Sea gulls remind me of summer vacation. They are nice birds to watch in flight. And they are nasty. They steal ice cream cones from children and can be rather aggressive when food is around. Despite their annoyance, I still love hearing their call – it sounds like vacation. On a boat ride to Telašćica Nature Park in Croatia, people started throwing bread over and many sea gulls started following the boat, diving for the food. It was amazing to see how fast they were flying and how precisely they could catch the bread. And it was a wonderful opportunity to get close up photos of these birds.
It was bright and sunny so lighting was not a challenge. Speed was more of a challenge. The boat was moving fast and the birds were moving even faster and with irregular movements. It took a number of shots, but I was able to get some very clear photos. The bright light and fast shutter speed helped achieve this. I did some light editing in Lightroom, brightening the area where the birds were to further draw the eye to the subject and adding a vignette.
Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF-S 15-85 at 70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000