Challenge; Farne Islands Photography 20/07/14

by on Jul.28, 2014, under Birdwatching, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Our rearranged Farne Islands photography workshop was a second day out with NEWT for Bryan, and a chance for him to take on the challenge of Puffins in flight 😉  We sailed across to the islands on Glad Tidings IV (returning at the end of the afternoon on St Cuthbert III), and amidst the chaos of Arctic, Sandwich and Common Terns, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Razorbills and Shags we worked on camera settings for action photography, but also on the elusive, almost instinctive skills that need to be developed to capture flight photographs of such a fast moving target.  At one point we swapped cameras, with Bryan taking on the physical challenge of the substantial lump of kit that is a Nikon D300s and 70-200mm f2.8 lens 🙂  As he settled into a smooth panning action, aided by the weight of my camera/lens, and began taking the shot at just the right time, he switched back to his camera with Puffin after Puffin captured through the lens, and I grabbed a couple of shots myself 🙂

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Kim McGowan

    Hi Martin,

    Dad asked me to pass on his thanks for a wonderful day, he had a fantastic time and was over the moon with the pictures he took. He’d never tried to capture birds in flight but was really encouraged by your advice and managed to get some fantastic shots. He would recommend your excursions to anyone – this was his second trip and I’m sure he will soon be booking more. You really do a fantastic job Martin and go the extra mile to ensure that your customers have a fantastic experience.

    Sincerest thanks,

    Kim

  • martin

    Thanks Kim. Great to hear that your Dad had a fantastic time 🙂 Puffins in flight are a real challenge, but he took to it like a fish to water! Hope to see him again soon.

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