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“Scout” (Seagull) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/10, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

As I was leaving the beach on that bitter day last week, I stopped to snap a few shots of a seagull who was very intently watching the water. It was so cold that my fingers could barely work the shutter and I figured the images would be useless.

Believe or not, I shot this in color, vivid color, but since the sun had tucked behind a cloud, all the tones were instantly muted. And if I had thought anything about it at the time (and I wasn’t so damn cold), I certainly would have made certain my horizontals were indeed horizontal

But seeing how the angles play off each other, now I’m glad I didn’t! 🙂

Just before it began to snow (again) yesterday, I went over to Lynch Park to check out the surf. 

"Breakwater" (Stormy Waves Crashing Over Rocks) Nikon D300, 45mm, F/22, 1/25s, +0.7EV, ISO 200, Color Efex Pro 'Low Key' Filter

As the tide rolled in, it was amazing to see the ocean undulating from relatively calm to thunderous booms! as walls of water pounded against the rocks. I have to admit, on more than one occasion, I needed to retreat or else be caught in the sea’s fury! 🙂

Another lovely day! Blue sky, sun shining and temps in the mid-40’s. Had to get out and enjoy it while I could since, alas, winter returns tomorrow. Sigh

The seagulls were, once again, the focus of my attention but this time I concentrated on single subjects that caught my interest. 

One gull was particularly brave, venturing closest to my lens.

Free of the Old Ball and Chain

“Free of the Old Ball and Chain” (Seagull) Nikon D300, 280mm, F/14, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

While another couldn’t have been more remote, spending most of the time on a far rock. I was quite surprised when s/he decided to take flight! 

Spread Your Wings and Fly

“Spread Your Wings and Fly” (Seagull Taking Flight) Nikon D300, 310mm, F/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 400

I also took another stab at panning and was pretty pleased with this capture: 

Pan's Flight

“Pan’s Flight” (Seagull in Flight, Panning Technique) Nikon D300, 260mm, F/14, 1/160s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

All in all, a good day at the beach. Hopefully, nice weather will take me back there again – soon!

Normally, I wouldn’t have easy access to this private beach but being extremely low tide, it was a fairly short hike over from Lynch Park. Not much activity to be found so I decided to have a little fun with my fisheye lens.

I definitely need more practice with this technique, but seeing as the temps were freezing, I was shooting into the sun and snow clouds were fast approaching, I did the best I could!

“The Dead of Winter” (Close-up of Clam Shell at Rice Beach, Beverly) Nikon D300, 10.5mm F/2.8G Fisheye, F/16, 1/800s, +0.7EV, ISO 320, SB900 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, +2.0EV

Sometimes, I wish another photog was around to capture me in the process – belly side down, flat-out on the sand, as close to this shell as humanly possible, all the while trying to keep the horizon line dead center of the lens!

On second thought, good thing there wasn’t! 🙂

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