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Fratercula arctica - Arctic Puffin
1st PlaceFratercula arctica - Arctic Puffin
SaraR


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: National Geographic II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland
Date: Jun 29, 2011
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2011

Puffins are amazing little birds, and I had such a wonderful time visiting the Farne Islands. The birds are like bullets when they fly - this one was just taking off . The fish in it's beak are sand eels, which they feed to their young. Indeed this is all they feed their young, so a year when the sand eels do badly, so do the puffins. Another week or so, and the puffins will all have left, heading out to sea where they will stay for the next 8 or 9 months until the next breeding season starts.

I took a trip up to the Farnes earlier in the month, and as soon as the challenge was announced knew that I wanted to return, and exactly what photo I was going to try to get. As an aside, I had misread the challenge description as aiming to get a National Geographic cover photo, rather than one for inclusion in the magazine, so in picking my entry I disregarded any photo that only worked in landscape orientation. I still have to go through my photos properly, and once I have I'll post more to my portfolio.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 117
Avg (all users): 7.4748
Avg (commenters): 8.6364
Avg (participants): 7.5636
Avg (non-participants): 7.4167
Views since voting: 4536
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 139
Comments: 65
Favorites: 9 (view)


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01/03/2012 07:31:43 PM
its good though
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01/03/2012 07:31:18 PM
lol ugh lolz
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07/13/2011 01:34:40 PM
Very big congrats on this ribbon, Sara! It is a beautiful shot and a well deserved ribbon!!!
Hugs!
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07/13/2011 02:33:49 AM
Congrats, Farne islands are awesome, went a couple of years ago and would love to go back
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07/12/2011 03:04:09 PM
Big congrats, Sarah! This is really an outstanding Shot. Can be proud of it!
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07/11/2011 10:25:25 AM
A 7th & a 1st all in one week! Congrats!! Great images :)
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07/10/2011 08:52:48 PM
Stunning capture! Well done!
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07/10/2011 02:31:15 PM
Brilliant shot
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07/09/2011 12:19:27 PM
The Famous Five on Puffin Island first brought my attention to puffins, and I have wanted to see one in real life ever since. Fabulous shot Sara, well done indeed
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07/09/2011 09:51:55 AM
WTG Sara! Just realized you have a new personal best here. And what a great shot! Well done!
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07/09/2011 03:38:49 AM
Well earned, Sara. You've been poppin up puffins all over and now you got your little blue reward. I think maybe it sort of shows that you went back for another go because there's (essentially technical) quality in this that you might not have got on a first frenzy. Top hole !
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07/08/2011 10:09:52 PM
F A B U L O U S ! ! !
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07/08/2011 07:38:18 PM
WOW,what an outstanding capture...congrats on the blue!!!
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07/08/2011 02:55:10 PM
WOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!

`nuff said.
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07/08/2011 02:35:28 PM
Beautiful capture and processing.
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07/08/2011 02:31:58 PM
Wonderful shot Sara, congratulations on a well deserved Blue !

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07/08/2011 02:10:32 PM
Oh Sara this is so beautiful! What an amazing capture. You are so lucky to be able to see these in person. Congratulations on the blue!
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07/08/2011 01:28:13 PM
Very well done. Congrats on the blue
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07/08/2011 01:02:47 PM
Great shot!!!!!!! Congratulations:))
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07/08/2011 10:55:54 AM
Hey Sara - gratz on the Blue . .

