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Capturing a Seagull in Flight.

Seagull in Flight.

Seagull in Flight - Over Bournemouth Beach.

Seagull flying over Bournemouth Beach.

Another beautiful, sunny day. Sunny, but cold! I was on the cliff top, waiting to collect Tracey before going on to Eastleigh for a course. Camera in hand, looking out at the views.

There was a seagull in flight, but in the distance. Two more sat on the fence. I put the long lens on. Of course, the two on the fence flew off before I could get anywhere near them.

I looked out towards the Pier. Hengistbury Head clear in the background. Took a couple of shots. Looked the other way. Old Harry Rocks, and the Isle of Purbeck partially hidden by sea mist. Couple more shots. Another one of the beach.

All looking good. A couple of shots looking down on the beach. Then, half a dozen seagulls flew over. Initially, too far away. But, I wanted to try and capture one. Especially when they came in closer.

I am sure there is a tremendous amount of luck capturing a seagull in flight. The exposure was set, it was just a case of aiming straight if one came close enough. Fast shutter speed to freeze any movement, low ISO for colour saturation. Being so sunny, a reasonable aperture, so focusing not quite so critical.

A seagull flew directly overhead. Followed it in the viewfinder, squeezed the shutter at just the right time. Cropped image down slightly. Very happy with the result of my Seagull in Flight.

Photograph Details

  • Taken: 20 Jan 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS II USM
  • Focal Length 200mm
  • F/6.3
  • 1/1000 Sec
  • ISO 200

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