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Gannet Dive Series

Gannet Dive Series
Photo Information
Copyright: Hauke Steinberg (MadraRua) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 12] (60)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-13
Categories: Birds, Ocean, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-19 6:03
Viewed: 11740
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A combination of 6 individual shots (fired off very quickly in succession) of a Gannet plunge diving at Smerwick Harbour on the Dingle peninsula, County Kerry.

It took me about an hour to work out how to best get this photographed and capture these shots. Thankfully this Gannet hunted near me and dived every few minutes.
Often enough it was close enough for shots.
I just kept refocusing on the bird, and once it spotted something (you know when) I hit the shutter and kept the finger down.
The Canon 40D shoots 6.5 frames a second. That helped.
I also need good light to get the speed (1/3200s @ 400mm, ISO320, F7.1).
The combination of the frames was done in photoshop

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Really effective use of burst shooting and compositing skills. Cool the way the wings collapse to the body at impact with the water.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-06-19 8:05]

Very nice edition creating a successful effect.
I like the framing too.
Great work.

Excelente trabajo Hauke.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-06-19 11:38]

what a terrific diving-sequence! :-) i believe that was not so easy, i tried to capture diving pelicans not too long ago...
my success was far from yours. terrific pp-job getting the frames into one. well done & best wishes, thor.

Hi Hauke,
A marvelous piece of work here. A nice combination showing the gannets diving action. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Lovely. Excellent detail. A beautyfull colours and interesting composition.
Congratulations !!!

Hi Hauke

Great work. An effective way of showing how these guys work, the PP is very good. Good composition and DOF.


very interesting composition!

excellent capture and excellent timing. bravo really.
thanks for sharing, Hauke. best wishes

almost a misile, TFS Ori

Good shot!

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