As you know I had been away from posting here for a lengthy period of time until just recently. This is a small sampling of the many projects I worked on while I was away during that time.
The Atlantic Puffin spend most their lives at sea in the open North Atlantic Ocean and only return to the shore to breed, often in large colonies. They usually return to the same nesting locations along the North Atlantic shore.
Nikon D800, AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR, TC-17E II 1/3200s @ f/6.3, ISO 400, EV -0.7, aperture priority tripod, LR4 & PS CS6 post processing
Nikon D800, AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR, TC-17E II 1/2000s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, EV -0.3, aperture priority tripod, LR4 & PS CS6 post processing
Nikon D800, AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR, TC-17E II 1/1600s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, EV -0.7, aperture priority tripod, LR4 & PS CS6 post processing
Thanks a lot Jim. Now if only I could get a Kingsfisher and a Black-crowned in the same light as these with the same quality as those of your shots. I'm going to have to work on getting out there with you and achieve this goal; one that I've spent so many years trying to get with no success.
** Are there chicks/ducklings at the Red-necked Grebe nest yet?
Fri 21-Jun-13 05:06 PM | edited Fri 21-Jun-13 05:08 PM by Gerard Pas
Where do I begin? How about a very modest but heart felt thank you to all of you for your positive words and for commenting on these images. I am humbled indeed!
If after technique our craft is about light you can certainly tell from my shutter speeds that I was blessed this day with absolutely ideal circumstances (for birds) and I was. I only had a half day to do this shoot so I spent some serious time planning it; i.e., being there at the right time for the breeding season and more pragmatically being there with the sun to my back on that day. That said Newfoundland can sometimes have some very foul weather, where as an island in the North Atlantic it rains a lot; I was truly blessed that perfect day. There were whales jumping all around me in the waters below at the same time I photographed these birds = a view of heaven really.
Again thank you all so very much I am so buoyed and encouraged by all your very kind remarks, it makes it all worthwhile.
Sat 22-Jun-13 04:24 PM | edited Sat 22-Jun-13 04:35 PM by Gerard Pas
I thought it might be interesting for you to see the environment in Newfoundland from where I did this work: Atlantic Puffin breeding colonies at Elliston, Newfoundland.
To give you an idea of scale and habitat I have included these images, one of me photographing the previous images and a landscape shot very near by. Between me is a large chasm that falls some 10-15 metres into the ocean. The Puffins are seen on the tops of these small islands where they make their nesting burrows during breeding season. __________________________________________
This image was photographed by my assistant using a Canon S100
Gerard, thanks for this post of a beautiful sunset and for the Elliston one. Good stuff, and I can just imagine some of the brutal weather that storms thru. (Is the flash extender a regular part of your birding rig?) Regards, stan
The flash extender wasn't needed for this day but I just like to leave it on so that I am conditioned to carry it. I'm afraid that my weak mind will forget otherwise and I'll smash my flash into a tree while carrying it in the woods. I also like to have it in the event that a bird where to land close by and behind me being backlit I'd be ready.
Not much one can add to the comments you've already received Gerard; gorgeous set, love the transition from portrait, to individual then group shot. Also enjoyed hearing your stories on how you captured these shots. Great to catch up with you and Jim yesterday afternoon/evening, always a pleasure.
I can't add a single thing to what others have already written, Gerard, except -- thanks for posting! You've cranked up my desire to get to Newfoundland another notch (or two!). Take care, CK Nikonian in Ontario, Canada
Mon 08-Jul-13 01:59 AM | edited Mon 08-Jul-13 02:00 AM by qanik
Gerard what a lovely series and as noted that first shot is fabulous - you have been the catalyst after looking at your pictures my wife and I are making plans to go cross Canada to NFLD, when were you at Everton or what would you suggest as an optimum "puffin" time many thanks Michael and thanks for sharing and showing especially the add on scenery shots which puts the birds in perspective