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    Default Southern Royal Albatross

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    Off Kaikoura, New Zealand.
    From a pelagic boat trip, attracted by chum.
    These birds are amazing. Their wing span just blew me away and yet, they can tuck those wings in perfectly.
    Canon 1 DX 100-400mm v.2
    ISO 2000 F 6.3 SS 1/2000
    About 75% FF. Nothing added or cloned.
    FYI- The water color is accurate as is the pale pink bill.
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    Last edited by gail bisson; 04-10-2020 at 09:42 AM. Reason: Added EXIF data.

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    Terrific shot Gail, love the water and bow wave.
    Neat direct frontal pose and exposure.
    A little more dof would have been nice.

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    Gail:

    Love him/her cresting the wave, throwing a big bow wake, right down the barrel pose, framing of the bird.

    I am curious what your settings were. I suspect with all the movement of your boat and the bird/waves, that you were forced to shoot at a high shutter speed, and fairly wide open, hence the reduced DOF.

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    Thanks for the comments guys. I am sorry I did not include my EXIF data.
    ISO 2000 f 6.3 SS 1/2000.
    The bird is about 2 feet long so there is no way to get everything in the DOF. I was just trying to get the face/bill in focus.

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    Beautiful bird Gail,and processed very well as usual . Like that straight on look and I don't know how you got that low angle off the boat.All that matters is well focused. TFS

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    My kind of shot, low angle, some environmental interest, and even though I don't normally favour on shots tis one is so 'down the barrel' it works

    Mike

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    What a super capture, Gail. Great low POV surfing the crest of the swell. The colors are beautiful, and your control of the whites look spot on.


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    Outstanding POV, no way you could get anymore DOF if you shot at f22...
    Great subject!
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    Wonderful head-on look, great POV, and I love the water texture.

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    What an opportunity. As usual, this canvas is spot on everywhere. The wave, the pressure wave, the pose, the BG and even the DOF. TFS

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    Yeah, this is what you want from this head-on shot. Love the symmetry and the waves really adds some nice motion.

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    Nice how the bird is riding that wave. Works well dead center. Nice detail. Love the color in the water.

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    What a fun image this is!! I love the colours, low angle (surely more of it high on a wave), and straight-on stare. Dof is A-OK with me, but I do feel that the critical focus seems to be on the bow-wave rather than the eyes. I don't mind it though as this is pretty unique image.

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