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Like lesser birds on the four winds by AJM Photography

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Tarifa Island, the southernmost point in Europe, on 2010 New Year’s Eve.

It was a little stormy in Tarifa over New Year… It’s perhaps a little hard to imagine the scale of this. The birds give something of an idea. The old gun emplacement on the right is probably about the height of a two-storey house. And that’s Morocco in the background, 14km away across the Straits of Gibraltar.

Processing: HDR generated from five exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) of a single image using Photomatix. As you can imagine it was a pretty grim day and despite the flash of sunshine, the original image was somehow lacking the drama of what was actually taking place. The HDR processing brought it very much back to life.

Featured 17 times:
Canon Vs Nikon, 07/01/10
Nikon DSLR users, 14/01/10
The 100 – 499 Viewings Group, 20/01/10
The Top Favourite Group, 25/03/10
Weekly Theme, 26/04/10
Live And Let live, 02/05/10
Waves And Fine Art Seascapes, 09/06/10
Atmospheric Land and Seascapes, 09/07/10
Most Favourites, 31/10/10
All Water In Motion And Reflections In Water, 27/02/11
Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge, 18/03/11
Beachscapes, 20/03/11
JPG Cast-Offs, 08/04/11
Photomatix HDR, 24/04/11
All About Water, 18/08/11
Sea, 20/10/11
Featured For A Challenge, 08/01/12
Life’s A Beach, 09/06/13

Challenge wins and top 3 placings:
1st, Going Coastal, Crashing surf, Jan 2010
1st, Nikon DSLR Users, Seascapes, Feb 2010
1st, Mornings & Evenings, Sunbeams & Storms challenge, All about water, Feb 2010
1st, Mood & Ambience, Ominous, Aug 2010
1st, Amazing Challenge Entertainment, Stormy seas, Nov 2010
1st, The CatRaven Challenge, Water water everywhere, Nov 2010
1st, Beach, River And Lake Treasures, Dramatic weather by our shores, Jan 2011
1st, European Everyday Life, Stormy weather in Europe, Mar 2011
1st, Live, Love, Dream, Take a walk on the wild side…, Apr 2011
1st, The Best Of Anything And Everything, The angry sea, Oct 2012
1st, All Water In Motion And Reflections In Water, Crashing waves, Oct 2012
1st, This, That, And The Other Thing, Stormy weather, Oct 2012

2nd, You’re Accepted, Crashing waves, Jan 2010
2nd, Going Coastal, Your favourite going coastal photo, Mar 2010
2nd, Weekly Theme, The big splash, Apr 2010
2nd, Waves And Fine Art Seascapes, Your favourite wave, Jun 2010
2nd, Atmospheric Land and Seascapes, Stormy rough weather, Jul 2010
2nd, Around The World, Storms around the world, Aug 2010
2nd, Quality Art & Photography, The wild ocean, Sep 2010
2nd, JPG Cast-Offs, Best of: featured work, Apr 2011
2nd, Take Me Higher (Dynamic Range), Motion in the ocean, Aug 2011
2nd, Amazing Challenge Entertainment, Magnificent waves challenge, Jan 2013
3rd, Photomatix HDR, Water, Aug 2010
3rd, Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge, Water, Apr 2011
3rd, This & That, Waves, May 2011
3rd, 2 A Week, Waves, Jun 2011
3rd, Pictures With A Wow Factor, September avatar, Sep 2011
3rd, Sea, Rough seas, Oct 2011
3rd, Cover Shots, Big waves!, Nov 2011
3rd, Shameless Self-Promotion, Waves, Apr 2012
3rd, Shutterbugs, Looks like stormy weather, Jul 2012
3rd, Life’s A Beach, Waves only, Jun 2013

5000 views / 106 favourites as of 20 Sept 2013

(ref. 3051, 12/2009, Nikon D300, Sigma 70-300)

Originally from Manchester, UK, now living in Warsaw, Poland and Tarifa, Spain, but also travelling frequently.

I currently use a Nikon D300 with Sigma lenses (18-250, 150-500, 105) and, for travel, a Sony NEX-7 with Sony (18-55, 55-210) and Tamron (18-200) lenses.

Enough of the boring stuff… on with the show.

aka AJM Photography

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  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaalmost 5 years ago

    One wild sea …great capture !

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfalmost 5 years ago

    wow… this is fantastic!!!

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 5 years ago

    Wow the power of the ocean! Great capture and processing.

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnalmost 5 years ago

    OMG that is huge! Wonderful capture!

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 5 years ago

    Wow! nature at her fiercest! Great capture!

  • Darren Kearney
    Darren Kearneyalmost 5 years ago

    wicked use of hdr. an overused technique but very effective here. bravo

  • Alex Preiss
    Alex Preissalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent, dramatic image.

  • heeb
    heebalmost 5 years ago

    Wow! This gives me goosebumps! Very chilling! Superb capture! Those are birds! Yikes! You are one brave soul!

  • heeb
    heebalmost 5 years ago

    Also, instant favorite!

  • Normf
    Normfalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your well earned feature in the Canon Vs Nikon group. Well done, great image.

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