Darn are those Puffins hard to catch in-flight. I've shot about 50 frames to end up with 3 usuable shots, this is one of them. While it has a bit of a hapless framing, it very well symbolises how I felt that day. :-)
The most famous place on Iceland for photographing Puffins are the cliffs of Látrabjarg in the Westfjords. However most stories from there are about shy birds and long lenses.
There's a lesser known but much more convinient place to observe these fascinating birds close-up. Hafnarholm, a tiny harbour east of Bakkagerđi (also known as Borgarfjörđur Eystri, 70km on minor but spectacular roads from Egilsstađir), has a few headlands teaming with Puffins. A wooden walkway lets you stroll in the middle of the colony, birds more curious than frightened.
Whereas catching Puffins in flight is still hard (or even harder as they whiz by within a few meters), you'll be able to capture the "Puffin sitting in green grass" postcards within 5 minutes with even the lowliest point-and-shoot camera.
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cpolus (187) 2006-01-22 7:03
Hey, actually there's not much to see on this picture, only half a bird with his red legs. But this is somehow what makes this shot funny in a way, and fantastically unorthodox. Much room for imagination, good color depth in my eyes. Good movement. I like it very much!
Typical chicken note :)
emc (69) 2006-02-04 11:01
Hello, I try to hunt puffins too. It's very very difficult. We can't see him in all his size in this photo but... congratulations!!!!
We can see his legs and wings very well!!!
romanaa (7998) 2007-12-31 8:02
very funny, you made me laugh and relieved - it is not only me who sometimes feel hopeless while taking pictures. :-))
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- Copyright: Adrian Studer (chicken) (1557)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-25
- Categories: Humorous, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM, @ ISO 400
- Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland 2005
- Date Submitted: 2006-01-22 6:00