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Puffin portret



Westfjords, Iceland

Westfjords, Iceland
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Contest Finalist in An Unforgettable Adventure Photo Contest
Runner Up in Unedited Photo Contest Vol3
Contest Finalist in Unedited Photo Contest Vol3
Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Vol 18 Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in 500 Colors Photo Contest
People's Choice in Puffins, Puffins, and more Puffins Photo Challenge
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17 Comments | Report
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita January 18, 2016
yay...congrats on being a Finalist. Terrific capture.
Parallel Premium
 
Parallel January 18, 2016
My congratulations!
devonmassyn
 
devonmassyn January 28, 2016
super clean shot, love it!
HelenLewisPhotography PRO+
 
HelenLewisPhotography February 01, 2016
Superb shot of this beautiful Puffin!
BarbaraStorms
 
BarbaraStorms February 03, 2016
Simply beautiful.
fgyurihgy
 
fgyurihgy February 20, 2016
Love it !!
SnowbunnyPhotography Premium
 
SnowbunnyPhotography February 21, 2016
I love these birds! They look so cartoonish.....fantastic! Congrats on the awards. :-)
lightq
 
lightq February 29, 2016
the best
arkatier
 
arkatier September 13, 2016
I love this. So expressive...
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson October 14, 2016
Birds are such amazing captures. This is beautiful.
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ReneeBlake November 27, 2016
Beautiful ! Congrats !
suzukim
 
suzukim March 14, 2017
Extraordinary! just brilliant! you have capture nature!
Matthewdettamore
 
Matthewdettamore March 15, 2017
Amazing penguin picture
Matthewdettamore
 
Matthewdettamore March 15, 2017
Also beautiful
Merlot
 
Merlot May 12, 2017
Awesome image Iris
BessieV
 
BessieV May 13, 2017
Wonderful composition!
Ecampbell7 PRO+
 
Ecampbell7 June 02, 2017
Great shot!

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Behind The Lens

Location
In 2013 my friend and I visited Iceland during spring. In almost four weeks we travelled along the coastline. We also went to the West fjords where this picture was taken. Although puffins can be seen at more places, for us Látrabjarg was the best place. In contrast to the other spots the birds were at land all the time.
Time
I took this photo at half past seven in the evening. It was the day we arrived to the most western part of the country and I wanted to look for the birds. I was very excited that we found them at once. Although it almost started to rain, I managed to get some nice pictures.
Lighting
Thanks to the approaching rain, the light was soft. With a white bird as a subject, that was pleasant.
Equipment
My Nikon D800 with a 400mm lens, also from Nikon. The lens is very big and heavy, but I didn't use a mono- or a tripod. I'm not that experienced in working with it.
Inspiration
When I went to the cliffs I already had this picture in my mind. I really wanted to make a puffin portret with a haze of grass in front. Because of the grass I think it's more mysterious. In order to achieve this effect I used a relatively wide diaphragm (f/8,0), which is pretty wide for this lens at a close distance. I cannot really remember my distance to the puffin, but it will have been like 15-20 meters. I did some cropping, about 50% of the total image. Because the autofocus works best in the center, I removed a part of the image at the right, in order to improve the composition.
Editing
As I have said before I did some cropping. I made some general improvements in lighting, colour and sharpness, because I always work from RAW images.
In my camera bag
A Nikon D800, the 14-24 mm, 105 mm macro, 70-200 mm and the 2x extender all by Nikkor. In special occasions or holidays I take the heavy 400 mm with me. Apart from that sometimes I use a Gitzo tripod or a Manfrotto mono pod, or a bean bag. For my 14-24 lens I've got the LEE SW 150 filter system with some ND-filters and the big stopper.
Feedback
I think it's interesting to make a picture at the same level of the bird, in this case that meant I lay down on the grass with the lens in my hands. Then you look for an interesting composition by searching for the grass, or something else to work as a hazing frame. And don't forget to open your diaphragm, to create that haze.

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