How can anyone not love a Puffin ??
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07/08/2011 10:55:14 AM
Sara, this is amazing! What an amazing opportunity to see them in action like this!
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07/08/2011 10:01:42 AM
I just saw this...You go girl!!! Blue ribbon and all!!!
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07/08/2011 09:57:08 AM
I just saw this...You go girl!!! Blue ribbon and all!!!
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07/08/2011 09:40:11 AM
I can visualize this in a magazine cover! Great job. Well deserved ribbon! Congrats!
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07/08/2011 09:38:04 AM
absolutely spectacular shot!! It took my breath away when I saw it! I adore puffins, and I'm so jealous!
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07/08/2011 09:18:09 AM
Congrats Sara! Awesome image and a well deserved blue!
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07/08/2011 08:14:19 AM
Congratulations on the very well deserved blue and new PB, Sara!! Awesome shot!!
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07/08/2011 08:10:53 AM
Many congratulations on the blue! The Farne Islands are one of my favourite places to visit and I so love seeing the puffins, I tried seeing them at a few other places this year but nowhere else was anywhere near like as good as the Farnes. I shall be back there no doubt next year and will be ecstatic if I can get a pic anywhere near like as good as your lovely shot.
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07/08/2011 08:10:47 AM
Great job Sara.
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07/08/2011 08:03:45 AM
Superb. Well deserved blue.
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07/08/2011 07:54:26 AM
Awesome Sara! I was so happy to see this on the front page! Congrats on a great picture and well deserving ribbon.
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07/08/2011 07:38:28 AM
This is magnificent, Sara - awesome photo. Congratulations!
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07/08/2011 06:39:58 AM
Wow, winning an NG challenge...great work Sara! :-)
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07/08/2011 06:01:57 AM
congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon, this shot was perfect for this challenge and it's an amazing shot as well, I just love it!
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07/08/2011 05:47:18 AM
Excellent stuff,Congrats to you.
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07/08/2011 03:47:34 AM
mighty congrats Sarah (a double whammy!)
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07/08/2011 03:46:41 AM
Hearty congrats. Well deserved placement. Technically superb BiF shot. The hardest to do and your skill has been rewarded!
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07/08/2011 02:18:38 AM
Congratulations on the blue. Beautiful shot and thank you for including such informative notes - they almost constitute an article on the puffins.
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07/08/2011 02:13:00 AM
Awesome! Congratulations on the blue and the PB! Go Sara!
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07/08/2011 02:08:12 AM
This is simply amazing - huge congrats, Sara - very well deserved!
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07/08/2011 01:56:50 AM
I really liked this picture. Congratulation.
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07/08/2011 01:54:02 AM
Wow Sara ,sweetshop congrats on your blue
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07/08/2011 12:57:35 AM
Brilliant. Knew this would do well. Congrats.
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07/08/2011 12:35:04 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and new personal best, Sara! This was one of only two 10s from me, and I only just now noticed the fish in its mouth. :)
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07/08/2011 12:22:41 AM
Hey Congrats, I gave you a 10, I loved it.
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07/08/2011 12:18:49 AM
Talk about spot on focusing, congrats on the top spot.
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07/08/2011 12:11:30 AM
Unbelievable capture! So vivid, colorful, and sharp! Congrats on your blue!
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07/08/2011 12:09:35 AM
Wonderful image, Sara, and congratulations on the blue ribbon.
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07/08/2011 12:04:57 AM
Great job Sara. Congrats!
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07/08/2011 12:02:58 AM
Wonderful Sara, a very, very well deserved blue ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2011 02:05:34 PM
Great capture with crisp detail, light and color. 7
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07/06/2011 02:53:53 PM
One of the most amazing pictures I've seen! True national geo
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07/05/2011 08:51:12 PM
What IS that in his mouth?

I love the clarity... well done... still a glimpse of the environment.



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07/05/2011 03:04:48 PM
Excellent, should blue ribbon easy.10
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07/05/2011 06:20:21 AM
Just brilliant. This is outstanding. My first reaction was 'Wow'. Puffins were and still are one of my favourite birds from my first recollections of seeing them in NG sometime in the early 70's. This is 100% publishable by NG. It has all the right elements, from crisp clean focus on the bird, fabulous saturation, very high s/s to stop the action in the head and water droplets but not too high to allow some motion in the wing(s)(A 1000th? unless you have a VR/IS/OS lens). The BG is naturally OOF as you were shooting wider than f/8 possibly f/4 on a prime or thereabouts? There is absolutely no visible CA. And to top it off the little sucker has lunch in his beak. 10.
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07/03/2011 07:17:21 PM
It's a big portion of meal...nice moment.
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07/03/2011 11:05:19 AM
Fantastic photo.
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07/03/2011 08:04:52 AM
this is fantastic, good luck in the challenge
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07/03/2011 04:36:59 AM
Brilliant. 10
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07/02/2011 07:56:00 PM
How cool is this!!!! Love the lunch catch!!
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07/02/2011 12:33:38 PM
Just the job.
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07/02/2011 11:22:15 AM
One of the few photos in the challenge I could imagine in NatGeo. Very nice - 9
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07/02/2011 12:44:10 AM
Fabulous. Tack sharp. Love the droplets and the silver beak-ful.
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07/01/2011 04:38:43 PM
Gorgeous!!!!!!! I love puffins, they are Newfoundland's provincial bird. I've never been this close to one though. Jealous!!
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07/01/2011 04:26:39 PM
Great capture of him in mid-flight. Very Nat Geo. :) I might've even cropped out some of the lower part so we could see him even bigger. Love the focus and vivid colors.
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