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Day #6: The Beginning! – A Seagull Landing On  A Lamp In Vaxholm Island

Day #6: The Beginning! – A Seagull Landing on a Lamp in Vaxholm Island

Best Nature and Bird Photos. A Seagull landing on a lamp post in Vaxholm Island in Stockholm archipelago, Sweden. Nature, Wildlife, Bird, and Landscape Photography by Prathap.

The Photo

A Seagull landing on a lamp post in Vaxholm Island in Stockholm archipelago, Sweden.

Story Behind the Photo

I am a great believer of making the best use of the situation and the equipment that I have. Before I bought my DSLR camera, I had learnt almost every photography concept just by visualization how I would shoot a particular scene and how I would compose.

That day I was standing proudly with my first ever DSLR Nikon D60 and the 18-55mm kit lens. My friends were posing every other minute as we went on a one day trip to Vaxholm Island in Stockholm archipelago. I was feeling like a professional photographer as I was getting lot of attention from ongoing travellers and my friends.

After several hours of photographing the beautiful fort, we ended up taking little bit of rest on the island. I was watching the Seagulls as they were going into the waters and coming back to rest on the nearby lamp posts.

After watching for several minutes I could figure out that the Seagulls were following a particular pattern of taking rounds and land on this lamp post every now and then. It was delightful moment for me because I figured out that I would be able to take the landing shot if I could wait for few minutes below the lamp post.

As my friends were in a relaxed mood, I stood right below the lamp post and pointed my camera right up to the bulb where the Seagull would land. Few test shots made me realize that I need deeper depth of field to get the landing bird in sharp focus.

Now everything is set and I am looking right up to the lamp post in anticipation of a Seagull to land and also hoping that it won’t poop right on my face 🙂

Soon after few minutes my neck was aching but I was pretty sure that I don’t want to miss that opportunity. Within seconds I saw an angel landing right on the lamp post with the right pose to set my journey of being a bird photographer.

Thanks to Vaxholm Island, my friends and the Seagull 🙂

Technical Information

Body:  Nikon D60

Lens: AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Focal Length: 55mm

Aperture (f-stop): f/9

Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec

ISO Sensitivity: ISO-100

Exposure Compensation: 0 EV

Metering Mode: Pattern Metering

Quick Tip

It doesn’t matter which camera or lens you have, what bird you are photographing, just enjoy the process and make the best use of situation. You will make memorable (hopefully successful too) photographs for sure.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Photo Story. Have a Great Weekend!

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