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    Gannets Galore

    I spent a few hours at a local gannet colony today. I was blessed with fantastic light.

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    Re: Gannets Galore

    Excellent stuff, Mark. They are fascinating birds, aren't they.

    I once sailed around the Cliffs of Noss on Shetland. The site of thousands of these things swirling overhead was quite awesome (what they did on your head wasn't quite so awesome, but worth it).

    You've really captured the majesty and beauty of them in flight. Have you got the chance to get them as they dive?

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    Re: Gannets Galore

    Very nicely done Mark, you really did have some great light. I think the last one is my favorite.

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    Re: Gannets Galore

    Hi Mark, these are all fantastic but I don't believe I've ever seen a perfectly captured head-on image of a bird as good as your Coming At You.

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    Beautiful birds beautifully taken. Great shots.

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    Re: Gannets Galore

    I don't think anyone could better these Mark,

    Well done,

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    Really, really wonderful images.

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    Re: Gannets Galore

    Brilliant set of pictures Mark_great captures and the light is just wonderful.

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    Stunning shots of one of my favourite sea birds

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    Re: Gannets Galore

    Thanks for all the positive comments. I never realised just how quickly they fly. I initially used a 400mm lens on a gimbal mount but it was hopeless. I eventually got these shots "hand held", which really tested my upper body strength. Next time I'll stop the lens down to increase the DOF to try and get waves exploding on rocks behind the birds.

    I took about 400 shots, of which maybe only a dozen are keepers.

    Donald, I'd love to capture them diving. Have you seen how they swim under water? They can get to a pretty decent depth.

    I'll post a few more group shots once I pp them. (Rugby to watch this weekend NZ vs France tonight)

    Cheers
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    Re: Gannets Galore

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    Very nicely done Mark, you really did have some great light. I think the last one is my favorite.
    Agree

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    Fantastic shots Mark - i don't know how you do it !

    Just finished looking at Colin's great Becalmed thread too - looks like you Kiwis and quasi-Kiwis (except for Rugby) are at it again. Is there something in the water there ??

    Cheers Dave

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    Re: Gannets Galore

    Wonderful shots and, as you said, the light is fantastic

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