E.J.Wilkins

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Fishing Gull #1

A gull looking for fish.

I watched this bird for quite some time. It was on its' own, which was unusual. I watched it flying just above the waves, then dipping into the rough sea to catch what I presumed were small fish. It would then settle on the waves for a few moments and take off again to catch something else to eat.

This picture shows it a little way from the shore, there's another one of the same bird for tomorrow.

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A week or so of bird images.
The first time I've had a 'theme' but I've quite a few pictures I'd like to share and see what you think, and what might be done to improve them 'for next time'.

This picture was taken with a Dimage Z5.

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Fishing Gull #1

A gull looking for fish.

I watched this bird for quite some time. It was on its' own, which was unusual. I watched it flying just above the waves, then dipping into the rough sea to catch what I presumed were small fish. It would then settle on the waves for a few moments and take off again to catch something else to eat.

This picture shows it a little way from the shore, there's another one of the same bird for tomorrow.

..........

A week or so of bird images.
The first time I've had a 'theme' but I've quite a few pictures I'd like to share and see what you think, and what might be done to improve them 'for next time'.

This picture was taken with a Dimage Z5.

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I'm sorry about the anti-spam code. I edited my profile and the code turned itself on, I can't find any way of turning it off.
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please visit my vfxy
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comments (25)

  • Ray
  • Thailand.
  • 12 Mar 2007, 00:08
Nice! Getting good images of birds in flight is not easy, but you seem to have the knack, Ellie.
If you said this was a photo of a painting, then I would have believed you...excellent effect.
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray. The sea was most peculiar that day, it was incredibly rough and had a very strange texture.
  • Raymond
  • Australia by way of New Zealand
  • 12 Mar 2007, 00:27
Hello Ellie, yes this is the "money shot"! Now, that gull is down to some serious business, he doesn't need to go shopping like my gulls in down-town eh? wink

You are building up a good theme, it would be great to see some gulls perched on an old dinghy with an old fisherman aye? That would be a great scene, good stuff Ellie! Keep it up!

- Raymond
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray. I've got some gulls sitting on a boat, minus the Old Salt though. I'll dig it out, maybe I'll end up with another week of birds after this one, I hadn't planned it that way though.
Crikey, Ellie, that is superb- sell it to the RSPB! You do seem to have a happy knack with the bird shots, and they are notoriously difficult so good on you, lass!!
EJWilkins: You reckon so David? Goodness me. OK, but you'll have to be my agent. wink I'm good at taking rubbish bird pictures too ...
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Mar 2007, 01:20
Anyone looking at this will swear this is a watercolor painting, Ellie, or that you used the watercolor filter in PS. But I know you didn't. KUDOS to you for a brilliant shot! It's going into my Likeys.
EJWilkins: A painting? I didn't know there was such a filter, and wouldn't know where to find it .. although I did tweak the contrast a teeny bit. I Hope you like tomorrow's offering as much, thanks Ginnie smile
  • Urv
  • 12 Mar 2007, 03:45
I noticed the ISO was 50, and the shutterspeed was very fast- how bright was the day? And did you use photoshop to brighten the image? It seems a bit grainy given the ISO.
EJWilkins: Hi Urv. smile There's something about the way the Z5 chooses its settings, I learned some time ago not to meddle with the ISO but it will happily take reasonable pictures with a high shutter speed. It was not a very bright day, the sea was 'wild'. The picture has been quite heavily cropped which might account for any graininess you can see, a bit of contrast, no other editing other than S/C sharpening.
  • Sparklite
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 12 Mar 2007, 03:47
Oh it's wonderful and you caught it right in the upswing.

As for the code, no worries. it's better to have it anyway -- i started getting spammed for a while and didn't realize it since it was in old posts. It's so annoying! So it's better to be safe than sorry anyway smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Ian.
Oh, by the way, you need to brush off the details of your 'Rule of Three' for Thursday wink
I find the anti-spam thing intensely irritating sometimes, especially when it take 5 or 6 goes to enter a comment, which is why I'd turned mine off. I've never yet been spammed, but I suppose there's always a first time.
very very nice Ellie ! you caught it at the right moment !! I love the colors of the sea there ! good work
Nicely done, Ellie..great treatment too!
Congratulations Ellie
I like too to take pictures from tje birds, i think i have someone i don't know, but i look for the birds week.
  • xavi
  • barcelona
  • 12 Mar 2007, 08:51
wuahuhh incredible, a special moment!
Seems like you've won the 'oscars' for this picture .. A magnificent picture
  • Louis
  • 12 Mar 2007, 10:30
Excellent gull shot. Also high scores in the composition department.

Like I said in my reply - THEY decided we have to suffer a bit more with the anti-spams. Instead of correcting the tendency to forget what code was requested. By the time I type in the 5th attempt I am very sure that my typing is correct. There is no way of turning it off.
Yet another super bird shot. Wildlife photography is definitely your genre! This is a great composition, caught just at the right moment against that wonderful backdrop of the sea. Love it!
Sorry for repeating some of the others, but this looks just like a good painting. I really like the colours and texture of the water in the top of the pic smile
  • Mia
  • 12 Mar 2007, 17:11
Lovely capture Ellie, sea gulls are tough to capture, but you've captured it very well, managing good composition and colours.

ps. Spam kills, eh? sad
  • mal
  • 12 Mar 2007, 17:13
I can't switch mine off either El! Really lovely image, great capture. mal
  • Julischka
  • Germany, near Frankfurt am Main
  • 12 Mar 2007, 17:40
Well captured. I can see how the bird focuses the water. I like it.
ike the bluish tone...great motion shot...
  • Dotun
  • 12 Mar 2007, 20:04
Well framed, nice PP too
Splendid : as Zeb can say : standing applauses Ellie !!!
  • Ron S
  • Worcester UK
  • 12 Mar 2007, 21:05
Good shot Ellie. I love the abstract patterns made by the water and the clarity with which you have captured the gull. What a shame there wasn't a splash of sunlight just to lift it. Great effort!
  • Martin
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • 12 Mar 2007, 21:10
This is wonderful, Ellie! It has a sad atmosphere, maybe because of all the gray tones. It is not easy to take fresh pictures of seagulls, but this is one.
Very nice Ellie and very surrealistic.. You have captured the bird wonderfully in all its beauty and majesty..well done
It's almost monochrome except for the bird's beak. It's a very interesting shot.
wow, very good too. Is very difficult take this photo

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