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Seagulls in Flight
Seagulls in Flight
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A95
Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
Date: Sep 13, 2006
Aperture: F/5
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/400th
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 23, 2006

My last picture of Cannon Beach before I returned to college in Eugene. I had a hay-day chasing these birds around the beach and snapping shots of them in flight.

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Views during voting: 266
Votes: 187
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11/29/2006 04:55:46 AM
heck yeah!
10/14/2006 05:17:42 PM
Hola from el-critique-o clubbo.

hmm. what do we have here??? and intersting scene, a beautiful location, a story, action. why didn't it work??

shapes and lines, man. well, and thirds too.

There's a static feeling in the composition because of the strict use of striped thirds here. Having all of the birds in the center of the rectangle, in a sub-rectangular form gives the connotation of the flight being boxed in. I kind of get this sense that they want to fly off into the sunset, but they can't. I think that subliminal shape sets this feeling into action.

More shapes. The triangle is always a strong compositional form, but it's prominence is hidden by the flight of the birds, and lessened by the birds intersecting the sides of the shape. The placement of the triangle as a powerful object (and rock, more power) also adds to the permanence of the center of the composition.

The foreground was mostly unnecessary, I think. Removing it and cropping the ground (I disagree with Jeremy) allows for the mind to be drawn into the skies and think more freely, and of the freedom of flight. This also removes the distracting (I think) detail in the sand, which further cements the birds flight to the ground. Zooming in further to exclude the ridge line on the left would help even further, leave the only ground elements with less visual weight, and the triangles of the rocks pointing into the open skies.

If-only ending thought: wouldn't it have been great to have the sun setting/rising just between the two rocks, and have all the birds silhouetted?

-Steve
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10/04/2006 06:23:13 PM
Crop the top portion out of the sky and you might have a ribbon. I love it, especially what seems to be like foot prints leading to the gulls.
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10/02/2006 04:24:42 AM
quite stunning, love the mist in the bg
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10/01/2006 05:15:49 PM
love these types of shots...you could probably stand to crop off a bit of the sky though
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10/01/2006 04:07:27 PM
lovely!
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10/01/2006 07:48:58 AM
Cool shot here...
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10/01/2006 07:08:04 AM
I like the gulls, good group shot. Not sure about the odd pyramid shaped darkness in the background.
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10/01/2006 12:43:45 AM
Beautiful. Love the movement. Great exposure. 8
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