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The first couple of times I had the opportunity to photograph puffins I concentrated on getting shots with them on the ground. This time around I decided I would see if I could get a reasonable in flight shot or two, ideally of a puffin carrying a mouthful of sand eels back to the nest.

These are my best efforts from a recent day trip to the Farne Islands, these birds are fast flyers and most of my attempts were out of focus and went straight into the trash, so at the end of the day I am relieved to have even managed to get these. None of them are great shots, but I had fun trying!

These are all cropped to one extent or another.

C&C very welcome...

No.1: No sand eels but possibly the cleanest and sharpest shot I managed.







No.2: Sand eels this time but not quite as sharp as the first.







No.3: Puffins have slightly sunken eyes which makes getting any kind of highlight difficult, no joy on that score with this one.







No.4: Sand eels again.







No.5: I was amazed to find that this one came out in focus, the speed of approach of the bird head on like this was something else.







Thanks for looking,
Paul.





Jul 05, 2012 at 08:20 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Hey Paul. These are excellent. Yeah, maybe one or two are little soft but overall an excellent effort. I would love to have shots like this in my quiver. A small nit and I hope you don't mind: perhaps a bump in the vibrance and/or saturation would enrich the colours of the bird. Well done!!

Alan



Jul 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Way to go Paul...having never seen these in the wild I am always amused by their beaks full of sand eels...its like a kid who grabs everything is sight because of the fear he/she won't get enough. I guess it saves time and they do have the beaks to hold them.
Eric



Jul 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


A lovely series with those beautiful birds. I just looked at a program on TV with those birds on an island outside Wales.


Jul 05, 2012 at 08:34 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


All superb, with excellent sharpness, saturation etc., and nice flight angles.

Richard



Jul 05, 2012 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


These are beautiful. wonderful work.


Jul 05, 2012 at 09:39 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


What a fantastic set , bravo !!

Birdie



Jul 05, 2012 at 09:40 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Excellent job on these, Paul.Not only you got then in focus, but they also are well exposed
2 and 5 are my favorites, but I enjoyed the whole set
Socrate



Jul 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Marvelous shooting Paul, nothing easy about this target and that lighting, you did a sweet job on this very cool bird

Well done sir!
Karl



Jul 05, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Paul:

Mighty fine captures. Ah the puffin!



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Looks like very good efforts to me, Paul.
Chris



Jul 05, 2012 at 10:34 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Great job capturing this little speedster Paul.....


Jul 05, 2012 at 10:41 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Great shots Paul, If you don't mind may I ask what lens you were using? I'm going out to a nearby Island this summer to shoot puffins and my arsenal consist of Nikon 80-400VR, 70-200VR1, 24-70. I was told they come quite close and was hoping the 70-200 would work as it is sharper and easier to handle than the 80-400.



Jul 05, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Paul

Wonderful set!!! I have seen these guys in flight at Cannon Beach and to get these shots, well I know the difficulty!!

way to go!

Mike



Jul 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


great set Paul


Jul 05, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Nice series.


Jul 06, 2012 at 01:10 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


These are great Paul

Morris



Jul 06, 2012 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Yes indeed Paul, their eyes can be maddening

Excellent job on these. The first is a top notch shot Great job all around!

Tim



Jul 06, 2012 at 01:41 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


Very, very nice!


Jul 06, 2012 at 01:59 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Atlantic Puffins in Flight


I'd be very happy with any of these Paul. We went on a whale/puffin tour a number of years ago, and did see puffins, but they were just a little larger than specks, but boy were they fast ~ Ron


Jul 06, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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