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    The Mossel Bay, South Africa, if there was a contest to see how close you can get your wing the ground this would pretty much be as close as you could get. Picture taken 2 days ago in late afternoon sun

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    Wayne:

    Excellent low shooting angle, nice touchdown! Like the angle in the frame.

    The light was fairly harsh and the background rather busy. I might consider a small crop up from the bottom to reduce the mass effect of all the sand.

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    Wayne, nice, sharp flight shot. Love the wingtip touch.

    The busy background distracts a little for me. Even less desirable is the sunlight angle as it appears it's coming from the rear 1/4 of the subject instead the front 1/4.

    Often, it creates a better viewing experience when there is a good bit more room in front than behind. Here, perhaps cropping from the rear and keeping the same proportion above and below would help.

    Great job with the handholding.

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    Ditto everything above. The breaking wave with mud in it is more than a little distracting. Sharp with a good exposure. The large black shadow and the harsh light made do not help.

    What is the gull species?

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    I agree with Brian on his points, but love the touching wing tip and nice angle on the bird. The direction of the light was a bit unfortunate.

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    Hi Wayne, great action of a Kelp Gull flying low over the beach. Well exposed and sharp, and another vote for taking a bit off the bottom.
    The one and only time I holidayed in Mossel Bay a few years back, I didnt have many photo opportunities.

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    Hey All,

    Thanks very much for all the kind words and help to try and make this image better. Took it into LRC and tinkered a little as well as a crop. What do you think, have I gone too far?
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    repost is an improvement, the harsh light and the busy BG have no solution unfortunately other than trying again, wing touching the beach is neat

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    Solid view of this gull. Neat how the far wing tip touches the sand.

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    What is the gull species?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Morris View Post
    What is the gull species?

    with love, artie
    Hey Arthur

    It is a Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

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