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Seagulls

Seagulls

Venice Beach, California.

A man was feeding a small “colony” of seagulls and we stopped to watch the action.

Note: I always have my Ricoh GR set to Auto ISO but twice now I’ve found it set on 3200. I have no idea how this happened, I’d never set it to such a high ISO manually. These shots would have been at most 200 ISO had Auto been set.

Anyway, most of the images I took were terribly over exposed because of the forced high ISO but I was able to pull the exposure down in Lightroom and salvage these.

One thing I learned is that all the action flight shots I got with both the GR and the Fuji X100T had too much background stuff in them; the flying birds were not isolated. This could have been solved by changing where I was standing so that I could shoot against sky but I was reluctant to move for fear of scaring away the birds. Too bad, I caught some great flying action and great expressions (gulls are real characters) but t’s tough to see it because of the background.

Still, these are fun images and show a bit of gull action.

Seagulls

Seagulls

Seagulls

Seagulls

Seagulls

Gull on tray

Gull on tray

Venice Beach, California. While walking back to the car I spotted this gull sitting on a tray placed on top of a garbage bin. He/she looked quite calm so I took a series of shots inching closer thinking the gull would fly away. It never did. These were the last two shots I took and I was less than 3 feet away (28mm angle of view on the Ricoh GR). In the end, the gull looked at me and pooped on the tray. That seemed a good time to leave.

I cleaned up the poop in Lightroom.

Gull on tray