Direct eye contact with a cormorant



Close-up of a double-crested cormorant showing its mesmerizing eyes.

Close-up of a double-crested cormorant showing its mesmerizing eyes.
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RickL PRO+
 
RickL June 01, 2019
Amazing photography
takeoneshotatatime PRO+
 
takeoneshotatatime June 16, 2019
Stunning.
craigrhys
 
craigrhys August 09, 2019
Awesome shot. Do you know what the bird is called?
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug August 20, 2019
Outstanding and mesmerizing!
Joviaal PRO
 
Joviaal August 21, 2019
Congrats on your win Sandy.
morriskleyman
 
morriskleyman September 25, 2019
Great shot!
grahamepettit
 
grahamepettit October 15, 2019
Wow
Drosera
 
Drosera December 16, 2019
Exceptional photography.
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi January 04, 2020
Awesome detail
Skykink Platinum
Skykink January 04, 2020
Thank you, he fishes regularly in a pond about a half mile from my house and I wanted to show off his amazing eyes.
karenparsons PRO+
 
karenparsons January 10, 2020
Outstanding!
hollywoodleon
 
hollywoodleon January 12, 2020
He’s so ugly but those eyes
GeraintI
 
GeraintI January 21, 2020
Stunning
Cookies4U PRO+
 
Cookies4U February 05, 2020
congratulations on your well deserved wins!
vitor Platinum
 
vitor June 09, 2020
Fabulous work!
Lesabre1954 Platinum
 
Lesabre1954 June 09, 2020
Excellent capture!
katzphoto PRO+
 
katzphoto October 28, 2020
Great portrait!
terrymccollum Ultimate
 
terrymccollum November 10, 2020
What kind of bird is this?
ronjudyluv2travel Platinum
 
ronjudyluv2travel December 03, 2020
Great capture...amazing detail(s)!
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug April 05, 2021
This one is your "stunning".
tamike000
 
tamike000 June 21, 2021
You have no idea how hard I cracked up looking at this beautiful photo and shared it with so many thank you for sharing this gorgeous photo
melzonejohnson
 
melzonejohnson October 07, 2021
How did you get him pose for you 😂😂😂😂🤔
BeverleyLynnette PRO
 
BeverleyLynnette October 13, 2021
Gorgeous
catherinethompson PRO+
 
catherinethompson October 28, 2021
Stunning work. Well done.
Ciego64 PRO
 
Ciego64 February 22, 2022
Great shot! I think that is a female. The males are almost black. But those eyes!!!!
RickTheBruce Ultimate
 
RickTheBruce March 08, 2022
Perfect Ukrainian protest image, Sandy. Bravo!
BlackLabelConcepts Premium
 
BlackLabelConcepts March 13, 2022
One of the best photos I’ve seen! Wow wow so
annmor
 
annmor March 29, 2022
WOW!
Candice Stolen Moments
 
Candice Stolen Moments July 14, 2022
love this
RickTheBruce Ultimate
 
RickTheBruce July 28, 2022
Perfect— of course, you wizard!
Skykink Platinum
Skykink July 28, 2022
Thanks Rick, did you read the story with it - it is really what encouraged me after going Best of Show with it in my first ever photo contest.
ChrisHPhotos
 
ChrisHPhotos July 28, 2022
Excellent light, colour and details.
princess1
 
princess1 August 19, 2022
Love him….goofy but great! It’s hard to believe that he’s real he’s so different.
Skykink Platinum
Skykink August 19, 2022
Thanks, one of my very early photos after getting my DSLR in 2013 and one of my personal favs. They are fascinating birds.
Sandypartlow4 PRO+
 
Sandypartlow4 August 30, 2022
Congratulations
belchertownphotos PRO+
 
belchertownphotos December 29, 2022
What kind of bird is this? Did you color the eyes or is this how they were?
HuaweiP30Lite
 
HuaweiP30Lite Jan 06
Where did you find him?
pierrebellerose Platinum
 
Stunning!
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi Feb 06
congrats on another challenge win. Excellent shot.
charterswilliamosborne Ultimate
 
Great Shot, congratulations.
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller PRO+
 
what a beautiful eyes
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo has a multi-level story to it. It was taken at Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole, FL which is a large county park adjacent to my home. It is a wonderland of various species for the nature photographer. i'm going to use this space to tell more about the photo. I have been around these cormorants so often that they have become very tolerant of my close presence. In that many do not see these birds from a close perspective, I wanted to highlight the mesmerizing eyes of the bird so I went for a narrow DOF to hone in on the eyes. As an aside, I was amazed at how well the nature background blended with the coloration of the bird. The photo is one of my favorites for multiple reasons, but for one, it was the first photo I ever entered into any kind of photo competition. This was a rather large 31st annual contest judged by professional photographers and contested in 6 different categories. The awards breakfast was held in St. Petersburg, FL and I decided to attend. As I wandered about looking at some of the finalist photos hanging on the walls, I thought to myself that I did not have a chance in this contest. I then spied a group of people hovering about one photo and went over to see what all the fuss was about. The photo has a large "Best of Show" ribbon hanging by it and a blue ribbon for winning it's class - IT WAS MINE!! I had won my first photo contest. The photo was picked up by "Outdoor Photographer" magazine who asked me to write an article about the venue in which it was shot and the photo was featured in the article. They paid me a very nice sum to write the article and publish this photo.
Time
The photo was taken in the morning, a time that the local cormorants are actively fishing.
Lighting
Of course we are all aware of the "magic hours" of photography and this was taken during that wonderful time of morning, angular lighting.
Equipment
Camera was an EOS 70D handheld equipped with my favorite nature lens, a Canon 100-400 mm L lens.
Inspiration
My inspiration was to show those who never have the opportunity to get close to these wonderful birds the incredible coloration of their eyes by taking a close up portrait of the bird with a narrow depth of field honing in on the eyes.
Editing
No special processing other than converting from RAW to JPEG
In my camera bag
For nature photography, my specialty, I like to hand carry a Canon 7D Mark II equipped with a Canon 100-400mm L lens.
Feedback
When it come to nature photography, I find that patience is quite a necessary virtue although I must admit that my most favorite shots were mostly luck. Get to know your subject matter and have a mission/reason for each particular photo. One tip that has really helped me is that for getting quick action shots such as birds in flight, turn off the lens stabilization. In that you are shooting at faster speeds, it is not only unnecessary, but you will find that you will get faster focus acquisition of your subject.

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