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    Default Landing gear down, Albatross about to land.

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    Common Name-Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
    Scientific Name-Thalassarche carteri

    Date-15/7/2017

    Location-Kiama pelagic

    Camera Details
    Brand/Model-canon 5dm3
    Lens-canon 100-400mm series 1, taken at 400mm

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    ISO-640
    F-Stop-7.1
    Shutter Speed-1/4000
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash-none/partial/none

    Technique-handheld

    Attraction Aides-burley

    Post Production-crop, levels, highlights, shadows

    Notes-I went on the Kiama pelagic trip and saw lots of Albatross which I absolutely love. While we were coming back to the coast most of the people were either asleep, had enough or green as we were coming up to 8.5hrs at sea which is a long day. Me, well I contributed to the burley during the middle of the day 3 times and had nothing left in me so I got my second wind during the right time as if nothing had happened. I noticed this one Albatross following us with the dramatic clouds in the background and the sun was just peaking through. So I hoped and persisted that the bird would get in the right spot at the right time, and get the shot when they're just about to land and their feet dangle down. I always find this pose really amusing and fun to photograph, and I hope others enjoy the photo.
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    Great flight shot Maria - love those big feet

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    Great shot Maria. Not a bird I see much of.
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    Lovely shot Maria, the bird is really set off well against that threatening sky. Great pose with those landing pads down.

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    A delightful landing shot, Maria. Good on you for keeping on trying - it certainly paid off.

    John

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    At first glance i thought it was a bit tight , then i followed the birds eyes and beak angle into the open space and knew then that it all works really well in that small space . Love the landing pose Maria . Nice crisp shot . Just curious , what do you think the two white spots below the bird on the left are ?
    Regards Woody .
    Thanks for commenting . Any reposts or tips are always appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Woodbine View Post
    At first glance i thought it was a bit tight , then i followed the birds eyes and beak angle into the open space and knew then that it all works really well in that small space . Love the landing pose Maria . Nice crisp shot . Just curious , what do you think the two white spots below the bird on the left are ?
    Regards Woody .
    Hi Anthony, it's sea spray as I was sitting at the stern of the boat getting sprayed a bit while we were motoring along. Regards, Maria.

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    One the most photogenic birds in my opinion and a great shot. In a light aircraft, with little crosswind, the ideal landing is when contact with the ground occurs as the forward speed is reduced to the point where there is no longer sufficient airspeed to remain aloft. The stall warning is often heard just before landing, indicating that this speed and altitude have been reached. The result is very light touch down. Not something Albatross do particularly well.
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    So far my favourite albatross, and a lovely image of this one. My only suggestion would be to raise the bird ever so slightly and a bit more to the right, just to tip it off centre a bit horizontally & vertically.

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    Wow, awesome shot. Really cool to see front on!


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    I like what you were trying to capture Maria and you did it well, such a great shot.

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    That's a beauty Maria and well done for persisting after you felt
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    Brilliant shot Maria!
    Love it - perfect as presented I reckon. Placement of the bird in the frame is spot on to my eye
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    Classic Maria, love it.

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    Fabulous, Maria. Couldn't be better.
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