Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Black-headed Gull

I've been spending quite a bit of time over the last few days trying to capture birds in flight (see also Jackdaw, Rook and Red Kite). This Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) seemed an ideal candidate, whirling around on a stiff breeze above a North Norfolk creek crowded with mallard, swans and various geese. Experimenting with various speeds and aperture settings, I eventually twigged that the key is to deliberately overexpose by a couple of stops – the camera falsely reading brightness from the surrounding sky over accurate levels on the bird itself.

All Canon 1Ds MkII


  1. Stunning shots, Tim, as are the ones on the rest of your blog.

  2. Thanks, Dean. Much appreciated.

  3. Well Tim I think you cracked the settings. Great shots particularly no 3. I sometimes also use 'partial metering' to help when the background light.