Skomer Puffins


Link Posted 29/07/2019 - 12:52

I had a lovely stay on Skomer Island. I don't do a lot of nature photography but, who can resist Puffins?!
I used my Sigma 150mm -500mm
Pentax HD 55mm -300mm
Pentax 16mm - 85mm
and my Samyang 8mm fisheye
I think the image quality was superior from the Pentax 55-300mm over the Sigma, sharper, more contrast, more pleasing images. I'm sure I'd love the Pentax 150mm-450mm but don't feel I can justify it for the amount I'd use it.
I was a bit disappointed with the 85mm end of my 16-85mm, I've been quite happy up until this trip however, it's the fist time I've used it for nature photography, still very happy with it in the middle and wide part of its range.
The Fisheye well, it should be every nature photographers first choice!


Link Posted 29/07/2019 - 13:17
Well shot, the close ups are superb, showing the birds in their natural habitat

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Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

K5iis - Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 70 - 300 F3.5/F5.6, Sigma 18 - 200 F3.6 / F4.5.


Link Posted 29/07/2019 - 13:50
What a great set! Love the comical pose of the 4th one and as Chris has said close ups are superb - and what good use of the fish-eye!


Link Posted 29/07/2019 - 15:45
Really like the wide angle shots, the close ups are ten a penny on any photography forum but the others are very different to anything I have seen before.

Nicely done indeed.
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Link Posted 29/07/2019 - 17:51
Great catalogue of the day on the island Nigel - nice to see you back mate



Link Posted 29/07/2019 - 19:07
A great set of image's.


Link Posted 29/07/2019 - 19:28
Super set... particularly like the fisheye shots... almost a puffin’s eye view... and the backlit wings on no.6 are super...




Link Posted 29/07/2019 - 20:50
Super set, you have some real crackers there

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Link Posted 30/07/2019 - 06:12
Thank you for the positive feedback. I was rather pleased with myself when on arrival I realising how comfortable these Puffins are in the company of humans that on a whim I'd brought my fisheye along, I was not expecting to get this up close and personal

Daronl wrote:
Great catalogue of the day on the island Nigel - nice to see you back mate


I've not been absent! Just making photographs that possible aren't something that would catch your eye Daronl. I had the luxury of 3 days and 3 nights on Skomer island.


Link Posted 30/07/2019 - 07:15
Fantastic set, you made excellent use of a really unusual location and opportunity.

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Link Posted 30/07/2019 - 08:10
i`m jealous , I was supposed to go last year but sadly didn't happen , great shots, love the 4th one.
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Link Posted 28/08/2019 - 21:25
The first one is the eye-grabber for me, everything (and everyone?) falling right into place for a great composition.


Link Posted 29/08/2019 - 01:53
They never fail to please and neither do you!
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Link Posted 29/08/2019 - 09:01
Exceptional set of snaps there!


Link Posted 31/08/2019 - 16:21
Cracking set

Love the comical look of no.4 and the light in no.7
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