biloxi lighthouse

biloxi lighthouse

..walking westwards towards the biloxi lighthouse and saw these funny looking birds (i can’t name them) staring out at the sea.. the funny thing was that while approaching them, one bird (the leader, i suppose) would quack or squalk..or whatever birds do, and tell the others that an intruder is approaching them, so they would take to the air one by one (like a sheet of cloth) and slowly land farther away from me (again, like a sheet of cloth).. this went on for about 15 minutes, and i was still thinking of a way to capture the “flow”.. (**i’ve added an extra crappy post below of what i was trying to achieve) well, i gave up and screwed in a telephoto and ended up with this one instead..

From afar

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model Canon EOS 40D
exposureTime 1/1600 s
fnumber f/5.6
focalLength 117
13. January 2009, 00:00 hide details Posted in: Architecture, Landscape, Nature, Photos Tagged with:

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  1. lol! what a funny story Rian! :P but this one shot is nice. love that one bird flying over on top of the others. really cool shot! ;)

    claireJanuary 13th, 2009 at 00:22
  2. lol! thanks, it’s a nice way to spend the afternoon.. ;)

    RianJanuary 13th, 2009 at 00:27
  3. The ones on the ground look like they are attending a conference.

    navin harishJanuary 13th, 2009 at 04:20
  4. Fascinating picture, I know it’s been said before but I’ll say it anyway, reminds me of the movie The Birds. Love the lighthouse in the background, excellent capture.

    John MaslowskiJanuary 13th, 2009 at 08:30
  5. i didn’t realize the bird flying above was a bird… neat shot rian!!

    Elaine-January 13th, 2009 at 09:20
  6. such an interesting shot, well done.

    RobinJanuary 13th, 2009 at 09:42
  7. I like everything about this one. The focus on the bird in flight, the flock just beyond, and of course the lighthouse in the distance are all wonderful elements here.

    LaurieJanuary 13th, 2009 at 10:26
  8. Both are good shots…nice job capturing the lighthouse in the back of the larger shot. The one thought I had was this is when you need a random kiddo to run through the frame to help the sheet of birds fly up and back at the same time catch the kid’s delight.

    HessJanuary 13th, 2009 at 10:36
  9. What a cool frming .. well done

    KlausJanuary 13th, 2009 at 10:52
  10. A fine shot of the collection waiting for the signal to move away! I like the setting of the lighthouse for the shot. Nice image.

    donJanuary 13th, 2009 at 11:43
  11. Great moment and timing. Love the flying bird.

    NickJanuary 13th, 2009 at 11:52
  12. Great capture!

    SusanJanuary 13th, 2009 at 11:55
  13. Cool shot, love the framing!

    Ashish SidaparaJanuary 13th, 2009 at 12:02
  14. I enjoyed reading your story of how you got this shot! It may not have been what you planned but I think it turned out GREAT!

    AndyJanuary 13th, 2009 at 12:50
  15. I really like this shot. The foreground of sitting birds, the pelican overhead, the lighthouse, and even the street lights behind it. For whatever reasons it reminds me of a band or music. It has rhythm and each object is playing its own part and it’s not taking away from the overall feel. Sweet.

    DarriusJanuary 13th, 2009 at 13:03
  16. I appreciate your keen observation:-)

    Abhijit DharmadhikariJanuary 13th, 2009 at 14:12
  17. great shot!

    Olivier JulesJanuary 13th, 2009 at 17:00
  18. that ‘flow’ you’re talking about (almost like a cloud of birds) is really hard to photograph. i’ve tried quite a few times. some people can do it really well but i think it takes patience and a lot of shots. i like both images! especially that pink light in them.

    micheleJanuary 13th, 2009 at 17:55
  19. If at first you don’t succeed try try again or screwed in a telephoto. Its always been my motto. :) Love the shot!!

    Terry H.January 13th, 2009 at 18:54
  20. well… i like both shots. the posted one has a nice stabilization to the flying by bird, the linked photo is nice because it captures the whole scenery. Nice! =D

    LiangJanuary 13th, 2009 at 19:26
  21. Love the in flight capture. We always referred to them as gulls, but maybe the locals call them Terns?

    sherriJanuary 13th, 2009 at 22:03
  22. Great image, great composition and I really like the focal point and the use of dof here…

    And you know I got a thing about birds… ;)

    Well done.

    IvarJanuary 13th, 2009 at 22:47
  23. Nice! Love that foreground bird. Good shot.

    Michael PaulisonJanuary 13th, 2009 at 23:02
  24. Great timing, Rian! The flying bird is perfect!

    RolfJanuary 14th, 2009 at 05:51
  25. Good shot. OK, these birds are stupid.
    Love the pink tones of the picture, the lighthouse is lovely

    DenisJanuary 14th, 2009 at 07:45
  26. Very, very good action shot, congratulations, godd eyes and reflexes.
    You composed with life!
    SwissCharles

    PhototherapyJanuary 14th, 2009 at 16:38
  27. Excellent shot and a good contrast between nature and man-made. Love the flying gull in the front of the shot.

    David H-WJanuary 14th, 2009 at 18:14
  28. Funny story, but no leader for birds, just a sort of communication while facing what it seems to be a danger. You’ve got the first one “taking off” …

    martialJanuary 15th, 2009 at 08:48
  29. I hope that bird poops on the ones on the ground! Serves them well for pooping on my car all the time! ;)

    Arjan - PlasticDaisyJanuary 15th, 2009 at 17:16

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