Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

In-flight skimmers and terns by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

December 2019 - In-flight skimmers and terns

About the Image(s)

How I did it—PSA friends and I were photographing on Anna Marie Island about 1 hr. South of me about 4 yrs. ago. The beach presented us with us with nesting Black Skimmers, Royal and Least Terns. These birds often take off together, fly a 360 degree flight pattern, then return to their take off area. I happened to be positioned perfectly to capture one of the take offs. Tools of the day were my trusty Canon 7D and Canon 100-400 IS f 4.5-5.6 lens, hand held. My settings were 400 ISO, f 8 @ 1500th of a second at 160 mm. I love the contrast of the Black Skimmers and the lighter Royal Terns, including the water and beautiful sky.

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2 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Erik, great combination of skimmers and terns flying in groups. The skimmers are in focus, but the terns are not, but still are clear enough to know what they are, the same as the ocean, creating depth and tridimensionality. Now, at the edge of the frame we have a few amputated birds which creates some tension and distraction. Not being this a pure nature group, I used some of the CC2020 magic to clean the distractions. The c olors are well balanced.   Posted: 12/07/2019 14:03:38
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Guy Davies   Guy Davies
This is another great nature shot, Erik. Isaac's cleanup creates a better composition, though clearly you couldn't do that for a true nature image.   Posted: 12/13/2019 10:50:56