The wind kicked up this afternoon, pushing out the rain of this morning. The high thirty to forty mile per hour winds coming out of the south created fast moving, billowing clouds that were drifting in the light. But what caught my eye were the sea gulls skillfully mastering the gusts.
This presented a challenge, what are the possibilities? The gulls were not well lit by the setting sun, but with digital photography, I could experiment and it wouldn’t cost me a cent.
What I was interested in was just practicing. What are the capabilities of the camera? How well will the camera follow the gulls? Will it capture the broad range of luminosities? How will the composition look? This simple experiment would have cost me about $45 in slide film and processing and the results would be sitting in the landfill next week. With digital, I could shoot 120 frames, go over to the computer and delete the 90 percent of the frame that I know will be bad. These conditions are tough, but I can take the shots and test the capabilities.
None of the above photos are that spectacular, their importance is in the experience gained. With the sun setting low, the underside of the birds can be illuminated. This prevents silhouetting. Over expose to detail the birds and you wash out the clouds. So you may have to compromise and decide what your image is all about. Is it colorful clouds accented by a bird or is it a bird with a colored cloud background?
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