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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3
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1/2000 second
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F/5.6
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28 mm
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800
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Mar 31, 2013, 4:38:51 PM
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Seagull by burningmonk Seagull by burningmonk
I took a ferry across Tokyo bay. There was a flock of seagulls trailing the ferry and many people were feeding them crisps. I tried it as well. They're incredibly accurate and quick. The moment I put out my hand the closest seagull would swoop in and snatch it out of my hand. It made almost no contact, though sometimes their feet would graze my hand.

This was a tricky photo at first, but easy once I knew what to do. The trick is to hold my hand out completely (towards the ground so no seagulls snatch the crisp) and prefocus. Then I switched to manual and locked the focus. I also turned up the ISO to 800, so that I had a fast shutter speed at f/5.6. The final piece of the puzzle was shooting at 11 fps, which was absolutely necessary to get the decisive moment. :D

It was really cold up on the ferry deck, but I couldn't stop it was so much fun playing with the seagulls! :D
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:iconinemanlukas:
InemanLukas Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice shot!!Success fella 
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! :D
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KevinPreston Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
This is sooooo good!! I'm trying to find reference for a specific shot of a seagull, but this is the only photo of 100's that I've actually stopped and admired! :) Fantastic!
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Photographer
I'm glad I could help you out. Thank you very much! :D
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
How clever you are! :D
Major kudos for being so clever and patient :rose:
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! :D
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F3DDA Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok...so even though you just told us how you got the photo umm...how on EARTH did you get this photo?!?! Haha! Wow! This is my favorite photo of the year. No question.
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013   Photographer
Haha, thanks!! :D
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AA3D Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
woaaaaah .. u can feed them with ur hand :D
awesome shot
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Photographer
Yes you can. And they're very precise so they barely touch you. :D
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