I want to fly like a seagull…

Sometimes not every good image is a perfect one.  In this case only one bird is completely in frame, the others are just partially in and only one is sharp.  This is what happens when you are working at trying to photograph a flock of birds in flight.  I’m not sure how photographers who get an entire flock in focus do it but I’m going to keep trying!  The only way I got this image at all was to focus on the one bird and just follow it.

Locked on and panning; swivel at the waist or something like that.

But why do I really like this image?  It’s the positioning of the birds in the frame.  That appeals to me for some reason.  What do you think of it?


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18 Responses to I want to fly like a seagull…

  1. yuri rasin says:

    It’s a great capture Teri! Well done

  2. Erwin Foo says:

    The photo composition looks great! 🙂

  3. This is really appealing, Teri. Nice work.

  4. This is a wonderful shot.

  5. shoreacres says:

    What I especially like is the way your three unfocused birds form the background for the focused one, without distracting from it. I suspect that the same photo, with all the birds in perfect focus, wouldn’t be as appealing.

  6. Deb says:

    The focus blur provides a sense of depth in the photo. I also like the way the first and last bird is captured. Reminds me of that grand old mobile game – snakes. How the snake used to exit from one side of the screen and enter back from the other side 🙂
    Is motion blur (not focus blur) accepted in bird photography? Like, would it give a sense of motion, or would it spoil the picture? Was just curious if you tried that in your bird photography. Most bird photographs I see are set in sharp focus, freezing the bird in mid air.

    • Photography is so subjective. In the end it’s what you want to create/your subject to look like so there is no spoiling of an image if you do want motion blur. Now if you didn’t want the blur then that’s another story unless you look at it and think it’s good after all! I’ve been going for the freeze in mid air look and any blur was by accident but I have done deliberate motion blur with subjects like runners or people on bicycles. And the game snakes…that is a cool analogy 🙂

  7. Nancy says:

    I like it better this way! It gives the capture depth.

  8. Lavinia Ross says:

    The image gives a feel of depth of the flock. I love black and white for its definition, anyway. Nice image!

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