Victorious Re"tern"

© Michael S. Lazarus

Victorious Re"tern"

Uploaded: February 26, 2008


f/5.6, 1/1000, 70-300mmVR@300mm, DSC_7946, 8:01AM, ISO200, Exp Bias -0.33

This photo of a Royal Tern returning to it's group after a successful fishing trip was taken on Miami's South Beach. There are many wonderful birds out there including the Black Skimmers in the foreground which I will be featuring in future photos. I took this hand-held shot sitting in the sand maybe 10' to 15' from them. One of the biggest challenges I face out there is with my camera's focus-mode settings and limitations. There is a trade-off between what I need for stationary captures vs. catching them in flight. Most of my shots of the birds are while they are standing but one will literally just drop out of the sky into my scene occasionally as did this one here. To capture one like this requires a lot of patience (and trial and error). I really enjoy just sitting and observing them as the scene is as peaceful and beautiful out there as you could imagine. Hope you enjoy it!

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: -0.33, ExposureTime: 1/1000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 300.00 mm, Model: NIKON D40


Eivor Kuchta February 26, 2008

Well, your patience paid off here. Isn't it great with digital, when you work the trial and error method? I do that all the time, and come home with lots and lots of pictures in the camera.
Have a great day! #863675

Gail R. Schuett February 26, 2008

Michael..this is a great capture!!
The detailing and color's that you caught are so vivid and real.The main gull in mid-air is so beautiful with the details showing in his wings.I can feel the warmth from the beach!!Gail #5554512

Nikki McDonald level-classic February 26, 2008

Like Gail I love the detail and the light showing through his wing and tail feathers. Great clarity in this capture. I don't think I'd have had the patience you did, but it was worth it. #5558872

Michael S. Lazarus February 29, 2008

Thank you so much Eivor, Gail, and Nikki for your wonderful comments. #5571604

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