Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Frigatebird becomes a Star Attraction

Cruising among the Galápagos Islands, Kevin Spreekmeester spotted three spectacular frigatebirds following along. "For some unknown reason," says Kevin, "the birds decided to fly just off the sunny side of the ship, which cast their faces in shadow almost the entire time.

"Using my trusty Canon 1Ds Mark II, the shoot was a progression of creative ventures--first, by trying to get as close as I could to capture detail and cropping in various ways with my 24-70mm 2.8 lens. I put the Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo on with one thought in mind--saturate my image a little and try to slow my shutter speed a bit.

"After playing with shutter speeds for a while, I decided to try framing one bird in front of the sun. I went to an aperture of F22 at 1/250th of a second to get the sun's rays coming out from the bird's wing. I figured on some sun spots, but I had no idea an image as visually exciting as this one frame would result. Did I mention it was also a lot of fun?"