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Photos taken on my HTC Desire and Olympus E-1 mostly taken while walking my 10 year old rescued greyhound, Tim.

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Took my camera this morning and managed to get these shots of a dive-bombing seagull. It swooped down from one of those chimneys in the background of the top shot. Seems to be having fun, doesn't it?
15th Jun 2009, 12:00   | tags:,


Twiglet says:

Great capture!

I saw this programme on TV once about Ravens and the experts had to conclude that it is very likely birds sometimes fly just for fun. Well you would wouldn't you? I know I would..... : )

15th Jun 2009, 12:59

cariadus says:

I wouldn't begrudge them having their fun if they didn't fly at high speed inches above my head! Or even, as happened last year, hit me on the head.

In this case there is a reason for their aggressiveness: they have nests to protect and I guess their instinct is to try to scare away any potential predators. I think they probably target me particularly because of the dog.

15th Jun 2009, 14:05

Caine says:

'Gotcha' shots are so very satisfying. Fabulous!

15th Jun 2009, 19:07

Twiglet says:

I've had to tidy up my first comment because I had some of the words in the wrong order... Imagine! I'm actually losing my mind for real.

When we were in Cornwall one time gulls stole my ice cream, it was terribly shocking. I had heard of it happening to toddlers but not to grown ups! I felt a complete fool...

15th Jun 2009, 20:00

Craft says:

Wow! Great shots!

15th Jun 2009, 20:04

cariadus says:

AF, yes it is supposed to be good luck, but I'd still rather not be, thank you :) Fortunately (touch wood) I haven't been pooed on yet (not for quite a while anyway).

Caine, they are indeed. Thanks!

Twiglet, they are a real menace, aren't they?

Craft, thanks.

And thanks for the highlight.

15th Jun 2009, 20:54

Euphro says:

Wow, superb! Wonderful colours and light too :)

15th Jun 2009, 23:09

OJ says:

That is just superb. What camera did you use Cariadus?

16th Jun 2009, 10:09

cariadus says:

Euphro, thanks!

OJ, thanks. The camera is a little compact camera, Casio Exilim ex-z750. I like it because unlike many compact cameras it allows manual control of just about everything. I tried on programmed AE first but the shots were too blurry so switched to shutter priority with a shutter speed of 1/800th. The top shot was cropped slightly and small adjustment of curves in Photoshop but no major post processing.

Another great thing about the Exilim is that if you have it set up right there is almost no delay between pressing the shutter and taking the shot, which is a good thing when a seagull is hurtling towards you at high speed! Although the top shot might look as though it was hovering, it most certainly wasn't :)

16th Jun 2009, 11:01

billion says:

like the proverbial phoenix rising...

16th Jun 2009, 14:48

taniwha says:

yes, this is the shot you should have got the other day.

16th Jun 2009, 16:20

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