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By Andyphotography    
A herring gull photographed in Roath Park lake in Cardiff

Tags: Sports and action

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accipiter 10 61 England
25 May 2012 3:13PM
Lovely sharp capture. A

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lovely captur nice and sharp and great eyes GrinGrin
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4069 Canada
25 May 2012 4:42PM
Welcome to EPZ Andrew.

This is quite a spectacular shot of an often overlooked bird that can be photographed well, as is the case here. Terrific detail in the eye, and the feathers are exposed well so you can see lots of detail

The camera is in Programme Mode, so unless you have intervened in the settings, the exposure is completely down to the camera, and if you want to progress, you will need to explore the Aperture priority and Shutter priority modes for more control.

I like the diagonal presentation, even though it places the focal point, the gulls eye in the centre.

It can be tweaked in post processing to provide a little more contrast, reduce the highlights slightly, and enhance that nice catch light on the eye. Also, painting over the blocks of colour at the bottom can help keep the eye on the bird.

Ive done this in mods to show what I mean, and mod 2 is an alternate crop.

To see mods, click the Modifications tab and the click the modified images.

Enjoy the site,


25 May 2012 6:46PM
@ banehawi
Thanks for your comments.
I have over 20 years experience as both amateur and professional and I dont see what difference it makes what exposure mode the camera is in. Using AP and SP will in no way make me "progress".
I photograph mainly landscapes and tend to use AP with a small aperture as DOF is far more important to me.
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 8:50PM
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4069 Canada
25 May 2012 11:10PM
Thanks for your feedback Andrew. Perhaps next time you should avoid posting in the Critique Gallery, as its meant as a learning area, and not for experts such as yourself who take an argumentative approach to feedback. It would be nice if you can update your profile with your experience and skill level so we can avoid upsetting you.


salopian Plus
8 3 28 United Kingdom
26 May 2012 10:11AM
Nice, sharp shot spoiled by not including the wingtips - would have thought that would been taken in to account whether amateur or professional?

26 May 2012 10:17AM
@salopian. Truth be told this was my first ever attempt at photographing birds in flight as I normally stick to landscapes and portraits. They are extremely tricky to capture and I actually clipped most of the birds right wing off as it was travelling so fast towards me. having such a long lens (270mm equiv. on my D7000) I didnt have much field of vision to play with. Yes it would have been nice to have the wingtips. I did manage to get other shots with the wingtips included but the expressions werent as good. I cropped the left wing off as it would have looked poor with just wing tip included in frame and I tried to focus on attention on the birds fantastic concentrated facial expression which I think is great.
26 May 2012 11:26AM
@Focus-man. Thank you for your comments. I do look forward to being an active member of this site.

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