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One of more than a hundred. No cheating, no copy and paste! The picture was taken from a fishing boat returning from Ocean to Ventura harbor. People cleaned their catch and a host of gulls took their share. The air was literally dense of them behind the boat's stern elegantly gliding on invisible air streams created by the speed of the boat. Composing the picture? I would perjure myself - my reflexes were much too slow. I just shot a roll after roll trying to do impossible. Yet, this is one of more than a hundred (useless).

Auto focus, of course. 200mm/2.8 lens. Scanned with Nikon CoolScan IV-ED. Hand mask, feathered 100 pix, to mask off the upper bird; unsharp mask 60%, 10pix radius on 4000 pix width level (autofocus didn't do its job perfectly); resampled to 800 pix width; unsharp mask 50%, 2 pix; curves (red) - slight correction of hue into red in mid-tones and dark regions. JPG level 50.

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