Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Gull flies on New Year's Day
Is this my best side?
Deerfield Beach, Florida, January 2007 [Click image to see Big Bird]
Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments about my most recent gull picture. You've encouraged me to upload this one.
I've loved this image from the first moment I viewed it on the camera's screen. The gull seems to be posing, almost waiting for me to take the shot. Never mind that he (she?) was flying in a fast-shifting formation of birds that had converged on a spot in the sand where some nearby 10-or-so-year-old boys had left some food in the sand. Somehow, my new bird buddy froze in the sky for just long enough for me to squeeze this one off.
I learned a number of lessons about action photography on this day: 3 frame/second continuous shooting is great for capturing motion but terrible for editing, continuous autofocus is the photographer's best friend (they move...the lens follows), always shoot birds as they fly into a stiff headwind, and sometimes you just need to forget the technical stuff and let your eye and your shutter finger do all the work.
This one's going in a frame. I can't resist.
Your turn: Do you agree that sometimes magic just happens?