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Congratulations to Tim Kuhn for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 22 votes - View Previous Winners


I have been away from the forum for a while, I'm sorry for all the great posts I'm sure I have missed. I have been on a photo safari of sorts in Oregon. It started in the high desert and ended on the coast. I have an unbelievable amount of photos to sort through, almost 200gb after the second culling I almost don't know where to start in processing but a shot from this series seems the obvious spot. I have seen this behavior many times with these guys, Pigeon Guillemots, and have been trying to capture this in good light for 4 years now. On the last day of my trip I was FINALLY rewarded with a stellar morning weather wise, a rare condition on this part of the coast in Spring. Here is one shot of a looooooong burst.

As I said I have seen this many times and a few times the morning this was taken. What happens is the pair mates and, to be polite, near the end the third bird joins in. I don't know if this is a way for a male to spread his DNA without the responsibility of caring for the chicks or if the third bird is an immature bird just trying to figure out mating.

Now to start catching up on missed posts

Tim




  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/7.1    1/800s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 12, 2013 at 02:18 PM
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Tim,
Everything about this image is so cool. The light is truly magic as the plumage on these birds really pops and contrasts so nicely with reds. Add in the unique behavior... so many would count themselves lucky to photograph a single guillemot in great light, but to capture a menage a trois... you are a skilled guy!

regards,
bruce

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Jun 12, 2013 at 02:28 PM
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What a wonderful shot ! Bruce summed it up very nicely
Can't wait to see more.

Birdie



Jun 12, 2013 at 03:22 PM
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Speed dating..? This is really multitasking gone amuck. Great shot, thanks for sharing.


Jun 12, 2013 at 03:30 PM
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Great image.


Jun 12, 2013 at 03:35 PM
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Amazing image, very well captured. Happy to see you back Tim.


Jun 12, 2013 at 04:55 PM
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A stunner Tim


Jun 12, 2013 at 04:59 PM
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Terrific image of this menage a trois, Tim, and what an amazing and unusual behavior.

I looked for more info online, but the only thing I could find was your post from last year!
(http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1122486)

In fact, I appreciate the current image more in the context of your series from last year. Much better light (fantastic, really) this year, and the composition and pose of this shot is superb. But I loved the humor from last year's set ("Get out of here you perv!") and encourage others to revisit that wonderful post as well.

Look forward to seeing a bit more from that 200 gb!

Greg



Jun 12, 2013 at 05:05 PM
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what a shot, tim! i've never seen anything like this before. the light looks really nice on these guys. that iso 2000 is really working for you on the dx! looking forward to more images in the next few days....

dorian



Jun 12, 2013 at 05:12 PM
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Fantastic shot displays rare behavior. Awesome work.

- Tam



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Beautiful capture....well done!


Jun 12, 2013 at 05:31 PM
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interesting, so which one is the male?


Jun 12, 2013 at 05:40 PM
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what a cool shot! Looking forward to more from your trip..

Mark.



Jun 12, 2013 at 05:41 PM
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nice one! I doubt if two females over male down on the ground


Jun 12, 2013 at 05:43 PM
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Isn't the one in the middle a decoy

I couldn't be happier that you got your shot, wow 4 years in the making too, what a great reward Tim and it is simply fantastic from many standpoints. Yes indeed the light was good to you, very good in fact. I look forward to seeing this on the big screen later tonight buddy, well done and well deserved!

Oh, and about those other 200gb's of shots, just flip them to Conrad and he will whip them into one BIG post

Karl



Jun 12, 2013 at 06:18 PM
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seems like the one in the middle is like "is this really happening, not amused"


Jun 12, 2013 at 06:45 PM
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I think they call this a menage a twa. Great shot with beautiful exposure and detail. Nice BG and great HAs by all three.


Jun 12, 2013 at 07:22 PM
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Fantastic shot Tim, well captured.
David



Jun 12, 2013 at 08:01 PM
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Clearly that last bird hasn't yet figured out that "three's a crowd."

Terrific shot, Tim. Behavior shots always seem to be so much more interesting than a portrait, and this one certainly is interesting.

- Dave



Jun 12, 2013 at 08:09 PM
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Wow, what a fantastic shot Tim for all the reasons already stated.
Congrats!
Man you have a lot of pics to pp and probably enough to get you through to next season!
Cheers,
Martin
Ps. you probably missed my little post with my new 1DX



Jun 12, 2013 at 08:20 PM
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