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Hats off to the Great Skua
Hats off to the Great Skua
Gauti


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Ingólfshöfði, SE Iceland
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000s
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2005

This is maybe not my best shot last year, but very much my fav.
A wonderful snapshot I managed last summer. The Skuas attacked the local landowner (and our local guide for this area) and took his hat (or rather cap) off. Dropped it right away. I was almost too close to get this, since I had my 75-300 on and this was on the 75 end and just fit in.

Postproduction: Cloned out a hand from R (should have cropped first, hand probably disappeared in crop), Curves, Hue/sat, Contrast, Warming filter, Crop & Resize.

Statistics
Place: 67 out of 530
Avg (all users): 6.4419
Avg (commenters): 7.8438
Avg (participants): 6.3849
Avg (non-participants): 6.6136
Views since voting: 1949
Views during voting: 572
Votes: 353
Comments: 40
Favorites: 4 (view)


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04/23/2005 07:09:56 PM
hahaha
Didn't notice this one when voting. But it is great and strange to see also the other one of Einar!
Must add as a favirite since I have been on that spot with Sigurdur and on Mt Hvannadalshnukur with Einar.
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02/06/2005 11:38:50 AM
Love this shot! Funny and scary at the same time! (:
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02/01/2005 01:37:43 PM
See also from same spot on a different day, with a different guide - I was with father (Siggi), but Jóhann with son (Einar), but the same bird doing the same thing. Nasty thing, but photogenic :)
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02/01/2005 07:19:47 AM
Frábært móment, augnablik sem allir ljósmyndarar leita eftir að ná. Gott stöff.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2005 05:06:04 PM
They'd find better eating if they could track down some Green Bay Packers fans (a.k.a. "Cheeseheads"). Funny action shot.
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01/31/2005 02:41:58 PM
What a shot. A pic is really worth a thousand words!
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01/29/2005 08:14:00 PM
Too funny. Great capture.
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01/29/2005 08:05:33 PM
Goddam hikers ... you take his hat off and I'll cr*p on his head!
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01/28/2005 06:54:17 PM
Well captured, nice action shot.
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01/28/2005 12:13:45 AM
Extraordinary candid! I got a chuckle from this one
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01/27/2005 07:50:36 PM
Amusing capture, great timing! Bumping up one!
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01/26/2005 10:36:35 PM
I think this is a great photo and am very happy to vote it a 10. I do think that it could look just a bit better with a bit of USM. It looks like it has the normal bit of softening from resizing. Every think else about the photo is so good that this become a very minor point.
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01/26/2005 01:44:24 PM
Absolutely brilliant! Top marks for a perfectly timed capture. The second bird coming in for the 'kill' really nails this one.

Picking nits - the vertical posts in the background could have been cloned out to avoid distraction.
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01/26/2005 10:38:16 AM
One of the ultimate you had to be there shots. :) Not only is this a funny image, it's compositionally strong as well. You have an interesting sense of scale with the edge of the cliff and the wide expanse of ocean behind the subject. The image seems a bit sofrt, like the autofocus wasn't able to totally lock in. A bit of sharpening around just the second bird might help it pop out a bit more. 8
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01/25/2005 12:33:40 PM
Second "killer Skua" image...damn birds. Much prefer this one, both from a humourous perspective and composition. Good Luck.
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01/22/2005 11:34:14 PM
lol. I love this photo! I have to give it a 10. It's great finding the matching one to go along with it in the challenge too. Good luck!
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01/22/2005 08:55:15 PM
"WOW" what a shot, nice
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01/22/2005 07:24:16 AM
most excellent capture! you don't get opportunities like this everyday, and you sure made the most of this one. good luck!
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01/22/2005 01:40:42 AM
Not only is this an awsome shot considering the colors but the moment is fantastic and hilarious. 9
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01/21/2005 12:37:46 PM
Wow, what a capture. Kinda humorous too. I like his expession, but doesn't seem like a probable reaction to bird attacking you (and that's why I like it). You've got this moment of action in sharp focus. Exceptionally done.
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01/20/2005 09:06:10 PM
Superb composition and timing!
One of the best 10 in the challenge IMO.
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01/20/2005 02:28:41 PM
Awesome, what a great moment to catch!
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01/20/2005 12:20:07 PM
Great capture! The "stealing" of the cap "makes" the picture so much more interesting! Although, the scenery is already nice. Good focus on the man. I voted this a "10"
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01/20/2005 07:06:10 AM
Returning for comment
Great capture of the moment! The closer one on the right looks mad. Well done.
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01/20/2005 03:49:14 AM
That is just too funny! This is a really great capture with very good action. Nice job!
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01/19/2005 01:08:31 PM
this is just too funny! great capture.
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01/18/2005 09:41:40 PM
that is awsome nice timing
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01/18/2005 09:25:48 AM
hehe good candid capture. Quite unique. 8
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01/17/2005 06:37:18 PM
Holy Jaeger, must have been nesting. Graet shot.
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01/16/2005 11:36:52 PM
What a funny capture! Good timing and focus!
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01/16/2005 11:07:01 PM
lol! I'd love to know what happened next. It looks like the bird coming from behind is ready to pounce! Great, unbelievable shot!
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01/16/2005 11:50:04 AM
amusing & appealing
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01/16/2005 10:16:55 AM
wow !
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01/16/2005 08:26:57 AM
You`ve got perfect timing.
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01/16/2005 06:08:24 AM
Aren't "Johnny Rooks" (Falkland Islands) also Skua's? Funny to watch, less funny if you are part of that movie. There is this great documentary on Discovery or NGC where they wreck a whole campsite. :)
Nice catch.
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01/16/2005 05:57:55 AM
Excellent capture.
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01/16/2005 05:13:23 AM
How could the moment be better caught? Flawless image of its kind.
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01/16/2005 02:55:10 AM
hehehe, what a capture. Great timing. 7
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01/16/2005 12:23:48 AM
THIS is funny and i DO mean funnyyyyyyyy....
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01/16/2005 12:12:58 AM
That's hilarious! What a capture!
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