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Big brother is watching....

Big brother is watching....
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Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-05-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha SLT A65V, Sony SAL 70-400mm GII /4.0-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-07-14 9:03
Viewed: 1693
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gannets are terrific flyers - without any wing movement they sail over and past you very fast.
They are quite curious too and like to stare at you when passing by.

by Mary Oliver

I am watching the white gannets
blaze down into the water
with the power of blunt spears
and a stunning accuracy–
even though the sea is riled and boiling
and gray with fog
and the fish
are nowhere to be seen,
they fall, they explode into the water
like white gloves,
then they vanish,
then they climb out again,
from the cliff of the wave,
like white flowers–
and still I think
that nothing in this world moves
but as a positive power–
even the fish, finning down into the current
or collapsing
in the red purse of the beak,
are only interrupted from their own pursuit
of whatever it is
that fills their bellies–
and I say:
life is real,
and pain is real,
but death is an imposter,
and if I could be what once I was,
like the wolf or the bear
standing on the cold shore,
I would still see it–
how the fish simply escape, this time,
or how they slide down into a black fire
for a moment,
then rise from the water inseparable
from the gannets’ wings.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-07-14 10:00]

Hello Pierre,
Nice close-up in fine sharpness and natural colors. Attractive eye contact.

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  • PhilC Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
  • [2016-07-14 10:26]

Hi Pierre, lovely shot and I like the framing and focus. Shame about the typical UK washed out sky, perhaps a tweak to that would make the shot more impactful, best - Phil.

Hello Pierre,
Thanks for beautiful NOTE.
In my personal test, I like to see full wing when a bird is flying. But it seems you wanted to show its facial texture closely. Details are good and well exposure; mainly shadow areas are well visible.
Thanks for sharing,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-07-14 14:58]

Salut Pierre,les details sur le visage sont incroyables,quelle capture en vol,vraiment difficile et vraiment bien realisee',super! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-07-14 15:49]

Hola Pierre...me gusta esta toma con una composición poco comun donde deja ver los bellos detalles de esta especie en vuelo, gran nitidez y enfoque...saludos.

Hello Pierre,
Nice image. Amazing sharpness and excellent clarity. Outstanding natural colors. The light and details are great. I like the exceptional clarity of the head.
Thanks for sharing!

hallo Pierre great sharpness and nice composition
very nice to see
thanks gr lou

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