O.K. Enough of you two this morning.......

© Michael S. Lazarus

O.K. Enough of you two this morning.......

Uploaded: February 13, 2008


f/5.0, 1/1600, 70-300mmVR @90mm, Miami, DSC_6281.jpg, 8:12 AM, ISO 400

I captured this trio of Royal Terns on an overcast Sunday morning on Miami's South Beach. They are seen here in there non-breeding plumage. These birds were part of a larger group of maybe 50. They are use to people and had a comfort zone of maybe 10 feet. I noticed little identity rings around the ankles on a few of them. The camera was hand-held and this image has not been cropped. I sharpened it along with some other minor adjustments with iPhoto. I also like to shoot with the camera in the vivid mode at this time of day, especially if I expect to see some wild coloring as I did here in the bird's beaks and sky color. Hey............. it's the tropics Mon. Enjoy!

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/1600 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 90.00 mm, Model: NIKON D40


Patrick Rouzes February 13, 2008

Hey, Michael, wonderful capture with excellent detail, lighting, tones/colors, comp & clarity!!! Outstanding work on this, my friend!!!
Cool title too!!! #854346

Eivor Kuchta February 13, 2008

I like when you get down on the birds level. You must have been laying on the ground for this. Great capture of this "discussion". #5492026

Michael S. Lazarus February 13, 2008

Patrick (aka candyman), Thanks for your comment as always!

Eivor, Thank you as well. In regards to my positioning for the shot, I just sit indian style and then bend forward a little. But sometimes, as here, I actually hand held the camera just above the sand and snapped a few off as the camera was all set and I just had to wait for the beep (autofocus confirmation) before depressing the shutter button the rest of the way. It's takes a little trial and error to get things level and framed but it's really not to hard. You can practice with a dog or cat out in the yard or on the carpet at home. You can get some interesting POV shots like this. And hey, it's digital so just fire away. I probably took 450+ shots that morning. #5492133

Aimee C. Eisaman February 14, 2008

Nice shot Michael....just beautiful! I do love this POV. It makes me feel like I am involved with the birds instead of just looking at them. Once again the colors and light are brilliant! #5494917

Michael S. Lazarus February 15, 2008

Thank you so much Aimee. I really appreciate your comments. It's great when someone really picks up on what your trying to convey with and image.

****Note! Please see the new cropped version!**** #5498354

Bill Houghton February 18, 2008

This is a beautiful shot of these Terns Michael. Outstanding job. Thanks so much for your comment on my 'Wild And Free' shot. I appreciate it. Bill

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Bill Houghton Photography


Michael S. Lazarus February 22, 2008

Wow Bill, Thanks so much. I'm very flattered to have received this comment from one of best here! #5536067

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