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bsbossman 12 2
22 Nov 2006 7:14PM

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JoolsM 12 England
22 Nov 2006 7:14PM
Nice classic shot of a puffin.
Graysta 13 1.1k England
22 Nov 2006 7:14PM
What a great shot.probably one of the best Puffin shots ive seen. - graham
msnapz 11 74
22 Nov 2006 7:15PM
Just perfect, Love it
BertC 11 29 Malta
22 Nov 2006 7:19PM
Amasing !! Superb lighting and crispness.
I like ...
jamil 12 4 Scotland
22 Nov 2006 7:20PM
Awsome shot you cant get better then this.
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 7:20PM
on my wall, thats where this belongs, be proud Ron, i would, its awesome
sawdust 12 72
22 Nov 2006 7:21PM
A clasic shot well taken
culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 7:22PM
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.

NikkiW 11 33 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 7:23PM
what else can be said?
neonknight 13 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 7:35PM
Click fantastic Puffin portrait nice one,John
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
22 Nov 2006 7:35PM
dinner is served?

Carl40 12 18 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 7:40PM
Superb image with good detail and colour.


This shot is nothing short of amazing-thanks for sharing!
TerryBaxter 12 11
22 Nov 2006 8:03PM
Splendid colours, dof and presentation.

ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 8:04PM
Where's the HC or even EC for this Ron?? It's a wonderful're shot not the sand eels!!
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 8:52PM
wow what a close up Ron
pcjackso Junior Member 13 7
22 Nov 2006 9:09PM
A good closeup shot Ron
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
22 Nov 2006 9:19PM
Awesome photography.
Andy1979 11 754 2 England
22 Nov 2006 9:23PM
one great shot need i say more!
scragend 14 3 Scotland
22 Nov 2006 9:38PM
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.
hsreid 13 20 Scotland
22 Nov 2006 10:09PM
Superb composition
ron thomas Plus
14 11 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2006 10:35PM
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!

culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 12:31AM
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


PS - That location isn't far from my house and I know I am lucky to live so close !!
23 Nov 2006 1:09AM
Now that is a
urban-hero 14 23 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 3:25AM

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
23 Nov 2006 6:09AM
Fantastic image/do you think he can get anymore eels in there.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
23 Nov 2006 7:01AM
Great portrait Ron,fabulous eye contact & detail.
The OOf eels do not detract for me as I am drawn straight to the eyes.
Pricey Plus
12 169 2 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 9:15AM
Wonderful capture.
ron thomas Plus
14 11 1 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 10:54AM
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,

AlanBW 12 20 England
23 Nov 2006 11:09AM
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!
Bridie 12 6
23 Nov 2006 11:23AM
Stunning shot very well taken
25 Nov 2006 1:04PM
Aww ron this is beautiful Smile


some lovely compos's
john short 14 25 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 11:14PM
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
29 Jan 2007 10:02PM
what a both ways...superB
Hawkgenes 13 10 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 4:06PM
Just superb.

rmr 11 1 Wales
2 Nov 2007 10:26PM
wow a super image
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
17 Jan 2008 10:44PM
Professional shot in all respects, may I say your portfolio is stunning, will be back soon to have another look.
28 Jun 2008 11:45PM
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.
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2008 5:39PM
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.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
26 Sep 2008 5:41PM
Amazing shot!
Great details you caught here.
10 Dec 2008 2:07PM
Great potrait shot, love it!!!!
fvg 9 Argentina
14 Jan 2009 4:26PM
very impressive portrait !
24 Jan 2009 6:57PM
wow awesome shot
27 Feb 2010 7:15PM
this shot is really awsome!
26 Apr 2010 12:08PM
Great shot! It's so captivating

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