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Pelicans and Gulls

Discussion in 'Birds' started by gvk, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. gvk


    Jun 17, 2005
    Mystic, CT
    My wife and I finally made it to California last week to visit with relatives, after two previous flight cancellations due to weather in NY during February and March. While walking along the shore in La Jolla on a bright sunny afternoon, I took some shots of Pelicans and Gulls.

    NIKON D2X    ---    280mm    f/6.3    1/1600s    ISO 320

    NIKON D2X    ---    280mm    f/7.1    1/1250s    ISO 320

    NIKON D2X    ---    180mm    f/7.1    1/3000s    ISO 320

    NIKON D2X    ---    280mm    f/7.1    1/5000s    ISO 320

    All taken with a D2X using a 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-14E.
  2. Glacier


    Jan 17, 2006
    Boaz, Alabama
    All of these are excellent! I especially like #2.
  3. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Very nicely done, Gerry. The inflight shots are wonderful, no nailed the panning and the exposure settings. I tip my hat to you, Sir.
  4. gvk


    Jun 17, 2005
    Mystic, CT
    Thanks for the comments guys. I was able to spot meter on both the dark Pelicans and white Gulls, and adjust exposure accordingly. The only problem was switching quickly from +1/3 to - 2/3 EV compensation depending on which bird was flying by. I used aperture priority instead of manual for these shots since the illumination was changing from front to side lit with the angle of the sun as the birds flew past.
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