Layson Albatross In-Flight - Midway Island, North Pacific
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Obviously, with a lot of birds in the area there are lots of opportunities to shoot those birds. Taking in-flight shots are also a dime a dozen throughout the day on Midway Island. Once you get to a spot and check out the situation, you quickly get the impression there seem to be unmarked highways in the sky in that that birds seem to follow similar routes. I'm not saying all bird species are like this but these Layson Albatross seem to follow very similar patterns, or it was the same bird flying by time after time after time. Hmmmm, no. Nah, that probably wasn't what was going on.
With a good spot, you can pick the background and wait for the right bird to fly into that background. That's exactly the situation here. Since the sun was so high and shadows can really be a problem, you minimize those problems by shooting directly away from the sun--i.e. have you shadow pointing in the direction you want to shoot. When you're setup, you can simply wait for the right bird and follow it into the shooting area like it was heading for a trap. Easy peasy. Hmmm, easier said than done in the end.
Oh, another good thing to do is using a wide aperture to narrow the apparent depth of field. All those little white dots in the background are out of focus birds. This technique tends to isolate the subject which is clearly this bird passing right in front of me.
Epic Trip To Hawaii NovDec 11Layson Albatross