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    Hi folks ... and specially Colin ... as he was almost begging , that I should post an image for comparison due to my critiques to his postings in general .

    Most of you should know ... I am not a that great again photographer , and bird in flight ...... well well . Nevertheless if I get opportunities I try !!!
    Here is an old file from 2014 , taken on Helgoland Island .Only option to find the Gannets in Germany .
    Image was taken in evening light .... one of those pale evenings where it is bright with no warm light .

    Canon EOS 1Dx
    EF 200 - 400 IS L with TC engaged
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    F 8 ; Iso 5000 ; 1/2000 sec ; man exp and auto iso

    Processed with DPP 4 and PSCC 2020 ; cropped to 70 % of FF

    Tranks for looking and commenting to my previous posting

    Cheers Andreas

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    Works for me. Good light, whites nicely exposed, and great flight pose.

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    Great pose and nice subtle colors on the bird. Could probably crop tighter on the top but works as is as well. What are those bright string-like things on the feet?

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    I am surprised a Gannet would be banded??
    Whites look good, head and beak is a bit soft...
    Dan Kearl

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    Thanks Andreas, a lovely looking shot. Great pose and light. Above my pay grade to get anymore technical

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    Nicely angled pose, good to get the head almost square to he sensor. Might be the individual bird but he does look a little pale to me, could be the shadowless light light playing its part as well I suppose. All else is good

    Mike

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    Comp is good. Exposure excellent and the whites look great.
    I love that the green foot markings are clearly visible. Adds interest to the image.
    I have to agree with Dan that it is unusual to see a gannet banded.
    Just wish that the near wing had been more extended but certainly not a deal breaker.
    Gail

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    Thanks so much folks for your kind comments ... much appreciated .

    Not much I can do about the band , I think as it is the only colony in Germany they do some research .

    Dan not seeing the softness you see .

    Mike ... due to the bright flat light the gannet looked quite flat ... and I did not want to push things .

    Cheers Andreas

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    The detail on the bird is right on. Like that blue water background as well. Framing and pose are right on.

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    Beautiful view! Loving the pastel tones and cracking detail across the bird. So few shots reveal their striped feet like this! Great eye contact and pose. yeah it would be nice if the left wing was a bit higher, but this is still really sweet, band or not.

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    Andreas, for me the image is very well processed, I am sure you will have done this an rejected it but if you make a curves luminosity adjustment layer and bring the curve down literally one or two clicks is is remarkable how much more feather detail appears and you see a hint of yellow on the underside.

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    Thanks Dorian , John and Jon for your kind comments , much appreciated .

    Jon ... always room to play when it comes to tone and color , and your suggestion can be done . For the time being I leave it the actual way I posted it .

    Cheers Andreas

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