Gossamer Grace

© Gary H. Minish

Gossamer Grace

Murry Grigsby 6/6/2003 11:45:43 PM

I hope that's all he did when he was over your head, Gary. Perfect timing, very nice composition and I really love the translucent wings. Very graceful image!! #38670

Oksana Pashko

Just wonderful shot, Gary! #110358

Leanne M.E. Boyd

A wonderful image. I admire how you birders do this. #110363

Joy Brown

Awesome image, Gary! #110400

Colette M. Metcalf

Great capture Gary! #110409

Shirley L. Carpenter

What a beautiful image Gary......I love this one....... #110460

June Marie Sobrito

Beautiful! Great detail and motion! #110476

Judith G. Secco

Wow, what a fantastic catch here, Gary. Wonderful shot.
Judy #110488

Patricia Marroquin

Excellent capture, Gary! I didn't see any of these; they're gorgeous. #110495

Gary W. Lake

Gary, as much as I love the beautiful images of Alaska you post I think this is the best shot I've seen you post since I've been hanging out here. I think you have a winner with this one! Great capture & composition. Just enough blur to show motion and yet outstanding detail too. I love this shot. #110513

Mark Oxley

Hi Gary, I totally agree with all thats been said!! The composition, timing, exposure and choice of shutter speed are all spot on. Not easy to achieve in the split second you get to bag an image as good as this!! #110537

William C. Raco

I agree that this will end up with a winner's title.
The pose and sky color are perfect.
Love this one.

bill #110553

Connie L. Carpenter

Wonderful work, Gary... dynamite image. #110855

Gary H. Minish

I'm very glad you all enjoyed the beauty of this bird as much as I did!

I wish that I could take credit for a calibrated eye, split second reactions and precision settings....but unfortunately it was a much messier process than that. These birds were upset that I was too near their nesting area so they were making passes at me at high speed and occasionally hovering for a split second. I tried to track them in the viewfinder and with the LCD display but both were impossible and all I ended up with was bits of tail & wing or blank sky. What I did get was blurry because the camera couldn't focus fast enough. I finally ended up setting the aperature at 8.0 to get as much depth as I could and spot metered on the sky to set the aperature. Then I pre-focused on the ground because that's about how close they were coming, and just lined them up over the top of the barrel like skeet shooting when they dive bombed me. I ended up getting quite a few in focus and in frame this way. This is the one I liked best and the composition took place during the crop from a slightly larger frame than what you see here. #110889

Tracy L. Kolisnyk

What an amazing shot Gary! Sounds like a messy situation but you got a great result in the end. :) #111189

Murry Grigsby

Very resourceful and good tip on the pre-focus, Gary. #111198

Leanne M.E. Boyd

Your hard work and patience won, cause this shot is fantastic. #111204

Gary H. Minish

Thanks Tracy, I appreciate your comment :-)

I also just noticed that I made a typo in my explanation: I set the aperature at 8.0 then spot metered on the sky to set the 'shutter speed'.

Thanks Murry! It's something I learned from my homesteading childhood. If you don't have the right tool or skills you simply figure out a way to do it with what you have :-)

Leanne; Thank you very much! Between the picture itself and all these great comments on it, the rewards are well worth the struggle!


Cathy M. Gromball

So beautiful and graceful! Wonderful shot, Gary!

Cathy :) #111569

Gary H. Minish

Thanks Cathy! I love to watch them when they're not attacking me. They're amazing flyers! #112104

Karen Seargeant


Gary H. Minish

Why thank you, Karen!! #114975

Oksana Pashko 7/7/2003 12:11:47 AM

Many congrats, Gary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #134836

Patricia Marroquin 7/7/2003 12:32:01 AM

Congratulations, Gary! #134875

Gary W. Lake 7/7/2003 1:00:59 AM

Congrats Gary! I stand by my prediction - this one's a winner! #134918

Kathleen Clemons 7/7/2003 4:06:03 AM

WOW, Gary- indeed awesome! Congratulations! #135072

Leanne M.E. Boyd 7/7/2003 5:00:43 AM

Awesome image, Gary - Congratulations!!! #135183

Murry Grigsby 7/7/2003 5:15:58 AM

Congrats again, Gary!! #135240

Wolfgang Dolak 7/7/2003 5:48:32 AM

Oh boy - miles to go down here! Lol!
Fantastic photo, Gary. Just the right amount of motion blur makes it soft and delicate!! Many congrats!
birdie #135349

Mette Vendelboe Allison 7/7/2003 8:11:02 AM

Very well timed, Gary! Congrats! #135634

Jean Papo 7/7/2003 8:36:10 AM

Beautiful photo, Gary! Many congrats! #135698

Elizabeth A. Zibas 7/7/2003 2:08:48 PM

Congrats Gary. Lovely work. I love the catch of the wings in flight. Just wonderful. #136186

Tracy L. Kolisnyk 7/7/2003 3:54:24 PM

Another huge Congrats Gary!! Well deserved! #136266

LJ Corliss 7/7/2003 6:20:49 PM

Congrats to you :) #136561

Ron Goldman 7/7/2003 8:29:37 PM

Congratulations Gary!!!! #136885

Dolores Neilson 7/8/2003 4:40:06 AM

This has just the perfect amount of blur!! What a wonderful avian shot, Gary! WEll deserved! #137208

Tony Gough 7/8/2003 6:50:33 AM

Great composition, beautiful, graceful, well executed and best of all, you survived to tell the story. Congratulations. #137403

Lem Metro 7/8/2003 11:09:13 PM

Good luck in the finals, Gary. Well deserved accolades! #138110

Cheryl Meisel 7/10/2003 9:26:56 AM

OH my goshhhhhhhhhhh Garyyyy this is awesome!!!!!! I love everything about this not just a bird with wing spread here. WOW WOW! Beautiful! Big congrats and GOOD LUCK with this one! Cheryl #139355

Gary H. Minish 7/10/2003 11:50:12 AM

All the enthusiastic support and kind wishes that you have all honored me with, just cements the lesson that patience and perserverence (my wife calls it stubborness :-) pays off! The couple hundred failed attempts and not quite good enough shots are minor consequences when you finally get that one you were looking for :-) Thank you, thank you, thank you! #139444

Jeff Galbraith 7/14/2003 5:41:42 PM

Congratulations on making the finals Gary--what a shot. #142347

Damian P. Gadal 8/15/2003 3:49:15 PM

Well done! Your efforts paid off Gary - Congrats! #168489

Gary H. Minish 8/15/2003 8:57:11 PM

Thank you, Damian! #168687

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Arctic Terns are beautiful birds in flight and this one was backlit by the bright overcast sky as it hovered for a moment over my head.

Uploaded on 6/6/2003 11:39:35 PM

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