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Challenge: Double Take (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge entries
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire
Date: May 29, 2007
Aperture: f11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800th
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2007

You cannot believe how exited I was to see these puffins. Bempton Cliffs are a breeding ground for a number of sea birds - herring gulls, guillemots, gannets, razorbills, and puffins. There are a number of vantage points where you can view the cliffs, but few places where you can get close. There is one spot, a mile or two from the nearest road where the cliff has recently eroded. There is an overhang, and so I shimmied along on my stomach and lay at the edge for an hour or so just waiting - and it was certainly worth it! Photography was quite hard, as there was some grass in front of me that kept getting into the frame, and the on-shore wind was blowing quite strongly and buffeting the camera about.
Post processing - clone out partial bird, slight crop, maybe 10-15%, small levels adjustment and USM, border and resize.

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06/10/2007 11:59:07 AM
Pretty cool. I like how the one is looking right at the camera.
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06/09/2007 10:16:48 PM
Wonderful photo! I just love puffins, don't see enough of them (they are the provincial bird of Newfoundland, too).
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06/08/2007 06:56:16 PM
Excellent subjects. I kind of wish the puffin on the right side wasn't chewing on that strand of straw though. Was this at a zoo or?
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06/07/2007 10:01:23 AM
these birds are so cute! Remind me of the Maine coast. Nice capture! are they building a nest?
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