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Yet another of the slow (ish) shutter speed gulls.
I've deliberately toned this down to have a more monochrome look, it was already pretty monochrome, so just enhanced it by increasing contrast and darkening a little.
Some people in the forums were looking for an image to critique, I would guess this is as good as any to practice on
I suspect you'll either love or hate it. Bit like Marmite!
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I neither love it or hate it. Does that make me a bad person?
I do like it though.
Well 1 in 7 must represent a new low for me
Love, hate, like, does it really matter so long as you tell me why you like or dislike it?
Go on this has to be fair game for some critique - scaredy cats!
Tell you why I like it? Why does one prefer one type of cheese to another, why is one woman beautiful to one man yet another man prefers a nice cup of tea, why do some like roses and others like daffodils? Questions I'm sure we'd all like to contemplate but, frankly, can't really be arsed to.
Maybe you should have put it in the critique gallery for the team of experts to pass judgement for you?
What like CB, I've done a mod, which means he will have lightened it which is not the intent
Thanks anyway Boyd, I still luvs ya!
Love it. Much better than a standard shot of a gull, much more creative and original. this seems to be the direction a lot of the top wildlife photographers like Andy Rouse are heading too which is no bad thing
Love, hate, like, does it really matter so long as you tell me why you like or dislike it
It simply grabs my attention for been different, and for that I like it.
PS I did do the quote thing but it ain't worked!
Personally, I think it works well.
The darkness of the water/sky works well against the exposure of the bird.
I can't work out if the comp works or not, so for now I'lll give it the benefit of the doubt.
I love it - I love the movement in the shot, I love the fact that its different from the norm. Stunning image in my humble opinion.
LOL, nice mod.
Very well taken, into my favs.
Yep composition is difficult, do you include the splash which automatically puts the bird into the front third, or not and have dead space. Went for frame filling with the splash. To be honest on 300mm prime you really don't have that much choice!
I do LOVE the mod, but will refrain from thanking you in the forums
the composure is fine, and the black gives a good impact but think there is a little too much movement going on in the frame, the eyes going everywhere, id liked to have seen it with a slightly quicker shutter to tone down the movement. G
despite being tight up to left side, i love the composition, contrast and movement in this shot, the splashing highlights give balance. one of the best ive seen in several days and if i could give it an award it would be yours,
I think this is the best of the same few you have done.
Quote: The composure is fine, and the black gives a good impact but think there is a little too much movement going on in the frame, the eyes going everywhere, id liked to have seen it with a slightly quicker shutter to tone down the movement. G
What it probably wants is cloning out of the bit of water movement in front of the bird. Other than that the eye needs to travel from splash to bird.
Faster shutter speed, maybe but very difficult to judge exactly what you will get as it depends on the amount of action. In previous frames not enough movement, but once they have picked up pace then too much, but it's all subjective.
Boyd's mod is wickedly excellent & I'm surprised you didn't do it yourself Cheryl
I don't like Marmite !
I like it because there is action displayed in the wing movement,clarity on the head of the Gull,water splashes which take away the otherwise starkness of the image & detail enough to appreciate...so there !
I like it very much, the movement of the wings and water provide a great sense of movement, the colouring of the background and water provides a good backdrop for the image of the gull.
Love it Cheryl, (and Marmite)
... I don't think there's too much movement going on, the clarity of the head draws the eye straight to it, superb...
Maybe I would have lightened the eye a bit.. see mod, what d'ya reckon too false looking??
I think it's pretty well spot on. The bird stands out nicely from the black b/g. The head & body are pin-sharp & there's just about the right amount of blur in the wings & feet to give a good impression of movement. I think the composition could be improved slightly by cropping the right side just to the right of the main splash, but all in all a cracking shot.
I like it
Thanks all, yes could probably do with lightening the eye a little after my darkening adjustments. Did not really notice that. Would need to be done carefully so it does not look false as you say. Need to view on a larger screen than I am using at the moment to see it exactly.
Well got about 30 votes more than I was expecting
I like the shutter speed and the treatment. Works well.
Spectacular! I've been disappointed with some of your recent blur/motion shots. Especially as you'd mastered the art of freezing mid flight (and birds on a stick!), but now it appears you've cracked the difficult art of slow motion. Incredible. The lightening of the eye would give it even more of an edge.
Erm, not sure i can add anything else Cheryl!!!!!!!
An absolute stunner, I really do like the way you have captured the head and breast so sharply and the rest gently blends in together without being to obvious. Think the EC, sums it up though??????
Thanks for the help in the forum earlier, hope to get it sorted today.
I guess how far you go with the pan-blur effect is a personal thing. I've always tried to keep one part sharp, the eye, but I noticed a lot of really abstract ones about, especially in Norway from various respected foreign wildlife togs, so I was just experimenting.
I don't think the UK is ready yet for the totally abstract interpretations of flight
It is definitely a skill that I need to put some more time into practising, but it's hard to deliberately take a "blurred" shot sometimes when everyone expects sharpness and the "hit" rate for a successful image in the eyes of the majority of viewers is greatly reduced from my norm.
So I just have to bite the bullet and have a lot more wasted efforts if I want to improve, but every bird and flight is different to some extent and is affected by the environment or target of their movement.
Just out of interest: what is the shutter speed?
