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Collection: Maine 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Date: May 26, 2008
Galleries: Black and White, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 18, 2008

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I was taking shots of the cliff face about several hundred feet away from the opposite cliff where I was standing, and saw these gulls, couldn't make them out really, but they appeared to be mating. It wasn't until I got the shots home and had a look that I realized, for picture after picture, over the course of several minutes, the one gull was simply standing on the back of the other gull. Pointed in the wrong direction, if mating was the intent. Well, maybe it is still mating, but I can't imagine it's particularly effective. Stepped-on gull was remarkably unconcerned, I must say. :)

I intended the title, "misdirection", to have two meanings - partly as a nod to the confused gull but also to the strongly shadowed rock face that features as the main part of the composition. I wanted to leave room for interpretation as to what the "true" subject was.

Comments posted during The Best of 2008 Posthumous Open Challenge

Originally posted by NikonJeb:

What a great captre! Kinky? Stupid? This poor gull on the bottom cannot be pleased! LOL!!!

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

It's all about DOMINANCE, baby! Very good double-take shot.

Originally posted by BAMartin:

The textures in the rocks is a fitting backdrop to what looks to be a fight of nature. Nice processing as well.

Originally posted by Les_Feck:

I am trying to like this image. While there is something here, perhaps the contrast of the rough texture of the rocks against the smooth surface of the feathers, that I find appealing, the overall image is disconcerting. Something appears out of sync.

I may need to revisit this one.

Originally posted by digifotojo:

Too much grainy rock formation in this. The gulls are the only point of interest but with one landing on top of the other, it tends to lend a bizarre twist to the overall image. However, I would have focused more on the gulls and less on the rocks.

Originally posted by posthumous:

This is one of those "I don't know why I love it" photos. So there ya go. It certainly has a strong composition. It has kinky seagulls. It has high contrast. Who could ask for anything more?

Originally posted by posthumous:

Originally posted by Les_Feck:

the overall image is disconcerting. Something appears out of sync.

oh! THAT's why I love it!

Originally posted by chromeydome:

I like it, I get it, and I enjoyed seeing it. The harshness of the contrast causes me not to linger with it, for some reason, though.

Originally posted by ubique:

Doesn't 'pop' so it can't be too bad.
It does have a strange allure, probably because of the use of the massive great rocks to support such a ludicrously slapstick moment. Like seeing Hamlet stroll onto the lofty battlements at Elsinore and smack Horatio with a dead fish.

Originally posted by bobonacus:

This makes me chuckle

Originally posted by undieyatch:

graphic, gritty, contrasty, repeating avian shaped rocks in various directions.
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Originally posted by Kali:

It's not enuf he conquered the mountain so he put his woman in her place, typical male. Pfft.

I normally hate photo's of seagulls but this one I love :)

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02/08/2009 09:34:26 AM
Originally posted by krnodil:

... maybe it is still mating, but I can't imagine it's particularly effective.

Well, as a matter of fact .... no, never mind.

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