The skies had cleared and there was plenty of light for a change. I was hoping to get some more shots of the Osprey or Belted Kingfisher that had been there a few weeks earlier. Neither was around that afternoon, possibly due to the two Bald Eagles that had been there a couple days before. What I did find was a flock of Ring-Billed Gulls hanging around the marina and making a mess of the roof.
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Gulls pooping on a roof is not the most interesting photo so I decided to try something different. I set my camera to create the slowest possible shutter speed given the abundant ambient light. I set the aperture to f/22 and the ISO to 200. This gave me a shutter speed around 1/10 of a second. I needed this slow shutter speed because I wanted to capture the birds in a blur of motion.
|1/10 sec, f/22, 300mm|
I was using a 55-200mm zoom lens on my Fuji mirrorless camera, which gave me an effective focal length of 83-300mm. Hand holding this long lens with a slow shutter meant I was going to have camera movement and the background was not going to be sharp. To mitigate this challenge I used one of my favorite techniques. I put the camera on burst mode and made a lot of shots.
|1/9 sec, f/22, 300mm|
|1/7 sec, f/14, 300mm, cropped|
|1/30 sec, f/14, 300mm|
I had fun trying to work with motion blur and camera blur to give a sense of movement across the photo. Next nice day I'm going to have to go back and work on this some more.