I'd have to check and report back later Cole. Can't remember off the top of my head as I did a lot of experimenting from 1/15th for the really abstract ones right through to about 1/100th.
Quote: I don't think the UK is ready yet for the totally abstract interpretations of flight
Steve Bloom seems to do well with this kind of images, though. Or maybe his customers are not from the UK, that's a possibility, of course. At least EPZ is probably not ready for this kind of thing.
Edit: I'm glad I decided that your image was so good it didn't need my personal award - it was bound to get one from Pete!
Yes Conrad, but I think having the name Steve Bloom helps to make them saleable
Plus his are colourful parrots/macaws or something exotic, not gulls
ps. I would have treasured a Conrad award, these ECs are ten a penny! Well actually they cost a lot more than that!
Just goes to show you need to know what you are after.
Not really the background was much darker than the bird, so it would have needed compensation anyway. I then toned it down a bit more in PS as I really wanted a monochrome effect.
Quote: I don't think the UK is ready yet for the totally abstract interpretations of flight
I'm ready and waiting, but no one's uploaded one good enough
This week's comment from Damien in AP is quite funny. He refers to something he's never seen before...blurred experimental landscapes. We've been doing them for years on ePHOTOzine.
You know what I meant!
I did see that article and found it quite amusing - a bit like that chap had invented moving the camera during exposure, but people have been doing it "deliberately" for years as well as accidentally
Cracking capture, but the feet and wings are blurred! LOL!
Cheques in the post BTW.
Quote: He refers to something he's never seen before...blurred experimental landscapes. We've been doing them for years on ePHOTOzine.
ahh we have that
Congrats on the EC, nice to see something different.
You gave me advice on how to sharpen and keep steady and then you do this...lol
Tried it and its not bad, but a gull how boring, couldn't you find a better bird Cheryl
Keep looking at this and yep I have come to like it a lot, it does appeal also notice in Bird Mags a lot of the Finnish guys are going for these shots as well now.
Not an easy shot to get just right but it's come together perfectly here.
An excellent shot and a very well deserved E.C.
I love Marmite too
Quote: Some people in the forums were looking for an image to critique, I would guess this is as good as any to practice on
Lovely shot. click
Quote: Lovely shot. click
I neither hate or love it Cheryl but am interested to see a gull in flight and from a technical point of view I reckon it's brilliant.
Congrats on POTW, I had forecast this one to a few people on Saturday, happy to see I was right too
Congatulations Very well deserved, I enjoy this type of pictorial shot.
Excellent POTW choice.
Quote: Congrats on POTW, I had forecast this one to a few people on Saturday, happy to see I was right too
Well you are the king of POTW so you should know
Thanks all. I go to Norway for sea eagles and the trip is "recognised" for a blurry gull I could have taken at Southend
Wow, Iove this. Absolutely fantastic, nice job.
Quote: Well you are the king of POTW so you should know
... nah, some other bloke from down South's got that mantle, but I'm working on it
Quote: I go to Norway for sea eagles and the trip is "recognised" for a blurry gull I could have taken at Southend
I was going to say that but thought it was too cruel....
Well Done Photo of the week.
Absolutely bloody brilliant!
Its hets my vote and award.
All the best!
A fantastic capture Cheryl, congratulations for POTW too.
well deserved photo of the week i olove this
A Beautiful image and capture of movement
Congratulations Cheryl on POTW.brilliant
normaly birds are not my kind of thing but this is great !!
Thanks everyone, not sure what to have on the canvas though - not sure I want to live with this one on my wall
Just a brilliant shot really. Congrats on the EC and POTW.
It's all been said Cheryl
I can't see what some of the griping's about up above - myself, I lurve it.
I join the "love it" group!
Stunning shot for me - Beautiful movement in appose to the sharpness of the head, good atmosphere with the dark settings. Great splash
Excellent - I presume the mods are as much POTW as the OP's submission?!
Quote: Excellent - I presume the mods are as much POTW as the OP's submission?!
Surely you mean the POTW was actually for Boyd's mod
Thanks all. Have a few more of these in the locker - but might save them for a while. Have one that is just the bird against a dark background that works quite nicely.
Congrats on the EC and POTW... now you see what happens when you use a bit of blur and art in your images
Simply superb. Fantastic. Ignore the doubters, this is brilliant.
Congrats on the EC and POTW
I ADORE ITXX
Very nice, and origional. Not seen an image like this before. Great work.
i love the slow shuter you used fot this shot
I think in a batch of 'artistic blurred' shots this stands out above many. Pure magic and a well deserved EC/POTW. Congratulations.
Art in flight, well done
fantastic! I watched the Country File 'Animals in Action' calendar selection on TV yesterday and this image blows everyone one of them clear out the water.
nice shot and detail and colour
I could have sworn I voted and commented on this when it was posted, oh well. Its one of my favorite wildlife shots as it has something quite different about it, the movement is just brilliant.
Thanks all, sorry just catching up with latest comments and mods.
Space was a bit hard to achieve unless I wanted to get out of the boat and stand in the cold water, well actually swim as it was a bit deep.
A pretty tough shot that is made to look easy. Cool snap!
your so talented, all your photos inspire me, never will i be as good as you, i love looking at your photos, another great photo, well done
seems to be lots of these magical POTW shot here....
This I would hang on my wall any day!
Wonderful shot. Full of action and beautifully framed. One to be really proud of.
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