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on Jul 2, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

Romancing the Gull

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Watch a gull for five minutes and it will do something stupid. This old adage in wildlife photography can lead to some amazing photos. But few pay much attention to gulls. Why? Because they are so common. But when you start looking at the common and telling its story in an uncommon way, well, it just might lead to something amazing!

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Wildlife photography requires the obvious gear, no getting around that. Then moving the ball forward requires understanding basic biology. Then to insert the romance requires thinking about the light and adding it to the rest of the mix. Shooting down in Florida this time of year, the afternoon thunderstorms are a thing of beauty! With a simple iPhone app like Radar Cast, you can watch the storms form and see the direction in which they are heading. With that, you put yourself in the right place at the right time and you come up with the shot. In this case, with simply the Df and 24-70AFS in hand, we headed to the pier where the storm would pass and where their are fisherman. And where there are fisherman there are gulls. The rest is simply putting the pieces together in the frame, the gulls, the clouds and the light.