The (almost) vanishing seagull


YANCHEP, Australia

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Conditions were far from good when I took this – in fact Betty was having kittens and cursing my hobby for all she was worth! But honestly, what right minded photographer could resist such a scene? And then the icing on the cake was the spray almost enveloping the big Western Gull and giving him a ghost like appearance.
We were at Cape Leeuwin, on the far south westerly corner of Western Australia about 440 kms from Perth, parked beside the water wheel on a gloriously rough and overcast day. The rock with the gulls was right in front of me and I was wondering whether it would be worth a photo because the light was Bad and it was drizzling. Suddenly the sun tried to break through and I was out of the car in a flash – wind or no wind, drizzle or no drizzle, this was my chance. There was no time to erect the tripod – I leaned back on the bonnet of the car and proceeded to fire away and it was only afterwards that I realised I had not given a thought to aperture or shutter settings. However I was on aperture priority so all was well.
How many of us, I wonder, do exactly the same in order to get that one magic photo? Most of us, I bet!
Camera was my Sony Alpha 350 dslr
55-200 lens with cp filter
Aperture priority – f8.
hand held
As will be pretty obvious, I also did a bit of post processing to bring some contrast into what was an almost washed out sky and also to sharpen up the ocean slightly (I have never been one for “milky” looking waves)

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