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Gannets on the Bass Rock (Part 6) Nesting & chicks

Discussion in 'Birds' started by alanhill, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. This is the only shot I got which shows just one gannet on its nest, this little ledge has room for one only. This bird is sitting tight, probably incubating a late egg or a small chick.

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/400s    ISO 100

    Most of the chicks were at their most attractive fluffy stage.

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/10.0    1/200s    ISO 100

    At first sight this one looks dead, but it's just asleep.

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/400s    ISO 100

    This chick didn't meet its parent's cleanliness standard.

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/7.1    1/320s    ISO 100

    It needed a thorough preening.

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/320s    ISO 100

    This is the last set of photos from the Bass Rock itself. I have one more set from the journey which I will post eventually.
    I must add that I was really impressed with the D200's matrix metering. I was worried about shooting so many white birds in bright sunlight, remembering that I had to bracket widely when I tried to shoot gannets with an OM1 on Kodachrome many years ago. For the first 15 minutes I wondered about exposure compensation and I checked the histogram for each shot - but it was spot-on every time. So I stopped worrying: all these shots needed minimal processing (cropping, tiny levels adjustment and unsharp masking) - the only exception was the second shot in this thread (white down in sunlight and black skin in shadow) which needed some work with curves and a little burning). Well done D200 :smile:

  2. Andyc


    Nov 6, 2006
    South Wales UK
    Very nice set once again Alan. Looking forward to the next chapter.
    Best regards
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