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on Mar 18, 2011 in Wildlife Photography

Never, Ever Enough!

The Red-footed Boobies are absolutely great fliers that just suck me in for hours upon hours. Then I remember to put the lens to my eye. On Kauai at the lighthouse, you can do just that and it’s great! And watching other photographers, this is the photograph they seem to be trying to capture. The basic sharp flight shot.

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And there is nothing wrong with that, not one thing. You can see on photographers faces when as they chimp how well they did in their photographic attempts. There is nothing better then to see a smile as they chimp. But being me, I looked over at the monitor and wanted to shake the photographers and say, “There is so much more!”

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The problem is, I didn’t have the shot to show what I was thinking. While this bottom shot does begin, barely, to show off the expertise and elegance of these goofy birds in flight, it’s not they shot. The shot is this amazing graceful bird soaring just inches above the rough surf just below. No matter how I tried today, I couldn’t get that shot. I’m going back though and if I’m lucky, I’ll have it to share with you later. The point is, while the basic image that is sharp is good start, don’t stop there. Push, push, push!

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film