After poor results on in-flight puffins, I stuck to the more traditional puffin portraits.
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.
This shot is from 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.
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Polakowski (1119) 2006-03-21 14:49
Excellent birds portrait.Beatiful colours and sharpnes.
petite (550) 2006-03-21 15:03
Very beautiful picture. I have seen a lot of profile portraits of puffins, but never looking at the objective, or I don't remember. The framing and sharpness are great. Well done,
dyucelten (312) 2006-03-21 15:13
The sharpness and the colors are very good. Well done to you Adrian and well done to your model. :)
tabora (0) 2006-03-21 15:40
Magnifique portrait d'oiseau les couleurs sont splendides et le cadrage extra
Rossignol (2289) 2006-03-21 16:01
Superb character shot of one of my favourite birds. I like the composition, close cropped and with that triangle of grass at the bottom. You've managed to capture the quizzical expression on its clown-like face perfectly.
Keitht (1304) 2006-03-21 17:15
Great shot. The out of focus background frames and complements the colours of the puffin beautifully. The eyes are pin sharp and detail in the feathers first class.
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2006-07-07 15:23
Your focus is razor sharp, excellent DOF. Well Done!
With Greetings from India
thor68 (5586) 2006-07-08 13:44
always good to see my favourite bird.
excellent shot, adrian! :-)
wonderful pose and superb colors, perfect exposure on
the black and white bird, great composition and pov,
maybe just a slightly tighter crop with less of the
blurred green grass in the fg.
beautiful job & take care, thorsten.
ken256 (17) 2006-09-21 11:41
Very nice colours & perfect bokeh! The bird looks very interested in the photographer as well!
- Copyright: Adrian Studer (chicken) (1557)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-25
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM, @ ISO 200
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland 2005
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-21 14:45