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Pacific Gull

Pacific Gull (Image ID 43002)
Photographed byDavid Seymour on Wed 14th Oct, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 20th Oct, 2020 .
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ID43002
CommentA walk along Marion Bay beach with backs to a northerly breeze yielded some good BIF opportunities with large birds flying into the wind, their groundspeed correspondingly reduced enabling easier tracking. This bird is flying quite low close to the shoreline, and the warmth in the underside whites is likely due to reflection from the buff-coloured beach sand. The brightest whites are only just holding in the strong direct sunlight, but I like the partial backlight on the far wing.
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D IV
EF 400 f/4 DO IS II + 1.4x TC III, at 560mm, centre spot servo AF with four expansion points
Manual exposure, 1/3200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1000
Processing: Lightroom Classic for RAW conversion and initial adjustments, then Photoshop where Neat Image was used to apply moderate noise reduction to the bird only, and a measure of blur was applied to the background to de-emphasise distracting elements. Size reduction to web submission dimensions was followed by final sharpening of the bird only using Smart Sharpen.
LocationMarion Bay spit, southeastern Tasmania, Tasmania
Keywordsin flight, adult
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