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Photographer Andre Denis  Andre Denis {Karma:66407}
Project #56 Wildlife and Insects Camera Model Nikon D200
Categories Wildlife
Nature
Film Format Digital JPEG High
Portfolio Close To Home
Birds
Wildlife
Lens Nikkor AF-S DX VR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Uploaded 1/9/2009 Film / Memory Type Lexar Pro CF 2GB 133X
    ISO / Film Speed 200
Views 755 Shutter 1/1000
Favorites Aperture f/5.6
Critiques 27 Rating
6.40
/ 5 Ratings
Location City -  Toronto
State -  ONTARIO
Country - Canada   Canada
About A Ring-Billed Gull does a fly by over some almost frozen lake water.

Thanks to Marcus and Yamil for showing us what decent "Bird In Flight" images are supposed to look like and for inspiring me to keep trying to get a few good shots.

200mm focal length, pattern metering and shutter priority modes.
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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 2/5/2009
I could only second you on that Andre! A kind of "journal" of the own work is always good. Both in the sense of personal diary as also in the more technical sense. It really helps.

As about the subject, well it is the same with me too. I try to have my lengthy studies as thorough as I can, but this doesn't mean that I wouldn't shoot a bridge just because it doesn't belong to some given current study. It is many times like learning the new but also repeating the already "known" and finding something more about it - perhaps also in combination to the new.

Anyway, I sit back and watch your next steps with interest. Whatever it will be, it will be good.

Cheers!

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 2/4/2009
Thanks again Nick,
I can honestly say, I don't know what comes next either. It probably makes sense to stick to some kind of similar subject matter for a while to attempt to get some competency in that field. On the other hand, I can't resist all the variety that presents itself out there.
I think the trick is to document how images were taken, in order to reproduce our successful images.
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 2/1/2009
Indeed you have all reason to be pleased with it, Andre! I also find it better and better each time I visit the webpage.

So it was a great investment to get your new camera. I see great street images, great wildlives. What comes up next?

Anyway, have even more fun with it and spot on!

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/31/2009
Thanks Nick,
I am very pleased with this shot. I consider it to be one of the best "wildlifes" I have taken since I got my new camera last year.
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 1/26/2009
Such a good capture of the bird oin its flight, Andre! The timing was right on spot. Even if the gull wouldn't be lookong back to you the image would have benn very good, but that staring back gave it the right boost for being more than "good". And the shasp details make that look so clearly visible that one almost thinks to be watched very carefully by the bird.

I find the shining white of it also great but not only for the color. It is that the subtle shadows generate the plasticity of the very aerodynamically shaped body. So, this is really something meant to fly - this is what the look suggests to me. The good details on the tips of the wings make it then even better.

The great separation from the background allows the contours to be so well defined - and not to speak about the softening of the background under those blue colors. It is a gull right in its own habitat.

Fantastic work!

Nick

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Marcus Armani Marcus Armani   {K:36599} 1/15/2009
Rina dont be so hard on yourself, I would never call you a attention H@! LOL, or did you mean me?
I actually think the attention Wh@res are members of DPeeChallenge!
"My photo is better, so many DNMC, my score is this right now whats yours" LOL..
I have never seen such a blatant display of insecure wannabe photogs in my life, Oh but I didnt mean you though

Sorry Andre, these Kiwi's need to be kept in check. Thre mouths write checks bill gates could not cash.........

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/14/2009
Thanks Mojgan,
The good thing about these birds is I can practice on them any day of the week. :)
So, I'm bound to get some good shots.
Thanks again.
Andre

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Mojgan Bahasadri Mojgan Bahasadri   {K:16243} 1/14/2009
Excellent pose and most of all, excellent focus on a surely difficult shot Andre !!
best to you,
Mojgan

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/14/2009
That's okay Rina,
It's all good exposure for my little Seagull. :)
Andre

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Caterina  Berimballi Caterina  Berimballi   {K:27299} 1/14/2009
[rolls eyes] Oh no... not that Marcus again...

*apologies for the little hijack Andre! Some people are just attention wh@res :P

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/14/2009
Thanks Marcus,
The best thing about these guys for me is that there are so many of them and they don't mind coming a bit close. That makes them great to practice on.
BTW, As of a few minutes ago, I have 3000 more to catch up to Yamil. :)
Maybe I'll get up real early tomorrow. Or maybe not, It's going to be -20C here tomorrow morning.
Andre

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Marcus Armani Marcus Armani   {K:36599} 1/14/2009
Shutup Rina LOL... Damn Kiwi's, Happy New Year by the way, thanks for the email, or txt message, or PM, oh wait i got nothing :PPP

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Marcus Armani Marcus Armani   {K:36599} 1/14/2009
Very nice Andre! Ring Billed gulls are amoung my favorites, and always show such dexterity, such as this pose. The only thing i can see you would have to do to equal yamil is post 2999 more of thes shots :)

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/13/2009
Yeah! You're right... we give those guys too much credit :) :)
Seriously though, we can't help to pick up a few tips here and there. Even if we just view other people's work, some things are bound to rub off.
I was really pleased with this one!
One out of a hundred ain't bad. :)
Andre

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Caterina  Berimballi Caterina  Berimballi   {K:27299} 1/13/2009
Blah, it's always "Marcus this" and "Marcus that" :P

You did an outstanding job at capturing this Andre. Sharp as a tack with superb light all round, and you nailed the dof!

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/9/2009
Hi Sam!
I'm glad you like it!
Thanks for commenting and visiting!
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/9/2009
Thanks Ray,
One of the things I picked up from Marcus is how important the eye contact is in a "bird in flight" image. Of course, you don't really know if you have it until later on. It sure makes a difference when you get that detailed eye in focus and looking right in the lens.
Thanks again.
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/9/2009
Thanks Dave,
Yeah. Sometimes the tendency is to look at the equipment they are using and say,, Well, no wonder the images are so good. But, there is a lot more to it than that, as you know.
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/9/2009
Hi Bill,
Thanks for the nice comment. I could have easily added you and a couple of others to my about explanation. We have also had a few discussions that helped me improve my wildlife images. You probably noticed the high shutter speed on this one. That was one of your suggestions a while back. Now, I make a point of it where ever possible. The sharpness improves immensly.
Thanks again.
Andre

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bill smith bill smith   {K:5416} 1/9/2009
You've learned your lessons well Andre, Wonderful detail and good light. I love the background too!!
Bill

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Dave Stacey Dave Stacey   {K:150877} 1/9/2009
Nicely done and you got him against a great background, Andre! I agree with you on Yamil and Marcus' talents, too!
Dave.

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stingRay pt.4 . stingRay pt.4 .   {K:250254} 1/9/2009
Wonderful detailing captured here my dear Andre and hats off to those who inspired you for this looks great to me. I have tried shots like this myself but I haven't yet perfected the technique. Love the toning in the water interspaced by the ice and that beautiful yellow beak. I love too the beady eye that somehow manages to see all including your antics with 'a black box thingy that I can't eat' Well done to you my friend, great stuff. My very best wishes to you as always.....Ray

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Sam Kh Sam Kh   {K:19017} 1/9/2009
fascinating shot with fine color
nice going Ander

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/9/2009
Thanks a lot Tom!
I'm glad you like it.
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 1/9/2009
Thanks Steve,
I know they are very common birds, but they are perfect for practicing action bird in flight images.
Andre

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Tom Nguyen Tom Nguyen   {K:1924} 1/9/2009
Good focus! Great shot!

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Steve Aronoff Steve Aronoff   {K:18393} 1/9/2009
Great capture and clarity, Andre. The blurry background adds nicely to the dramatic impact.

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