Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bird Photography. The Dance of the Gulls

Step By Step

Go down to the Rotorua Lakefront in the morning  after the sun has risen or one hour before dusk.

Take at least two loaves of cheap  bread,

                   your  DSLR camera, a tripod, a 50 mm prime lens or a 50mm  macro lens

                         Set it on aperture priority, iso 200, low f-stop  (f5) so the lens shoots quickly           
              Camera on a tripod and don't forget to turn off image stablisation

Put your camera on burst mode (continuous shooting)

                                                                       And shoot  away

                    Take hundreds of shots try to get the sun to be at a 90 degree angle to your target

                                          Instruct your husband or designated bread feeder

 To break the bread up into smallish hunks

To throw them high up into the air

 And to be fearless

 about the potential for a Kamikazi gull

 to crash into your face

because the most important thing in a photographer's life  is

to one day get that shot of gold.

In the words of Brian Peterson..." Just keep shooting"

Creative Quote of the day .

For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.”
Richard Bach from Jonathon Livingston Sea Gull

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