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He went thataway

By geoffrey baker
I still have a lot of Puffin photos from my recent weekend on Skomer Island but I've been a bit reluctant to upload any more after the controversy that some of my latest ones seem to have caused, that was never my intention, I just quietly go about doing my own thing.

But what the heck, it's not my fault if I've taken photos that are good enough to earn awards and I don't see why I should be made to feel guilty for just doing what I do to the best of my ability.

So if anyone has a problem with seeing more Puffins on here, just don't comment or vote on them and go look at all the other photos in the gallery instead, concentrate more on improving your own photography and leave me alone.

Thanks to the person on another site who suggested the title for this one Smile

Oh, the photo, yeah, I quite like it Wink

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: MatP, jimmypaton, martin.w and 65 more

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jimmypaton 9 19 Scotland
27 Jun 2009 11:52AM
very good capture and detail

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martin.w 15 501 22 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2009 11:54AM
LOL, top title Smile

Just actually read the description, get em uploaded, most people can spot these are quality and deserve the awards! I went to the Farne Islands a few years ago (using film) and didn't get one even close to the standard of this!
shandoor 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2009 12:01PM
Lol what a title thankyou for the smile a superb image wonderful
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
27 Jun 2009 12:02PM
love the title too... LOL
Photo not too shabby... Tongue
woollyback 12 50
27 Jun 2009 12:09PM
Great title and superb photo. Had a look at recent posts and they are all brilliant. Keep posting them

paulrosser 8 22 Wales
27 Jun 2009 12:23PM
Stunning work mate, you're photos from Skomer are very very good, and very well exposed. Not easy with these little chaps! Well done, and keep doing things to the best of you're considerable ability. I know you will!!!
Regards, Paul.
27 Jun 2009 12:41PM
Excellent photo and caption.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
27 Jun 2009 2:03PM
I love the colors you have accomplished for bg for these wonderful birds!
27 Jun 2009 2:12PM

been puffined out, but this one is funny, cracking title, and intro, and I agree with your comments, and the votes suggest that loads of people like to see them...

John_Wannop 12 95 Wales
27 Jun 2009 2:30PM
Hi Geoff, an absolute stunner your best so far.
I tried to improve on it but failed so
a quick conversion into Black and White will have to do.
Well taken .

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
27 Jun 2009 2:41PM
Oh, just read your description.
I wouldn't give a monkey to what people said. If they can take better puffin shots, they are welcome to it. A suggestion: maybe you should try wearing camo shooting garden birds, that would be harder to do...Wink
LeeFisher 8 59 8 England
27 Jun 2009 3:28PM
stunning capture as usual and in my opinion worthy of another award.
Keep them coming Geoff. I for one love your Puffin pics and they deserve all the votes and awards they get. Superb well timed capture. Excellent pose, lovely colours and beautiful pin sharp detail. Great title.
27 Jun 2009 3:38PM
Who's said what Geoff?? I say what I see and your shots are great,if you look on some of my shots, people have said, this should do well or be short listed but they never seem to just make it which does take me aback as I feel some of my shots should have done alot better than they have as I went for different things, but thats my own view and should not take away your vision in taking the great images you have taken Geoff, I have learned Geoff there are some nastytwo-faced nasty people around and who are not what they say they are, I'm from the school of if you've got something to say, say it to my face so I can defend myself, not behind my back and to others, I wish you well and I'm still trying to see whats been said geoff, but keep up the good work and I wish you all the best.

P.S lovely photo,love the wing action
27 Jun 2009 4:25PM
Thanks everyone and thanks for the mods guys Smile

Sorry about my rant in my description but it's just that earlier this week someone complained about Puffin photos getting PA awards on here, they implied that they were easy to get and since there were only 3 awarded, 2 being mine, I did kind of take it personally, as you'd expect, with hindsight perhaps I shouldn't have said anything as usual but I did Sad

I put a lot into my photography, when I'm not doing it I'm either reading about it or thinking of it and incidents like that just take the gloss off it for me.
Anyone who thinks it's easy to get good Puffin shots should go try it, it's not as easy as it looks, especially in the harsh light I had to work with, believe me.
Anyway, I'll be quiet now lol Smile
casson 11 3 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2009 5:21PM
Glad to make this shot an rc
27 Jun 2009 5:40PM
Thanks John Smile
jeanie Plus
13 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2009 6:20PM
Gets my vote and as to the whingers (missed that thread it seems!) .. well, its just sour grapes. Smile
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2009 6:35PM
Worth a second vote from me Smile
27 Jun 2009 6:43PM
Great Image.
27 Jun 2009 6:44PM
Nice one again Geoff - great title too!

