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      rsmariga


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      Registered: September 2007
      Location: Keller, TX
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      This seagull was gliding on the strong breeze coming off of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. It looked both relaxed and vigilant.
      · Date: Thu, September 27, 2007 · Views: 908
      · Filesize: 244.3kb, 334.4kb · Dimensions: 1388 x 904 �
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  1.   Thu, September 27, 2007 3:13pm

    1. Great shot Russ. A stirring capture of Flight.
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  1.   Fri, September 28, 2007 5:44am
    1. Buddy4344

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      Russ,
      Welcome to Byte. I like the straight forward simplicity of this composition. The key elements I like are the lines created by the wings - one horizontal with the frame and the other creating a nice diagonal toward the image corner.
      It could use some minor post process sharpening.
      Buddy

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  1.   Fri, September 28, 2007 6:01am
    1. rsmariga
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      Buddy,
      I appreciate your suggestions! And, I am happy to be here --- by way of StarWalker (& Ellen), who encouraged me to jump in.

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  1.   Fri, September 28, 2007 6:52am
    1. KHedquist

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      Russ,

      Welcome also from me. You have some classic lines in the way you captured the gull in flight. I actually like the centered crop because of it's simplicity. You could also crop it so the gull is in the lower right third. This would imply an area to fly into as he catches the next thermal. One suggestion, resize your images to 800 for the longest side.

      Cheers,

      kevin

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  1.   Fri, September 28, 2007 7:02am
    1. rsmariga
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      Kevin,

      I feel very welcome! Thanks for the tips -- particularly the one regarding positioning in the lower right third.

      And, while I actually read the bit about 800 pixels for the longest side, I will now make sure I put it into practice!!

      Cheers, and thanks again,
      - RussS

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  1.   Fri, September 28, 2007 7:53am

    1. Russ,
      I agree with all the comments so far, and I'll second the notion for a little sharpening, and maybe a slight curve adjustment to bring out the two-tone underside of the right wing. The composition is excellent. How many shots did it take to get one with the bird in this position?

      steve
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  1.   Fri, September 28, 2007 9:07am
    1. rsmariga
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      Thanks, Steve. I took six shots, and was rather pleased that this one fell out.

      Cheers,
      - RussS

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  1.   Sat, September 29, 2007 10:22pm
    1. Marysa
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      Welcome to Byte, RussS,
      A very striking image - well done.
      I would like to see the bird bottom right, but it is immaterial to the overall feel of the shot.
      Super!
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