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    Posted: 02 June 2019 at 21:41
Visited Skomer Islands in the tip end of south-west Wales couple of weeks ago. It really is rather special since only 150 people are allowed per day (meant queueing for the boat from 6.30am on the day). It is also one of the large colonies of puffins in the country. I always wanted to photograph these wonderful birds and this trip was real treat.

I'll post portraits of these and closeups soon, I have only processed ones in flight for now.

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Cool colored birds en some nice clean shots, like the composition on #1 although you got a bit unlucky on the bokeh. TFS
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Nice series. I particularly like #5. I can remember seeing these as a child on Lundy Island and have always had a fascination with these birds ever since.
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Thank you guys.
Shame abut the bokeh indeed and not a lot I can do but I still like it best
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Hi Anand,

These are really rather lovely images and so difficult to take - I know as I've been on Skomer for these many years ago! Looking at the images, I think you've done very well - the light looked to have been very bright (unusual for Wales!) and that gives you challenges in getting the birds properly exposed but also in trying to reduce unwanted elements in the background and the bokeh that vies for your attention.

#'s 2 and 3 are just lovely 'landing' images and look the best of the series in that respect, though I too am drawn to #5 for the added context in the shot with the addition of the young ferns and the bluebells in there; i'd be very tempted to take that little white spot out on the far RHS though as it's an obvious eye magnet! I also find #6 rather pleasing compositionally; sure, it would have been nice to have had some separation between the birds but one can hardly call them back to give you another fly past! I'd be tempted to see what this looks like with a slightly tighter crop to remove the relatively bright are of water in the lower right - make the birds a little more central I agree but I think they would then become the firm centres of attention in the frame.

I'll look out for the additional images - our next door neighbours were volunteering there (they both do bird ringing) a few weeks ago so it's possible you shared the island for the day!

Thanks for sharing these and best regards,

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Post Options Post Options   Quote maewpa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2019 at 10:27
#2 and #5 for me, although I can see why you'd like #1 best. Great stuff all round though - nice compositions. And who doesn't like puffins? So cute in flight.

Light seems to have been a challenge I guess? White birds can be so tough.

I wonder if you cropped some of these quite a lot and sharpened the backgrounds? Just asking as some of the bokeh balls (e.g. bottom left #4) look like they have cell division going on inside.
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Most interesting set, and it would have been quite a challenge getting such images of these small, fast flying birds.
It looks like there would have been some cropping to fill the frames, and the some of the images seem a tad over-processed on my screen. Nevertheless, there are some real crackers - ##2, 3, 5 and 7 are my favourites.
Looking forward to the on-the ground images when you post them.
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Very nice!
6th I like the most, great backroung color, bokeh.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Almazar80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2019 at 15:08
Thank for posting these pictures. It's always a treat to see different types of birds photographed well.
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A great series of images - outstanding! Love #2!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote JST1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 June 2019 at 22:04
Wonderful work.
It must have been great fun capturing these.
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I confess to not looking at a lot of BIF images but these are fabulous. Some gorgeous colours in the background. Good subjects well caputuer I think.
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Thank you all for compliments, comment and looking. I haven't been ignoring you guys, just been very busy working and what little time I got processing a HUGE backlog!

Some of these are indeed cropped quite a lot (highest being #1 and #4 which are slightly over 2x crop!). #2 and #3 are least cropped of the lot.
Tracking these birds are exceptionally hard especially for someone out of practice for years. I have only got myself to blame really... I hope to go again and hopefully will do better next time

The lighting was a mixed bag, it was hard and sunny which meant plenty of light for higher shutter speeds. At the same time it was in the wrong direction many of the times which meant bird was in shadow.

A few more in flight for now...

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Must be such fun shooting these birds!

Love the wider landing scene in #8.
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