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Hanging Out to Dry!

Hanging Out to Dry!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2046 W: 608 N: 5483] (22131)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-31
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED DX
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-27 6:49
Viewed: 2107
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

Today, my post is of a cormorant.
Cormorants have a way of relaxing which makes them appear as if they are hanging out their wings, to dry!

You may think this shot was taken at the seaside but, surprisingly, it was taken on the Serpentine, a lake in the centre of London. I expected to see gulls but this bird was a bit of a surprise!

Unlike the gulls, which came close for food, especially near the cafe, the cormorants stayed well away from the edge. Possibly, in a few years time, they will be as willing to expolit humans as the gulls.

Shot in RAW.
Converted with PSE6.
pp cropped from a larger shot, selected and lightened a little, sharpened, added border and signed

Reflex, naseer-afg, tnahari, mvdisco, loribird, brech, dipsybee, shaukatmi, vanda has marked this note useful
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Hello Bev,
Perfect balance of the light for this cormoran and perfect BG for a nice contrasted composition !
Kind regards

Very lovely cormorant, Beverly. The composition works so well with the bird on the third (hey, it rhymes!). The depth of field works so well in this image, too.

Excellent and great shot,
Nice work here indeed....

Hi Bev
outstanding capture of a cormorant spreading its wings. good pov and perfect timing.
clear and sharp features.
marvelous color and pattern of BG.
well compose with the pole and chain.

Bonjour Beverly,
Nice portrait of a Cormoran hanging out their wings to dry,
Excellent focus and sharpness,
beautiful background too,
good colors and light,

Lovely photo Bev - square crop really suits this composition. An uncluttered BG means that the bird and it's prop really stand out clearly. A nice diffused light means that all parts of the bird are visible to a high degree of detail.
Nice bird pic :-)


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-02-27 8:55]

Hi Bev,

Good shot, they're not easy to get so close to. I really like the setting for this, the post is such a natural part of the waterfront environment. Nice sharp focus on the cormorant, with good blurring of the background water.

Warm regards,

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-02-27 9:20]

Really good details in the feathers Bev,not easy with this type of bird. Your DOF really makes it pop out at the viewer.
It looks almost as if it were a painting.Well taken

Best regards

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-02-27 9:44]


Quel captage de ce cormoroan, sueprbe iamge sur sont bois ce poteau, avec les ailes entre-ouvertes, ce chaînes ce fond brillant et le vaguelletes, grandisoe.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Bev,
I do not know what to say other than that it is just beautiful. Wait, let me look at the other crits. Maybe we can take you apart....oh noo...it is all very positive...as expected. VERY beautiful Bev and very well done. Thank you and best wishes.

Hi Beverley

Great shot of the cormoran drying its wings. Your crop and composition are excellent and the details on the bird's plumage are very well textured. Great bokehand what a beautiful perch.

Nicely done


Fantastic shot Bev. Wonderful detail and perfect capture of a cormorant against a great bg. Beautiful plumage and color. TFS, Lori

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-02-27 13:10]

HI Bev,
What an artistic presentation of this cormorant with wings spread open. Nice effect on the water and a wonderful composition with the chains and trunk in the thirds!
An artistic frame to enclosed this square format presentation.
Well done for this neat work.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-02-28 1:49]

Hi Beverley...
Nice shot with so nice composition...
Nice timing and soft colors...

Hi Bev,

This is a beautiful shot, one of the best bird shots I have seen recently. The detail is so sharp and I love the effect of the water blurring into the distance. It makes the bird on its post stand out so well.



Hi, Beverly. Great capture of the ubiquitious Cormorant with its spread out wings. Good pose with sharp focus and the DOF producing a wavy effect of the water. I like it. Cheers.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2011-03-01 6:19]

Hi Bev!
Very good portrait of Cormorant. Perfect focus on the subject and excellent contrast against the blurred BG.
Perfect and accurate composition, as usual. The subject is perfectly placed in the image, with good use of the rule of thirds and che chain that goes on towards the right corner.
Congratulations my friend.
Have a nice week.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-03-01 6:27]

Hi Beverley,

Excellent capture of the cormoarant, I like the détails of the wings.
Wonderfull composition and great POV, B/G with the reflections of the water is perfect.
Best regards.

Bonjour Beverley
Très belle composition et parfaite profondeur de champ pour un résultat remarquable
My warm regards

Hi Bev..nice shot...I like your portrait of this Cormorant. The composition and tones are nicely done.


Hello Beverley.
What a superb and interesting Cormorant that you have well captured .Its pose is wonderful. Details in feathers are very good.Best regards Siegfried

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2011-03-14 23:34]

Hi Beverley,
beautiful moment you catch.I liked color so much in here.Nice presentation.Perfect light and sharpness.TFS.Necla.

Hello Beverley

You capture a nice bird and lovely colors : I like the effects done by the water.

Very nice :)


Hy Bewerley! Perfect capture. Great composition, well done. Regards Csabi

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