Is it me or is it a teeny bit tight at the bottom?

No matter - have a vote on me!

I see someones ranting again ...
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
27 Jun 2009 6:50PM
This is another fine shot Geoff.Totally agree with your comments,there are people on here that all they do is winge and moan about the PA and HC galleries.They need to get out there and do it and see how easy it is..not.Those images are chosen by a set group of people who take all types of photography and to get an award is an achievemnt.Your work in all genres is outstanding and each award is merited.
I know what it was like on that bright day at Skomer because I was with you and I also have a lot of images that I am proud of.So let them winge and moan Geoff and keep posting.
blacky 9 4 1 England
27 Jun 2009 6:55PM
geoff its all down to qaulity yours are superb and it gives me encouragement to keep improving well done mate,dave
Ray42 9 3 England
27 Jun 2009 7:24PM
Nice shot - and no politics
Anjantoo 9 7 1 England
27 Jun 2009 7:28PM
I think your puffins are truly magic so keep photographing them! Firstly I never realised puffins looked so good and secondly I didn't even know they were in this country so your pictures are educational as well!
Was going to say I was near Skomer Island tomorrow but checked on the map and we're going to about 90 miles in Aberystwyth. Bit far to nip down even for a chance of seeing a puffin!
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
27 Jun 2009 8:04PM
You certainly seem to meet puffins with character!! I love the title which works so well with a lovely image.

27 Jun 2009 8:31PM
Thanks everyone Smile Smile
27 Jun 2009 10:26PM
andy800 ="I see someones ranting again ... got something to say astbury?? this was directed at you from my own experience's of you, so don't belittle me, did'nt know you joined here on the 25 nov 07?? very strange you never posted anything until the 15 june this year?? don't need your childish,underhand comments+lies on here
Karrol 9 29 England
27 Jun 2009 11:10PM
Yet another SUPERB shot and yes, these guys aren't easy for inflight shots. Detail is just fantastic.................. keep em' coming.
28 Jun 2009 12:14AM
Thank you.

Craig, Andy was talking about the guy who was on about the Puffins getting awards when he said someone was ranting again, it wasn't directed at you mate Smile

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with Mark and the two Andy's and they were some of the nicest people I've ever met so I really don't understand where you're coming from Craig, anyway, I've had enough controversy for one week lol, I just come on here to share some photos so let's all just chill out ok? Smile
28 Jun 2009 12:39AM
I don't like him for my own reasons geoff,and it does not read like that to me, enough said,sorry to hi jack your lovely photo

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
28 Jun 2009 4:07AM
Very cute title, love it. He does look like he is doing exactly that, showing the way he went. Great capture and super timing. Wonderful image Geoff..........Sandy
Techno Plus
9 2.3k 8 England
28 Jun 2009 4:43PM
Absolutely superb!, amazing detail and keep posting them Geoff, quite wonderful..

LesF 11 182 9
28 Jun 2009 5:03PM
Like the title like the shots, never done any bird shots but these are inspiring, so you keep em coming

28 Jun 2009 6:46PM
Thanks all Smile
Enmark 8 5 5 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 9:37PM
Class .
MikefromEbbw 10 69 2 Wales
28 Jun 2009 10:04PM
Beautiful Geoff,bang on composition and exposure.
28 Jun 2009 10:41PM
Thanks guys Smile
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
30 Jun 2009 11:13PM
A fantastic shot of this puffin, I love the unusual comical pose
30 Jun 2009 11:15PM
Thanks Edmund.

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