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Seagull, Laguna Beach Tide Pools
Seagull, Laguna Beach Tide Pools
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Challenge: Portrait Of A Wild Bird (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Laguna Beach
Date: Dec 27, 2009
Aperture: f/5.6
Galleries: Black and White, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2009

Taken on the rocks of the tide pools at Laguna. Took some patience to wait for a gull to land near by, wanted a nice BW portrait. Love this image.

[Dec. 31st, 2009 01:04:40 PM]

Thanks for all the comments thus far!

This was taken at Laguna Beach, out on the rocks that make up the tide pools. This is not a heavy crop, very little crop in fact. I went with the intent of creating a moody BW portrait of a seagul. This was taken at sunset, underexposed by 2/3 stop to darken the background against the birds head which is more apparent after BW conversion. Benefit of shooting in BW with settings somewhat similar to my usual conversion.


Statistics
Place: 30 out of 138
Avg (all users): 6.4010
Avg (commenters): 7.7647
Avg (participants): 6.3768
Avg (non-participants): 6.4141
Views since voting: 1070
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 197
Comments: 23
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01/04/2010 08:00:01 AM
You were one of my 10s - a very elegant portrait.
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01/04/2010 03:09:12 AM
Lovely portrait indeed - and it is the light that makes it, of course. I'll add that I'm with Timothy, though - where do the birds get the money for these portraits? :-)
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01/04/2010 02:53:05 AM
Aha, a professional portrait. (Where these wild birds get the money....)
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01/04/2010 12:42:34 AM
best bird portrait in the challenge...
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01/04/2010 12:22:08 AM
Beautiful capture. I am surprised that this did not finalize even higher. I really like the BW conversion. Nicely captured and processed brilliantly, IMO.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2010 11:35:17 PM
Nice portrait. Looks good in black and white.
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01/03/2010 10:28:30 PM
good shot...makes me think of the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
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01/02/2010 11:15:28 AM
Good portrait!
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01/01/2010 08:31:18 AM
Terrific portrait!!
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12/31/2009 12:55:19 PM
this is verry nice but it looks like a heavy crop and the light is just a touch light on the head in my opinion 7
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12/30/2009 06:41:53 PM
I love how you went all out for the formal portrait look. Well done.
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12/30/2009 04:36:57 PM
Nicely done.
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12/30/2009 02:25:08 PM
Nice shot, this one looks alright in b&w, 7.
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12/30/2009 12:27:16 AM
great shot- top 5
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12/29/2009 08:40:55 PM
Almost perfect!
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12/29/2009 07:57:12 PM
Very well done.
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12/29/2009 02:15:01 PM
Lovely portrait. Pretty light and detail and a straight-on pose which looks quite classic. Like the B&W for this, too.
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12/29/2009 12:51:43 PM
Interesting choice of managing the effect of the harsh lighting on the white feathers.
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12/29/2009 08:45:40 AM
Terrific portrait. I like the tonal range.
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12/28/2009 10:45:11 PM
Well, I think this nails the classic portrait look. In any case, I like the bright of the eye, and the feather texture. I would have liked a wider DOF and while I think the vignetting works here, I think it also removes the ability to objectively judge the setting. (wild or not).. Still, very nice.

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12/28/2009 03:08:31 PM
Great rendition. Excellent work.
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12/28/2009 01:04:40 PM
nice choice to go B&W.
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12/28/2009 03:02:51 AM
This is great! One of my top favorites. Love the tones.
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