© Dennis Gay


Uploaded: November 03, 2011


This most co-operative little bird in a great big world is a fine specimen of Phalacrocorax melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant), a very common and widespread Aussie native.

Fuji S9600: RAW, f/5 @ 1/2000sec, 29mm, ISO 80.
Lightroom 2.2 & Photoshop CS3.

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/2000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 80, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 29.00 mm, Model: FinePix S9600


Dennis Gay November 03, 2011

The Making of 'Stormbird':

The ninth in a series of nineteen waterscape photographs chosen by the developers of Coast Apartments in my home town of Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia. The large black and white prints grace the walls of the foyers, gymnasium and lift on permanent display in the luxury complex.

The shot was made at the south end of Shelley Beach in Port Macquarie, Mid-north Coast, NSW, Australia on a wild and woolly day.

The series gives the viewer a journey from the Hastings River, that runs through the town and down the coast to The Gap at Diamond Head Beach in the Crowdy Bay National Park #1420259

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe November 03, 2011

Outstanding composition, capture and tones! #9781238

Tad Bowman level-classic November 03, 2011

Love the mood in the photo. Really nice job. #9781432

Robert Jensen November 03, 2011

Another superb capture #9781506

Carla Capra Anderson level-classic November 03, 2011

G'day my Aussie Friend!
I really like the light shimmering on the wet rock. It leads my eye directly to the flapping Cormorant. The clouds cooperated by providing that space of lightening behind the bird. All working perfectly to showcase him or her.
Very, very nice.
;) CC #9781931

Dennis Gay November 03, 2011

A big Aussie springtime G'DAY to you *Jeff*, *Tad*, *Robert* & *Carla*!!!!

Welcome all to Shelley Beach on this wet and stormy day.

Maximum thanks to you all for your collective review. Most encouraging indeed.

GB Dennis #9781997

Arthur Bohlmann November 03, 2011

What a great image...! Good Job Dennis! #9782365

Dennis Gay November 03, 2011

Bewdy Bottler *Arthur*!

I hope you brought your raincoat for this visit to Shelley Beach mate.

Multiple thanks for the great wrap.

Dennis #9782392

Michelle Alton November 04, 2011

This is a KILLER of a WINNER, Dennis. My favorite so far from this awesome Aussie series. #9782954

Dennis Gay November 04, 2011

Yer a Darlin' *Michelle*!

Good to see the rain didn't keep you away from this beach scene.

MEGA thanks for your extremely inspiring and encouraging capital feedback kiddo.

Dennis #9783070

Wendy M. Hansen-Penman November 06, 2011

How'd you get him to pose like that?! Gorgeous, as usual! #9787717

Dennis Gay November 07, 2011

How *Wendy*?

All my subjects are trined. LOL

Seriously all Cormorants and Darters pose like this so they can dry out. This poot li'l bloke was going to be hanging out to dry like that for quite a while as most of the afternoon was just a miserable drizzle.

Thanks heaps for your "Gorgeous" wrap.

Dennis #9788571

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).

Get Constructive Critiques

Sign up for an interactive online photography course to get critiques on your photos.


Did You Know?

Discussions by Category: You can view photo discussions on various themes in the Community > Photo Discussions section of the site.

BetterPhoto Websites: If you see an orange website link directly under the photographer's name, it's totally okay. It's not spam. The reason: BetterPhoto is the one that offers these personal photography websites. We are supporting our clients with those links.

Unavailable EXIF: If there is no other information but 'Unavailable' in the EXIF (meaning no EXIF data exists with the photo), the 'Unavailable' blurb is not displayed. If there is any info, it shows. Many photos have the EXIF stripped out when people modify the image and resave it, before uploading.


The following truth is one of the core philosophies of BetterPhoto:

I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.

You learn by doing. Take your next online photography class.

Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Dennis Gay.
Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.