johnnyg

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Black Head Gulls

A couple of days ago one of the guys here posted a picture of a Black Headed Gull that was out of focus and I wondered why. I thought this can not be to diffilcult just check shutterspead, open the aperture and shoot. The truth is it's not hard to do, what's hard is shooting the darn thing in the correct position, slightly head-on or side profile as Guy has shown us today ( Thursday ) with his Artic Tern, ( now that's a hard bird to shoot ). I saw these birds from the train today so I walked over to make their aquaintance but they still would not allow me to shoot them correctly so who ever that was 2-3 days ago well done !

Black Head Gulls

A couple of days ago one of the guys here posted a picture of a Black Headed Gull that was out of focus and I wondered why. I thought this can not be to diffilcult just check shutterspead, open the aperture and shoot. The truth is it's not hard to do, what's hard is shooting the darn thing in the correct position, slightly head-on or side profile as Guy has shown us today ( Thursday ) with his Artic Tern, ( now that's a hard bird to shoot ). I saw these birds from the train today so I walked over to make their aquaintance but they still would not allow me to shoot them correctly so who ever that was 2-3 days ago well done !

comments (10)

Cool shot. I've yet to capture a decent bird-in-flight image.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 02:30
Hurray, Johnny! 4 birds in flight and 2 of them in tandem. I think you did a great job!
johnnyg: Your a sweetheart really aren't you. Gin, will you give me permission to print your post of today for my wall ? If yes can you email it to me in the highest resolution that you can, if not I do understand and I'll still love ya. smile

J
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 16 Nov 2007, 04:24
100% correct with the observation J, bloody difficult indeed, put a little bribery in the way of some chips thrown on the pavement and you will soon have them "posing" for you. Nicely captured mate, well done. kind wishes, Neil.
le petit "clic" au bon moment! très belle photo
  • Aussie
  • in a night shift daze
  • 16 Nov 2007, 07:36
4 In 1 is pretty good. I'm still practising the in flight shots and I haven't found it easy at all.
Just to correct your observation my duck is not a mallard, looks very similar to a female mallard but the one posted today is definately a male Pacific Black Duck
Nicely done ! Very good focus !
I like this one. Great sense of movement and the orange beak and legs really punctuate the image. (:o)
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Nov 2007, 18:41
Not bad at all, you have the back one in perfect focus. Then the other flew into the way. In many ways it is about try and try again. There are birds visiting my premises that I haven't been able to corner into a good shot so far.

Neil's advice about bribery works.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 16 Nov 2007, 22:38
Odd, isn't it, how these gulls have winter plumage that loses their black heads!

it isn't easy to get them in flight, but you did it! smile
(... and yes, I saw Guy's tern, it's astonishingly good.)
I've yet to take an action shot anything remotely as good as this, Johnny. I think you've done an outstanding job here!

Reminds me of what my sister said to me one Christmas about my photography when my mother was bragging about my work. She said "yes, Deb can take a picture of anything as long as it's standing still". Cut like a knife.

I likeyed this Johnny because it reminds me that I need to spread my wings, too smile

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camera Canon EOS 5D
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shutterspeed 1/400s
aperture f/7.1
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 70.0mm
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