…morning light is magic…

Head-on Skimmer

The normal flight path of Black Skimmers at Bolivar Flats is parallel with the shore line.  Got lucky with this one as he was flying directly at me.  My 7D did a good job of tracking the focus.  Had to crank the ISO up to 800 to get the shutter speed above 1/100 sec.  Taken just before sunrise while lying on a sand bar with my gound pod.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4x III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/160 sec @ F5.6, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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1/200 sec @ F5.6, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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1/200 sec @ F5.6, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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1/200 sec @ F5.6, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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8 responses

  1. Wonderful control – just the right moment with the beak on the water, and then the shallow depth of field….beautiful!

    February 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

    • Thanks. Appreciate your feedback. It was very cool to see him fly directly at me. Doesn’t happen very often at that location.

      February 18, 2014 at 5:17 am

  2. I love the capture of the water spray in #3, like the position of the head in #4, but am partial to the straight on look of #2 with the colors being a little more evident than the previously noted shots.

    February 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    • Thanks Doug. Agree with your comments. I need to spend some more time on processing the last two to bring out the colors more.

      February 18, 2014 at 5:18 am

  3. A lot of things had to work out perfectly to get those shots. Quite stunning.

    February 17, 2014 at 12:42 am

    • Thanks Lyle. I get lucky sometimes when the stars are aligned properly.

      February 18, 2014 at 5:19 am

  4. Was it a full moon because everything lined up for a great sequence of shots. You really hit the mark with these, good job Tim.

    February 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    • Thanks David. It was a fun time that day with cooperative Skimmers and a calm Gulf of Mexico.

      February 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

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