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Pacific Gull

Pacific Gull (Image ID 44887)
Photographed byDavid Seymour on Wed 14th Oct, 2020 and uploaded on Sat 20th Feb, 2021 .
Resolution1800x1200
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ID44887
CommentThis BIF shot appealed to me for a number of reasons. A slightly oblique panning shot simplified tracking and ensured sharpness. The attractive warm direct light on the bird contrasts nicely with the shaded slope in the background. From a choice of several frames, I preferred this wings-up posture for several reasons: it gives good shape to the subject; the lighting nicely picks out the white leading edges of the wings, giving a rim-light effect; and the trailing edge of the near wing is nicely backlit.
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D IV EF 400 f/4 DO IS II + 1.4x TC III, handheld 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 with Neat Image plugin for noise reduction. A small amount of blur was appliwd to the background to de-emphasise distracting elements. Final sharpening after size reduction to competition submission dimensions.
LocationMarion Bay spit, southeastern Tasmania, Tasmania
Keywordsin flight, adult
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