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Old 6th July 2011
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Gannet Sequence



After photographing gannets at Bempton Cliffs (e-3, 70-300, monopod), I found a sequence of one bird coming closer, then veering off and going back the way it had come.

This is a first go at putting all seven shots together using PE2 (sorry it's such an out of date version); because I hadn't anticipated doing a merge, I hadn't set a fixed exposure, so the background (sea) varied from shot to shot. Having merged, I made a layer of the gannets and replaced the background by a section of sea from a further photograph. Although I'm quite pleased with the technical side of the job, the result to me lacks impact. Any comments / suggestions?
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Re: Gannet Sequence

Nice , would like to see some of the individual shots.
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Re: Gannet Sequence

well done...very nice
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Re: Gannet Sequence

As requested, a few more from the session.





The first two are part of the merged sequence, the others are random images.
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Re: Gannet Sequence

Missed these earlier.
Fantastic shots, I like the sequence very much but the individual shots are really beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Gannet Sequence

Many thanks for posting these extra shots I am impressed.
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Re: Gannet Sequence

The merged sequence adds value and could have been taken for real, making you believe the photographer spoiled with extreme luck with the birds perfectly positioned until you realise the same bird is replicated.

Anyhow, the pictures of the birds in flight are really good.

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Re: Gannet Sequence

Lovely images of birds in flight, I especially like the close ups. You've nailed the exposure beautifully, I always seem to get overexposed sky or dark birds. When I actually get something in focus with my 70-300 I'm pleased but to get 8 shots in quick succession like that I'm in awe, I'd have definitely mised one and the lens would have gone hunting focus and the bird would be gone.
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Re: Gannet Sequence

Thanks for the comments. One of the benefits of Bempton is that usually the gannets are just below you, so the background is sea, not sky. This seems to make exposure easier, with less chance of the backgound burning out. With focus, I tend to use C-AF - but not all the shots worked out right!
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Re: Gannet Sequence

Hello Martin,

Didn't realise you had posted individual images!
Really good work, especially the last shot of the gannet on the cliff - that stands out for me. Stunning birds and everything seems to have come together for you - birds, weather, backdrop and not a little skill from you!
Well done.

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