Wave Walker

Uploaded: March 19, 2008


f/5.6, 1/1600, 70-300mmVR@300mm, DSC_8395, 7:33AM, ISO400

I photographed this gull that was working in the surf off Miami's South Beach looking for some shrimp or crap for it's breakfast. They seem to use their webbed feet to balance themselves as they hoover just above the water's surface as they probe for their prey and then kick to help regain altitude. I made some minor adjustments using Apple's iPhoto. Enjoy!

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/1600 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 300.00 mm, Model: NIKON D40


Colette M. Metcalf March 19, 2008

Terrific capture!!! #881558

Tiia Vissak March 20, 2008

great timing! #5666693

Bill Brelsford level-classic March 20, 2008


Eivor Kuchta March 20, 2008

Great timing, and a wonderful composition. I like the details of water around his feet. You got the light on that spot, and froze the motion of water with the fast shutter speed. Hope your lens is okay. There's an awful lot of salt water drops flying around. #5667590

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic March 20, 2008

Graet capture.
Ysa #5668064

Anita Hogue March 20, 2008

Very cool shot, Michael!!! #5669673

Michael S. Lazarus March 21, 2008

Thank you Colette, Tiia, Bill, Eivor, Isabel, and Anita. Your comments are a great motivation and reward for for the work that goes into producing these images. #5674180

M.Christine Duncan March 22, 2008

Great photo Michael! Wildlife can be soo hard to capture. #5676477

Michael S. Lazarus March 22, 2008

Thanks Christine for the comment on this one. Yep, wildlife photography is a challenge. Perhaps the D40 lacks some of the genetics to excel in this arena (frame rate, autofocus performance) but it can do the job with patience. The right lens has a big impact as well. #5680548

Aimee C. Eisaman March 24, 2008

Another fantastic capture Michael! Great composition, lighting, and title! I never get bored of your sea side photography! Nice Work! #5687438

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