This turned out to be one of my all time favorite Black Skimmer shots to date. I have a habit of shooting slow shutter speed photos in the mornings when the lighting is not great. My theory is that if I can’t get sharp pictures, why not shoot blurred shots on purpose? In this case, I decided to stay in aperture priority mode and set the ISO on 400 to keep the noise down and live with the shutter speed that fell out from there. In this case it was 1/50 sec.
I’m still not sure what this Skimmer was doing but he would fly back and forth in front of me and then splash into the water like belly flopping. The water would splash everywhere and then he would keep going and shake off the water and then do it again. Got this shot as he was just splashing down and the water made a great reflection. I didn’t realize that I captured this shot unit looking at it on the computer.
Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens, hand-held
1/50 sec at F5.0, ISO 400, + 1/3 exposure compensation, partial metering at 200mm, flash at -3 stops w/better beamer