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    Here's one from La Jolla last week while I was visiting my father-in-law in nearby Riverside County.

    A tiny touch more head turn would be nice, but I think that's relatively minor against color, clarity, etc.

    I'd never had a chance to get this species in-flight prior to this. We don't have them in the Bay Area.

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    Love the dorsal flight frames like this. Nice framing and really digging that blue water background. I think the head angle is fine.

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    I see what you mean about the head angle but it's not so bad. You still get a 9.8 rather than a 10 though . Awesome details, I especially enjoy the feathers on the near wing. Sharp throughout, and great colours.

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    A really gorgeous frame.
    Tack sharp with great details. Exposure spot on and I love that beautiful Pacific Ocean blue.
    Love the fanned tail!
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    Hi Dorian,

    I like this image and as the guru of the flight shots :D I disagree a head turn would meaningfully improve this shot. when the bird isn't flying towards it looks better this way, of course as long as it's not turned away. that's my opinion :)

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    Great image, and one of the best poses to show off a Tern. Techs are spot on.

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    Hi Dorian, nicely processed image. I love the color of the water/background, compliments the tern well. Your comment regarding a head turn noted, I do think it would be a better image with a slight head turn towards the viewer. Thank you for sharing.
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    Another beauty from you Dorian!
    Lovely banking pose, stunning background with some nice pattern from the waves and good exposure.
    In this case I think the head angle works very well, there is enough to engage in some eye contact.

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    Hi Dorian ticks all boxes for me .... not a guru of avian though , still impressed by IQ , color , tonal range and the comp .

    Very well done !!!

    TFS Andreas

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    Terrific flight pose, gorgeous blue background. Nice detail. No nits from me. (Not being a stickler for that last fraction of a degree of head angle, I find this almost perfect -- he's focused on where he's going.)

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    Very nice Image. Background colors and wing position are really nice.

    Head Angle works for me.

    TFS

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    Hi Dorian, great show of the full wingspan, and nice and sharp throughout the Tern. I like the fanned tail too. The Tern pops so well against your water BG. Well captured.

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