Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sea Gull Attack


Viola said...

Fabulous "The Perfect Moment" shot.

Jim Winters said...


Debbie said...

Great action shot.

Lara Neusiedler said...

wow, wow, wow! what a capture!!!

Shriram INC. said...

hw did u manage to get the shot? fabulous!perhaps supercalifrgalisticexpellodocious

Nezzy said...

Oh my gosh, that's exactly what they look like when ya hold a piece of bread up to them. Hubby always backs off but I let them grab 'whatever' out of my fingers.

You have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

Patty said...

Oooo. You have some mean seagulls there. This one looks like he trying out for The Birds II.

Great photos. Love your choice of shooting gear.

Kat_RN said...

Love it! Did you know the Seagull is Utah's state bird? I know, Utah is a landlocked state, but they have seagulls and it is the state bird. How did you get such a great shot?

Stephen Baird said...

ok, some of you are asking how to get this shot. the short answer is luck! but there is a way to plan to have a greater chance for this kind of luck.
so real quick.
1. go to where sea gulls are.
2. take a bag of bread.
3. throw down a few pieces to attract attention and then wait till you have dozens if not hundreds.
4. before you shoot, place your back toward the sun.
5. bright sunny days will allow you to shoot at 1/1000th of a sec in iso 200 in shutter priority or Tv mode if you have a canon.
6. try to shoot up! to take backgrounds out. squat down and get someone else to toss pieces over your head toward the birds. you want the birds focused toward you.
7. shoot a million shots or at least 400. take breaks and weed out the so-so photos.
8. as the birds approach keep shooting aimed with them in the center. they hover so you can get really crisp shots. BUT, if your camera focuses when you slightly press down ... remember to lift your finger off every couple shots to refocus as the distance keeps changing, especially as they approach! i call it pulsing the trigger, like fire, fire, lift, fire, fire, lift, fire fire, lift. it's habit.
i hope this helps you get better shots than this. either way if you practice this and will be patient to get as close as possible and shoot LOTS! you will split the photographic atom of luck.
nikonsniper steve

Stephen Baird said...

Kat RN!
I had no idea. I wouldn't have guessed that in a million years of american trivia. Check other answers for how I got this luck shot.
NikonSniper Steve

Katherine said...

Wow fantastic! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us Steve!

Anonymous said...

If a seagull like this was coming at me, I would of RAN and FAST. great photo!

Vivian said...

Wow-wee! Best seagull shot I ever did see! I am suddenly reminded of that movie...the birds. Yikes!