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Atlantic Puffin



As with all my wildlife photographs, I try to capture the emotion and character of whatever I'm shooting. The Atlantic Puffin has that in spades. I had a...
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As with all my wildlife photographs, I try to capture the emotion and character of whatever I'm shooting. The Atlantic Puffin has that in spades. I had a blast on Machias Seal Island, in Maine. Can't wait to get back!
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Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 32
People's Choice in Beauty of Nature Photo Challenge
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Around the World Photo Contest By DiscoveryTop 20 class
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Above Or Below Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Covers Photo Contest Vol 35Top 10 class
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8 Comments | Report
julie_cavell
 
julie_cavell August 19, 2016
Brilliant shot
cara53 PRO+
 
cara53 September 26, 2016
Seal Island in Maine is an awesome place, love those little birds. Beautiful shot!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots September 30, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz September 30, 2016
Beautifully captured image! Congratulations on your People's Choice Award. This location is on my wish list.
mlorenekimura PRO+
 
mlorenekimura October 17, 2016
What an incredible photo!! I saw these fellows during mating season in Elliston NL but we were still pretty far away
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose March 23, 2017
Pure perfection, amazing details!
Passionatephotographer
 
Passionatephotographer March 30, 2017
Spectacular shot, love the detail in the face.
JB11
 
JB11 April 12, 2018
Nice

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Behind The Lens

Location
Machias Seal Island
Time
Fairly early in the morning. Most likely before 9 am.
Lighting
The island is pretty wide open as far as lighting goes, so for best like you'd need to either be there early in the morning (which you always are because only one tour company goes there) or it needs to be overcast. Otherwise the light can get pretty harsh.
Equipment
Canon 7D Mark ii and Sigma 70-200mm OS lens. There is no room for a tripod in the photo blinds that you would be stationed in.
Inspiration
I've always wanted to see Atlantic Puffins,and this tour provided ridiculously close looks at them, without disturbing them in their nesting habitat!
Editing
Yes, but not much. When you can shoot these beautiful birds so closely, only minor adjustments to contrast, clarity, and exposure were needed.
In my camera bag
I carry two bodies, a Canon 6D and Canon 7D Mark ii. Lenses regularly include Tamron 150-600mm VC, Tamron 24-70mm VC, Canon 50mm f/1.4, and Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. Also always have my Lee Big Stopper kit!
Feedback
Travel, travel, travel. The best way to see these amazing birds in the US is to contact Bold Coast Tours and have Captain Andy take you out to Machias Seal. It's an amazing island with wonderful diversity, and well worth the cost to get there! Once there, just about any combination of DSLR and lens will net you some very memorable shots of the Atlantic Puffin, as well as Arctic Terns, Common Murres, Razorbills, and perhaps a couple other wonderful species!

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