New Photos – Torbay Seagull
A seagull on a headland in Torquay, England.
There are all sorts of photos that sell well as stock.
It’s easier to know the successful ones after they’ve sold a few times.
But what about shooting pictures for the future – is there any way of predicting which can be successful?
For the next few posts I’m going to showcase some new photos – photos shot this year.
Only time will tell how things will work out.
I took this photo on a magical day.
I had gone out with a view to concentrating on the landscape of a particularly scenic part of Devon in England.
Just by chance I saw dolphins and seals in the bay and noticed the gulls flying round the bay.
I noticed gulls frequently perching on this outcrop and of course there was nowhere for them to move except nearer.
From the photographic point of view there are a number of challenges:
Gulls of this type have white heads.
This means that if there is bright overhead sunlight it’s almost almost impossible to get the exposure right – the sensor simply can’t handle the contrast.
Here the overcast day provided ideally diffused light.
Although I was able to position myself relatively close and wait for the gull, I was still at some distance.
This meant I needed to use a long focus lens.
As my position was fixed I preferred a zoom lens as that makes different framing possible.
I used my 75-300 Canon IS Zoom.
This is a good quality lens but I always try not to use zooms at their longest or shortest length where quality often falls off a little.
I was looking for a blurred background but the very narrow depth of field made focussing difficult.
The most important point here is to get the eye sharp.
It’s not easy to choose such a small, off centre area, with the autofocus system of the Canon 5D Mark 11.
I took a couple of auto focus shots but also switched to manual to concentrate entirely on the eye.
So what was I looking for?
A clear, sharp shot, showing the bird as the main subject but with enough extra information to indicate the environment.
This is my first post since about a month away – I seem to have missed one post and my site disappeared from the internet for a few days.
Hopefully all is well now – apologies if these problems spoilt the reading experience.