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Puffin landing



Puffin landing, Shteland (Scotland)

Puffin landing, Shteland (Scotland)
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Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More December 06, 2015
Awesome shot!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita December 14, 2015
gorgeous capture
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden January 25, 2016
Congratulations on your Challenge win!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots January 25, 2016
Great shot! Congrats.
rmbgdp PRO
 
rmbgdp January 25, 2016
Congratulations on the challenge win. What an awesome shot. Looking forward to more!!
gatorbait38
 
gatorbait38 January 27, 2016
Congratulations on winning the Photo Challenge. I loved this shot over all the entries. The composure I felt was excellent. It shows the Puffin concentrating on his landing. By following his eyes you can clearly see where he's aiming to land. Beautiful colors, excellent capture. Congratulations!
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lamepaw October 03, 2016
A glorious capture!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson October 14, 2016
Fabulous capture. Just stunning. Well done.
sherrilgraham
 
sherrilgraham April 10, 2017
Great capture of the Puffin! I just love Puffins!
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe December 25, 2017
Wonderful capture!

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Behind The Lens

Location
May 2011 I visited the Shetland as well as the Orkney islands, a beautiful, remote part of Scotland. I loved the scenery and especially the (sea) birds. This photo was taken on the small isle of Noss.
Time
From Lerwick, on the largest isle of the Shetlands, a ferry goes to Bressay. From there my friend and I walked to the other side of the isle where we were picked up by a dingie that brought us to the isle of Noss. At Noss we had to climb the cliffs to have a look at the sea birds and around 13:30 I was able to take this photo.
Lighting
Because I took this image against the sky, the bird became a bit dark. I did some post-processing, as you can read below.
Equipment
In 2011 I did not have a D800, I then used a Nikon D200 with the 70-200m lens also from Nikon. I shot it by hand.
Inspiration
I hoped to catch a puffin flying, so I waited for that moment to shoot.
Editing
I cropped the image mainly because of the composition. The autofocus works best in the center, but there was a lot of sky above the puffin which I did not like. After creating a nice composition I gave the bird a bit of light with Nik Software (Color Efex Pro) to brighten it up and give it more attention in the image.
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
Just sit and wait for the birds to come, they are not that shy, even a bit curious.

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