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Elegance in Flight  by Butch Mazzuca

July 2024 - Elegance in Flight

About the Image(s)

Taken with my Canon 5D II “ Canon 70-200 @180mm (288mm equivalent), ISO 800 “ f8 “ 1/3200th second.

I shot this White Tern on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific “ As an aside, as the legend goes, Pitcairn Is. is the final resting place of Fletcher Christian of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame.

We were on a very disappointing National Geographic cruise and spent a day on Pitcairn Island “ and I say disappointing because my wife and I believed the advertising that the 7-day cruise would be filled with exploration, adventure and numerous educational opportunities via lectures and presentations. Well, the presentations consisted of movies including the 1935, 1962, and 1984 movie versions of Mutiny on the Bounty. The cruise, while enjoyable to a degree, was all the things we had heard about cruises that we did not want “ more food than you could eat, cliques of people and the ability to go ashore only between hours of 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, not particularly exciting times for photography.

But as the saying goes, when given a lemon, make lemonade. So instead of shooting landscape sunrises and sunsets, I looked for birds and was fortunate to capture a couple of terns in flight from the deck of ship while waiting for a Zodiac boat to tale us to shore.

The skies in the South Pacific are ever changing that time of year and I was fortunate to capture this shot with a rainbow in the background “ so I should not complain. I belong to several photo clubs but haven’t entered this into competition yet, so I’m giving it a trial run with DD - 07.


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