March 28, 2014

Break Time

Photograph by Karine Gabrielian, National Geographic Your Shot

"This photo was taken at the break wall at Marina del Rey in southern California," says Your Shot member Karine Gabrielian. "It's a hot spot for brown pelicans, seagulls, and other birds. The excretion patterns that cover the rocks of the break wall create the impression of artwork. The scenery changes every minute: You see birds landing, taking off, thinking, relaxing, and talking to each other."

Gabrielian, whose picture was a recent Daily Dozen selection, says one can spend hours watching the birds. "It's impossible to resist the temptation to take hundreds of photos, even if you're not a professional photographer. Since I'm not a professional, I didn't use any specific technique knowingly. I just put into it lots of emotions and feelings."

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22 comments
karine gabrielian
karine gabrielian

Thank you to everyone for comments. They are all very inspiring!!!!


Linda M.
Linda M.

I am becoming more and more a fan of B & W!  BEAUTIFUL!!!!


Felipe Rezende
Felipe Rezende

it's a really beautiful picture!! I love black n white photos.

congratulations @Karine Gabrielian.

Paul Duke
Paul Duke

looks like a great painting or old picture from the 1900's. Amazing world we live in. 

There for all to see if we weren't blind.

Prakaash G.
Prakaash G.

Brilliantly done! the whole setting looks like a scene from a play! More like a burlesque style of play!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The guano going down  the rocks looks more to me like rivulets of water! A really good grey and white picture of those birds preening,resting, and either taking off or landing. A  non pro: photographer has done a great job of it. But putting her heart into what she did,made the difference, I'm sure.     j.e.s........   

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

The birds are beautifully poised.   I never would have thought of poop as art!

Ha Roon
Ha Roon

سُبْحَانَ اللّهُ...(Y)
Greatly Captured...

Ha ROON's Photography


Jamie S.
Jamie S.

It is a nice photo, however I never would of guessed it was Southern California!

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

The black and white makes this photo very much more effective. Very nice.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

After fishing on the silver sea, preening on the rocks.


One bird's guano, is another person's art.  If you don't agree, it just goes to show how little you guano.

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