Sarita Yeola  

Found my Meal by Sarita Yeola

November 2020 - Found my Meal

About the Image(s)

This young Ring Billed Gull found its meal on the water surface. I cropped the image a little to bring in the bird.

Nikon D500: Aperture Priority, 300mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/2000

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4 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Very nice image of this gull. Great reflection, and eyes are sharp. I would suggest you offset the gull a little by cropping off just a bit more on the right. That would bring the gull's head closer to the "Rule of Thirds". Nice job!   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:00:10

Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
Having a really distinct "horizon" in the center is distracting. I would suggest having it 1/3 or less from the bottom.   Posted: 11/12/2020 10:05:37

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Wow! Talk about getting it sharp, you hit this shot about perfect. You clearly had an abundance of light allowing you to use such an elevated shutter speed. You were right to make that choice. Shooting small birds like this a fast shutter is your best friend for getting sharp images.

Normally a centered image feels a bit static but in this particular composition your composition works. Your subject is not just the bird but the bird AND the reflection. Using a symmetrical composition creates balance and locks the eye of the viewer directly on the subject. You have beautifully eliminated all distraction at either the top or the bottom resulting in a clean simple and effective image. One of the best things you did with this capture was to position yourself at your subject's eye level. This adds the powerful element of intimacy and raises the quality of the image a full notch. That is really well done.

As a note of caution, images such as this fall in the category of being portraits and as such are not always dynamic. You might keep in mind allowing space in front of your subject into which it can move.

Just for fun, have you thought about other formats for this image such a making it square? Inquiring minds want to know.
  Posted: 11/12/2020 21:29:35

David Henderson   David Henderson
Well done with this capture, you have captured all the elements just right. The bird is pin sharp and the depth of field is spot on. The only comment that I have is the same as Sherry and Larry in that you need to leave room for the bird to swim into.   Posted: 11/21/2020 22:25:39