth of field, I worked on this particular shot because to me the strength of the image was in the Puffin's eyes. I have a great respect for Puffins and this one had quite a "powerful" look about him. The shallow depth of field, I thought, concentrated the viewer's attention on the bird's eyes and that was for me a main feature of the image.
As with all of photography, different people may see different things and this is what makes it such a fascinating activity to be involved in. Because I was walking all over my friend the Puffin's carpet in his living room in my dirty boots and he had not invited me....then I think he is quite justified in giving me that sort of a look. I think we should all know our place in the world! (I feel quite bad because I have not mentioned my sympathy for the Sand Eels!)

Best wishes to all!

Ron.

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culturedcanvas
23 Nov 2006 - 12:31 AM

Ron, thanks for taking the time to post back about the reasons behind the shot. You will find that I always come back to a shot that I like, or one that interests me to see how the comments have gone through the day.

As mentioned this was a personal view, not something I felt was a technical glitch. The shot is technically excellent.

My reasons were that the sandeels were such a strong part of the composition brought about mainly through the sheer number of them. Also the eyes of the front sandeels were prominent in the photo, and this drew my eyes to them as a main part of the composition. This is why I felt they had to be in focus.

In addition the eyes of the Puffin lost some impact through the front on view, and despite the fact they are fully in focus I felt there was some element of distraction caused by the sandeels.

On reflection it was unfair of me not to click this for a readers award. Coming back to this shot I find myself changing my opinion slightly. I still would have liked to have seen a shot with a great depth of field, but this shot does work for me, and perhaps I needed the additional viewing time to fully appreciate it.

Hope this helps explain my opinion.

Kind regards

Dan

PS - That location isn't far from my house and I know I am lucky to live so close !!

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dreamflower
23 Nov 2006 - 1:09 AM

Now that is a winner...amazing...click

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urban-hero
urban-hero  10 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 - 3:25 AM

Stunning!

Andy.

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2006 - 6:09 AM

Fantastic image/do you think he can get anymore eels in there.
Tom.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England239 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2006 - 7:01 AM

Great portrait Ron,fabulous eye contact & detail.
The OOf eels do not detract for me as I am drawn straight to the eyes.
Janet

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Pricey
Pricey  932 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2006 - 9:15 AM

Wonderful capture.

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ron thomas
ron thomas e2 Member 10ron thomas vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2006 - 10:54 AM

Once again thank you to all who have clicked or commented. I am grateful to Dan for responding in the way he did and I very much appreciate what he has said, it also enables me to explain further a little of my way of going about things.......

Good pictures don't need explanations but as most of the pictures that I upload to EPZ will end up in a presentation (slide show) I inevitably will be talking about/explaining some aspect of the image as it is being viewed. Without wishing to be "preachy", I have developed a great sense of value for our natural heritage over the years that I have been photographing it. Inevitably there is a conservation flavour to the talks that I give and producing pictures to upload to EPZ is part of that and is done using conservation principles. What I mean is... I work up a digital file from an expedition (as I mentioned in my previous comment on this shot, I came back from this trip with about 4,000 images, only a small percentage of which are worth "working up"). Every shot that I work on for EPZ goes to form part of a future talk for a camera club etc. This means that the time I spend in front of the PC has at least 2 tangible outcomes (I recon that's a conservation thing). I am only able to spend the time on this comment as I am off work for a couple of days, I do regret not being able to place more comments than I do on the superb variety of images that are uploaded to EPZ every day but it's a time thing! I hope all of this is not too heavy! Picture taking should be fun (if you are not making a living out of it.... but then again maybe being creative should be fun under any circumstances!!)

Best wishes,

Ron.

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
23 Nov 2006 - 11:09 AM

I guess it's all been said already, but for me this is a stunning shot and I love the way the puffin is looking directly at the camera. Great work!

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Bridie
Bridie  8
23 Nov 2006 - 11:23 AM

Stunning shot very well taken

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nolongeramember

Aww ron this is beautiful Smile

Nikki

some lovely compos's

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john short
john short  1025 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 - 11:14 PM

there are some photographers that consistently turn in excellent photographs and you Ron are certainly one of them. Too many great images, as always , to comment on.

A portfolio that is a pleasure to view

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vlaaitje
vlaaitje  7 Netherlands
29 Jan 2007 - 10:02 PM

what a catch.....in both ways...superB

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Hawkgenes
Hawkgenes  9 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 - 4:06 PM

Just superb.

Hawk

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rmr
rmr  7 Wales
2 Nov 2007 - 10:26 PM

wow a super image
mark

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2008 - 10:44 PM

Professional shot in all respects, may I say your portfolio is stunning, will be back soon to have another look.
Geoff.

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carolynviolet
28 Jun 2008 - 11:45 PM

Wow, what a beautiful angle. He looks so lovely, and greedy!
I love how you can see all the fish lined in his beak!
Beautiful proffessional photograph! Well done.

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6 Jul 2008 - 5:39 PM

A fantastic shot IMO. I think this would work with both a deeper DOF and the one you chose. The large view looks so good.
Alan.

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
26 Sep 2008 - 5:41 PM

Amazing shot!
Great details you caught here.
Robert

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ForeverSnapping

Great potrait shot, love it!!!!
Natasha

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fvg  5 Argentina
14 Jan 2009 - 4:26 PM

very impressive portrait !

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sparrowhawk
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24 Jan 2009 - 6:57 PM

wow awesome shot

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nellabella
27 Feb 2010 - 7:15 PM

this shot is really awsome!

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JacquelineBrown
26 Apr 2010 - 12:08 PM

Great shot! It's so captivating

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