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I photograph seagulls (AKA $hit-hawks ) in flight with the following purposes:
(1) Learn a bit about BIF shooting techniques. (For that I use pijuns more often these days )
(2) Test photography gear, which is very practical for me because the birds are plentiful in my area, and their flight is largely predictable and repetitive which are really prerequisites for meaningful and efficient tests.
(3) Calibrate camera metering on them, just before shooting a variety of similarly white birds such as terns, egrets, swans, etc. (Most of my BIF photography is done in manual exposure mode).
Here are four shots which are a byproduct of some recent lens tests and comparisons.
#2 & #3.....300 f/2.8 IS MkI
Disclosure: These birds were not baited. They flew towards me unsolicited.
Edited on Jan 25, 2012 at 02:36 PM · View previous versions