I was in Bemus Point the day before Thanksgiving. It was another gray day… threatening rain, but I wanted to practice more with the lens I had borrowed from Norm. Took 100 photos … only saved 3… not sure those were worth saving. But hey… Gotta document my progress during the learning curve, right?
I don’t know my gulls at all. Gulls are hard because they change so much from juvenile to adulthood. To be honest, I went over to the Cornell website for a few moments, but then decided I didn’t care enough about what species they were or how old they were. (If it were April or May and I was getting ready for Birdathon, then I might care. Today, I only care about how to take better pictures with this lens!)
The gulls were a blast to watch, so comical in their preening, so graceful in their flight. None of my photos were as crisply focused as I would like. It’s a manual focus lens. I was using a monopod, which helped. A tripod with remote shutter would have been better (hint to Santa). While the temperature was just about perfect – high 50s – a little less cloud cover might have helped, too (hint to weatherman).
If you know any of the species, please enlighten us! Thanks!