Bunny Laden  

Northern Fulmar on a Mission, Dundas Harbor, Nunavut Canada  (Fulmarus glacialis) by Bunny Laden

December 2019 - Northern Fulmar on a Mission, Dundas Harbor, Nunavut Canada (Fulmarus glacialis)

December 2019 - Bunny Laden


About the Image(s)

I was sitting in a Zodiac on Dundas Harbor looking at a polar bear in the far distance when I spotted several Fulmars flying over the water, not too far from the boat. There was some mild wave action and I was without a tripod, so I kneeled in the boat and used the side to steady the camera and snapped away. The sun was at a good angle to light the bird.

Lightroom Adjustments:nCrop, clarity, and vibrance; Selective adjustments to the bird, sharpened eyes, burned rump bit, and sharpened.

Topaz AI Denoise
I cropped the image so much that it was noisy. Topaz to the rescue! This is the first time I’ve used this denoise tool, and I am impressed at what it can do.

Equipment and Settings: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 MFT; Lens: LUMIX G Vario 14-140/F3.5-5.6; 1/200 sec at F8.0; ISO 400; Focal length 140

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Bunny, there are several things that really make this image work for me: The color of the bird vs that blue of the water really allow the bird to pop, you captured great detail in the wings, also the movement of water allows you to really feel the birds movement as well. With that said, the body of the bird may be a bit soft but under your shooting circumstances this is a Great capture!   Posted: 12/14/2019 09:05:31

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
I agree with everything Terry said. Birds in flight are very hard to capture, especially under the conditions you shot. My only problem is, as shot, the bird only has one wing. Your post processing was done very well and I especially like the smooth look of the water.   Posted: 12/19/2019 22:33:36
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
The bird was directly in front of me, and the wings were completely aligned. I had thought of it as a lucky shot, but perhaps I can rename it to "the one-winged bird".
:-)   Posted: 12/22/2019 09:24:23

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
Nice bird flying above the sea. But hard to capture.

140 mm lens is not quite enough for birds. You had to crop out a lot and not many pixels remain.

Your settings F8 and 1/200 are good for landscape photos. But not for flying bird. You could use F5,6, because you don't need large DOF. In that case you could use 1/400 or 1/500 and the photo would be much more sharp. Large crop, long shutter and denoise tool has made it soft.   Posted: 12/20/2019 15:47:46
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
You are absolutely correct. I was, in fact, out for a landscape shot, but the bear on the land caused us to have to wait far away in a boat. On impulse, I saw the bird and decided to snap it---no time to set up.   Posted: 12/22/2019 09:26:21

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Good capture of bird in flight. I liked the composition and lighting. The denoise and sharpening tools have improved the image to a great extent. It is interesting that you missed the right wing of the bird completely.   Posted: 12/22/2019 00:46:29
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Yes. The angle was such that the two wings were aligned. Maybe that is precision flying on the bird's part!   Posted: 12/27/2019 17:26:04