Thursday, December 27, 2007

Seagulls (1)

During a trip to Nagasaki last weekend we took a short ride on a ferry. As usual, where there's a combination of the sea, ships, people, and food there are usually a lot of seagulls flying and hovering around. There were so many that I figured it would be a simple matter to snap a few half-decent pics, but I soon found that the constant motion of the birds made this an almost impossible task.

In this post and the next I'm putting up six photos that I took, six out of over a hundred! I've mentioned before that I don't consider myself to be a "real" photographer (i.e. in any "professional" sense of the word), so I apologize if others don't quite share my enthusiasm for the photos I post here. Having said that, however, I think that my skills are slowly improving, especially in working with the "raw" pictures to turn out something that's (to me, at least!) pleasing to the eye.

Anyway, here are the first three (click to enlarge):


  1. Awesome. Why do they make me nervous? Oh, yeah, Hitchcock.

  2. These are brilliant! One doesn't realise how tough it is to take shots of birds in flight - really well done.

    And I'm glad I'm not the only one to take hundreds of pics to get a handful of decent shots. Oh I so love digital!

  3. It just so happens that loving pictures of white birds in flight is one of my things.

    And having taken many very bad photos of birds in flight, I can truly appeciate how good these are.

  4. Glenn,
    Thanks, and yeah, I know what you mean!

    Thanks! If it weren't for digital I'd be broke!

    Thanks! Actually the "raw" shots were not particularly interesting. It took some tweaking (curves, brightness/contrast, etc.) and some liberal cropping to get these looking like something I'd want to post.