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Challenge: Flight (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Toronto
Date: Sep 28, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 800
Galleries: Animals, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2003

Taken in desperation late today (Sunday). I was shooting some gulls at the harbourfront with only minimal success. I was about to leave when I noticed the sun was going to appear in a small gap between some clouds and the horizon. I decided to wait, and after chasing a bunch of seagulls through an empty carpark to get them to fly in to the sunlight, this was one of three shots thatI got. I hope the people in the apartments across the road got a good laugh.
It is about 3/4 frame, so there is some cropping but not too much. I love the warm sunlight on the underbelly and up the wing.
I have increased the saturation a bit, but this is very close to the colours as they appeared. I ran this through neat image and sharpened... and there you have it.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 118
Avg (all users): 7.3057
Avg (commenters): 8.0357
Avg (participants): 7.0263
Avg (non-participants): 7.5679
Views since voting: 3073
Votes: 157
Comments: 39
Favorites: 4 (view)


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10/07/2003 06:40:56 PM
I love the story behind this shot! LOL..
Makes the ribbon even more special.
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10/07/2003 06:38:48 PM
Alright Todd! Beautiful shot! The colors on the bird are outstanding. Congrats!!!
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10/06/2003 04:35:59 PM
well done m8 - a much deserved ribbon
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10/06/2003 11:30:10 AM
Nice photo Todd, Congrats on the win!
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10/06/2003 11:06:35 AM
Thanks everyone for the comments.
I think both luck and a little patience were on my side for this shot.
10/06/2003 07:39:43 AM
Wow. Your gull's score sure kicked the crap out of mine. Deserved, tho, as you had very nice light. Congrats 8-)
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10/06/2003 07:35:19 AM
Good on ya Todd! Great job !
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10/06/2003 02:52:41 AM
Way to go Todd, congrats on your second ribbon.
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10/06/2003 01:35:14 AM
congrats! This is a terrific photo. I love the color and lighting.
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10/06/2003 12:10:15 AM
Wonderful image. Congrats on your ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/05/2003 11:38:45 PM
Awesome how you capture the speed-- great pan, and the light is superior
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10/05/2003 03:51:53 PM
On of my top 3! Probably the best bird shot I've ever seen! Wouldn't change a thing! 9
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10/05/2003 02:35:28 PM
really good photo 9/10 .. good luck
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10/04/2003 08:15:35 PM
Top gull shot. Nice DOF (lost the busy background) but although the sunlight is nice it lacks context, so I wonder if this may be better in mono?
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10/04/2003 02:27:56 AM
Wow.. This is an amazing shot.! I will give a 10 to this.
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10/03/2003 11:40:05 PM
Oh yeah!!
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10/02/2003 05:18:43 PM
Nice tight, sharp photo. Interesting lighting and color.
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10/02/2003 09:37:29 AM
Good timing, focus and light! nice crop also! - 9
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10/02/2003 07:55:11 AM
Lovely lighting on the bird's underside. Nice focus. Good blurred background. I think this one will do well. I think I'd crop a bit less tightly to emphasise the space around the bird and that it is in flight. Nice shot.
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10/01/2003 09:27:44 PM
Beautiful sunset capture. The lighting makes this image stand above the rest. 10 -danny
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10/01/2003 06:23:25 PM
Love the color of this shot. Very good focus on the seagull's face, the rest is nice, but the face comes through exceptionally well. Nice framing, but a bit more space to the right wouldn't have hurt either (closer to that infamous 1/3 rule). 10 Rob the Swash
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09/30/2003 11:19:54 PM
So far the best of the seagull pics... great job, I love the colors. Your eye just zeros in on the bird because of the background and great contrast with the bird. You can tell it's a great pic without much post processing because the detail is still there. 8.
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09/30/2003 01:02:15 PM
Nice lighting but the focus looks a little off.
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09/30/2003 11:30:18 AM
You did a great job with this! The soft warm light is very nice. Good work!
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09/30/2003 08:55:49 AM
A little too much noise reduction, lost a lot of the details. Admire it because you panned. The colors are interesting. 8
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09/30/2003 03:02:22 AM
Now just how did you manage to get the under wing of that seagull in such an amazing color? It is what really makes this photo. A near perfect capture - 9.
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09/29/2003 11:25:51 PM
I like the capture of this shot but I really don't care for the coloring, bird looks strange half one color and half black and white, doesn't seem natural to me.
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09/29/2003 04:48:03 PM
nice soaring photo..smooth 'feel' to it...good color
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09/29/2003 03:01:00 PM
Nice sunset/rise reddish reflective color. Great focus. Nice shot
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09/29/2003 02:51:40 PM
Great capture, i love the light and the dof. well done
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09/29/2003 01:48:31 PM
what's with the colors? is that natural? or a photoshop desaturation?
09/29/2003 01:09:38 PM
excellent image. I take gull shots myself but have never been lucky enough to catch underlighting like this - good luck with the challenge - 9
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09/29/2003 01:03:01 PM
Great DOF and great lighting on his underbelly, like that you captured his face.
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09/29/2003 12:37:15 PM
Lovely shot..I'm wondering if the orange is this gull's natural color or the sunlight? It's great either way. The bird could of been more in focus making the details [feathers] sharper. I think you did very well and your sure 100% on the challenge.
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09/29/2003 11:35:49 AM
SHarp, nice light. A very good shot, and I don't even like birds..
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09/29/2003 11:07:59 AM
Ok, this blows away my seagull shot! Nice and close and the positioning of the subject within the frame is great. Love the light and the shallow DOF that blurs out the water. Terrific job!
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09/29/2003 08:48:10 AM
Very interesting light!
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09/29/2003 08:37:49 AM
Great shot, gorgeous light. Not sure about your crop though. You can see artifacting around the bird as a result of over-sharpening. 7
Edit: I'm always baffled as to why I feel that some people mark out my comments as not being helpful.

Message edited by author 2003-10-06 11:21:58.
09/29/2003 06:27:27 AM
Great lighting here, love the orange glow on the left side, contrasting to the gray overall feeling. 9
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