Day 5 of #challengeonnaturephotography on Facebook. I thought I’d make this a bird day, 3 different species from 3 different continents. I said early on in this challenge that we’d also explore numerous sub-themes or genres, well I guess we might call the chosen image a fast shutter speed, action shot. I was crouched low in a canoe on a lake in Assam Province in India, with the telephoto lens mounted when I managed to get this Purple Gallinule picture. I left plenty of frame behind the running bird as I wanted to get those water droplets splashing around. The shutter speed was fast enough to freeze the water droplets but slow enough to show some movement in the wingtips, a happy compromise.
Among the images I considered but didn’t include in “the 7” was this Kelp Gull which I observed standing on a rock in South Africa. Nothing too exotic about this species, and I guess just about everyone’s photographed a gull at the beach at some point, but I liked how it stood out so clearly from the background. I liked the head angle and the blurred background and had enough time to carefully compose the image using plenty of negative space.
Finally, a lava gull photographed in the Galapagos Islands. This image was captured on 35mm colour negative film shortly before I transitioned to digital. I like the “gesture” of the bird as it screeched and squawked, straining itself to be as loud as possible!
A reminder that there are heaps more photos in my Galleries! As usual, all comments, inquiries or suggestions are appreciated.~KD.