It's a little difficult to pick out anything that you could truly improve in the future on this sort of subject, since these captures are so ephemeral in opportunity. The one thing that really begs for just a small change is the angle of capture. While the contrast of the gull's dark beak against the white foam of the waves is certainly striking, the white foam nears the white of the gull's head a bit too much, and proves to be a bit of a distraction. For next time, if possible, please consider capturing the bird either fully against the sand, or with the head against the darker ocean, because the contrast would be much more dramatic.
I'm so glad you made this a print. It's going on my wishlist. The caption/title pulls a lot of joie de vivre into it, which was entirely unexpected for its palette of greys and grays.
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This was my first time @ the seaside to capture these birds.
They would indeed stand out beter with a more neutral backdrop but they don't always listen to my instructions
Hello from Project Comment! This is a lovely photo and the seagulls are very cute. The atmosphere that this photo is creating is great and has worked out very well. I think that the seagulls looking upwards have a nice effect. Normally the main point of a photo is in the middle but this is an exception to it and it works well.
I think that you could have improved on the darkness of the picture. It is far too dark. I think that you should you an app with an enhancement feature. This would help lift the photo and take it to the next level. The sky is also quite tilted so if decreases the reality points. Again, you have added too much vignette. Also, the dA watermark is also a little bit irrelevant and noticeable in this photo. I love the depth of field in this. It really adds to your photo. The seagulls should be a bit more focused on. You should try to blur the background. I have a strong feeling it will add so much to this photo.
I hope that my comment is helpful and constructive. It is a really good photo so well done!
Not putting the main bird in the middle gives him room 'to sing'.
The vignetting @ the top is indeed a little to much. I did indeed push the blacks a little bit but these birds have a kind of dark side to them
i also find that my horizon should be straight and that i should not have cut off the feet. But it was a too cool not to post and making the horizon straight would have cropped the picture and that is something i did not want.
Adding more blur would make the main bird more pop out but i am afraid that it would also defuse the others more. And that is just what i like about this one is that you can still see them looking @ him. Maybe thinking what is he doing?
Reminds me of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" Richard Bach, 1970. a great work of literary art, his best book, and my favorite.
"Mine, mine... mine, mine,mine..."
Beautiful capture! I like your use of the depth of field in this picture. Great work!