Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gull No. 4


Pentax K20D
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
1/1000 f9.5
ISO 400

This gull is the same one captured below, that photo taken a split second later. Today's seems to be technically better than the first, partly because the focus seems to be absolutely perfect while the other is ever so much a smidgen off -- and partly because the gull's position in relation to the sun enabled the light to capture more feather detail. The low-winged pose is slightly less dramatic than the high-winged one, however, so maybe it's a wash which the better picture is. What do you think? (Click on either photo for a larger version.)


Anonymous said...

Can't tell any difference in sharpness between the two gulls -- they both look fine to me.

But I think there is more tension in the second photograph, the one with the gull's wings on the downstroke. The viewer's angle is slightly better, too.

Pilot Pete said...

My vote's for the high-winged gull. But both are good shots.

Pansy said...

High wing. But it was a difficult choice.