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Continuous Shooting

As I, Diane, explained in the previous post, I like to watch animal behavior and pick the moment.  That said, there are times when continuous is the best option.  Like the antics of a zebra taking a dust bath.  Sometimes events happen so quickly (like seeing a cloud of dust that might have action) it’s hard to follow with your eye, let alone pick the moment. And there were many to choose from, a real bonus.

Zebra taking a dust bath.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Bob writing, now… I was crouching on the edge of a cliff where puffins are flying in from the sea with little fish to feed their young in burrows very close to where I am standing, but also spread out along at least a kilometer of cliff edge.  Birds were coming in from the sea in a steady stream.  They knew where their burrow was, but I didn’t.  As they approached the cliff edge, they would suddenly pivot and fly parallel to the cliff, looking for an opportunity to land at their burrows.  They fly like little bullets.  From the time they make that turn to the time when all you can see is the backside is a matter of 5 to 10 seconds.  One has to “lock on” to focus as they approach, follow the turn, and then make a batch of continuous releases.  Assuming your follow focus holds (and it does more often than not with current technology) you’ll get to pick from several images.  If you get really lucky, like I did in this image, the puffin will make one more turn toward you to land at a nearby burrow.  Then instead of a sideways image, you get more of a head-on shot!

© 2018 Bob Harvey

 

It’s important to build your skills at recognizing and capturing unique moments. There are times when your eye can’t follow the speed of the action and continuous exposure is a great too.

Botswana, Fish Eagle coming in for the catch.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

The next frame on continuous!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Alaska Bears – who gets the next salmon?
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Zebra wars
© Bob Harvey

Understand that there are times when you are in a quiet place and rapid fire could disturb the wildlife and/or your fellow travelers, causing you all to miss the shot.

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Iceland Adventures 2018

Iceland November 2018 Wildbunch Adventure – November is the time when there are very few hours of daylight, but the angle of the sun is low and dramatic light is available longer.

Iceberg that was washed up on the beach.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s also cold enough that ice caves are available for exploration.

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s a time when you might find the aurora borealis.

Milky Way with aurora
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Winter scenes can be very exciting with low sunlight. The blue in the icebergs become more saturated in cloudy light.

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Iceland July 2018 Adventure – July is a time when you can photograph all day and most of the night in daylight.  It’s a time when birds come to the island to nest. The scenery is vibrant green, and weather changes offer great photo opportunities.

Puffin bringing food back to the nest.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Loons
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Macro inside an iceberg
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Glacier coming out of the fog
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

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Iceland Photography Adventure

Post 1 – Puffins! Our July 2016 adventure was a Puffinfest.  Puffins flying. Puffins fishing.  Puffins don’t tell fish stories, they just proudly show you the catch and let you photograph.  Then when you are not looking, they go feed their babies (they don’t want you to see their burrow.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Okay, sometimes they brag a little. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Okay, sometimes they brag a little.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Sometimes on a rainy day it's hard to fly down to the ocean and get wet. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Sometimes on a rainy day it’s hard to fly down to the ocean and get wet.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Great skuas, which love baby puffins and terns, are fiercely protective of their own nests.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Our guide Siggi found out how protective they can be. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Our guide Siggi found out how protective they can be.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Baby skua knows it's invisible! © 2016 Bob Harvey

Baby skua knows it’s invisible!
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Arctic terns seem to always nest in the wrong places.  But when they nest close to the glacial lagoon, we get to see them on the ice, waiting for the fish run.  Then they fly and dive.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Don't mess with my baby! © 2016 Bob Harvey

Don’t mess with my baby!
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

It seems like only the loons are paddling around family style.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Watch for the next post – ice, glaciers, waterfalls, and Iceland landscapes.

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