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A fisherman had just left the scene. Some seagulls came in to see if they had something left for them.

Photographer: Juan Salvatierra
Folder: JSC
Uploaded: 02-Jan-2005 19:06 CET
Current Rating: 8.67/3
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Camera: Olympus C8080
Exposure time: 1/500
Aperture: 4.0
Focal length: 140
Focusing method: iESP P-AF
ISO: 50
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: None. Cropping and resizing.
Various: I just was above the cliff at the right moment.
Image resized to: 630x839

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very nice- looking out here at our cold snowy landscape makes think about heading south to the sea soon.

Al Lewis at 23:33 CET on 02-Jan-2005 [Reply]


Thank you for all your comments. I had been on top of that cliff before, but the seagulls weren't there. Sometimes a good photograph is a matter of luck! (and yes, we were at 17? C at that moment!)

Juan Salvatierra at 18:39 CET on 05-Jan-2005 [Reply]


An excellent shot Juan! Could almost be a painting. What really makes it for me is the placement of the darker coloured gull. The arrangement of the group really works for me and you were lucky not to have parts of birds on the edges.

Dave Bennett at 21:46 CET on 15-Jan-2005 [Reply]


Thanks for your comments, Dave. 'Unreal' is a word that has also come to my mind with this picture. I made several shots, and even this one is part of a greater one. They are all 'nice' picture, but no more. Whe I realized the inverted 'V' shape the gulls drew, against the diagonal line of the wave, in the other hand, I thought it was almost magical (mystical, said Drew Black). Maybe some other people would have cut the original image some other way... The dark gull adds diversity to the group, yes.

Juan Salvatierra at 19:52 CET on 16-Jan-2005 [Reply]


The wave looks disproportional to the scale of the seagulls, yet I know it's accurate. It makes me want to jump into the froth. A very nice image.

Valorie Spencer at 17:26 CET on 14-Feb-2005 [Reply]


Yes... now that you say it, it seems a bit disproportionate. Yet, this happens sometimes when you photograph overlapping objects, or that's my experience. Thanks.

Juan Salvatierra at 19:31 CET on 15-Feb-2005 [Reply]

Seagulls colors

Beautiful! I like the colors: it was easy to think that increasing them the picture had improved, but you left the natural ones.

Piero Magnani at 23:32 CEST on 03-Jun-2005 [Reply]

Seagulls colors

I did play with Levels in Photoshop. And the result was a sharper, deeper, more contrasted image... A better image, I suppose. But the one I posted here is unretouched, because it is more 'real' (I know that's very argueable). Thanks.

Juan Salvatierra at 18:30 CEST on 04-Jun-2005 [Reply]


Very Nice!

Surreal composition! Well Done!!

Bruce Thomas at 16:51 CET on 18-Jan-2009 [Reply]