Puffins, Ingolfshöfði, Iceland

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Puffins are just too cute, sorry for having more than one picture of them for now. :)

Puffins (Fratercula arctica) are quite funny birds. Despite their looks, they move funny, and we have seen more than one "crash landing" in the water. The occasionally heard "clown" attribution certainly has a reason. We have seen puffins at different places, at Flatey Island in the north, Borgarfjördur in the east, and Ingolfshöfði in the south (these were the places where we stopped). It was interesting to see the different distances when the puffins start to avoid you, at Ingolfshöfði, where this picture was taken, you could get quite close when being careful, whereas at Flatey, where the birds are regularly hunted, you had to do a lot to get even remotely close for a decent shot (which I'll post eventually).

Like the first puffin picture, this one was taken with my Sigma 70-200/2.8 (at 200mm) in conjunction with a 1.4x teleconverter. It is a full size portrait, i.e. no crop. Getting so close with a fully open aperture also renders the background niceley homogeneous.

If you are interested, feel free to check out my whole Iceland set at my homepage, or rather the current state it is in. My favorites from there will get here onto flickr. Yes, I take proposals. :)

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  15. Kevin Whitworth Photography 28 months ago | reply

    I'm thinking about buying a sigma 70-200 and a 2x sigma converter for my nikon D5100 for shooting race cars for a distance, and I wondering about the speed of the auto focus with the converter. Also I know this setup will not be as sharp as a 400mm prime lens but it will be several thousand less in cost, any thoughts or insights? ,

    Thanks in advance
    I love those birds by the way you are lucky to have them.

  16. BudCat14/Ross 4 weeks ago | reply

    Superb portrait.

  17. stephen staples 4 weeks ago | reply

    So love this image never had the time to get decent shot of them well captured excellent work my friend regards Steve

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