Unstaggered Departures

© Michael S. Lazarus

Unstaggered Departures

Uploaded: February 28, 2008


f/6.3, 1/640, 70-300mmVR@70mm, DSC_7636, 8:52AM, ISO200

Report: The FAA is studying the feasibility of modeling future air travel on bird behavior utilizing new flexible aircraft structure designs and airports without runways.

Well, O.K. you may not see that headline in your morning paper anytime soon, but it's hard to argue that mother nature has a far more efficient system for getting her "aircraft" into flight rapidly. I captured these Black Skimmers in this mass departure on Miami's South Beach early one Sunday morning. Unlike the gulls and terns, the skimmers have a much larger "comfort" zone. Here they were startled by a hotel employee moving some lounges out for the day's visitors.

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/640 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 70.00 mm, Model: NIKON D40


Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict February 28, 2008

Great image here, Michael.

Dominick #865239

Colette M. Metcalf February 28, 2008

Terrific capture, Michael!! #5566247

Shirley Sicurello level-classic February 28, 2008

Beautiful - love the motion and clarity. #5566312

Tiia Vissak February 28, 2008

a great capture! #5566693

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic February 28, 2008

I love this one to Michael,the clarity of the birds,it make you feel like you are there.
Grate photo like always.
Ysa #5567492

Kathy L. Clark February 28, 2008

Very cool Michael. wonderful color and wow, the number of birds is amazing. #5568633

Michael S. Lazarus February 29, 2008

Thank you Dominick, Colette, Tiia, Isabel, and Kathy. Your comments are a nice reward for what I do! #5571479

Michael Umbreit February 29, 2008

Michael - Really neat find and capture! I love in-flight shots and this one surely has that covered! - Mike #5572829

Michael S. Lazarus March 01, 2008

Hey Mike, Thanks a million! I love in-flight shots as well as they are so filled with drama. It's definitely a challenge to keep it on the straight and level and get the proper DOF, focus and composition. #5576800

Jean-Pierre Ducondi March 01, 2008

Nice capture Michael. Beautiful motion and lively image.
Great job.
JP #5577687

Robert K. Bemus level-classic March 01, 2008

Great shot of these Skimmers, Michael - just saw your comment on the skimmer photo I recently posted - I "discovered" them last year in the Back Bay of Newport Beach, CA - they are now my favorite bird!
I have a few more photos further into my gallery and also here:
I know what you mean about their eyes! #5580274

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic March 02, 2008

Hey Michael
Another EP GONGRATULATION,good job.
YSA #5582731

November 13, 2008

Very nicely done. The stop action is wonderful #6749040

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