Turning a deaf ear

Ring-billed Gulls - Larus delarewarensis


The Icelandic River runs through town and is at a lower elevation through most of the townsite. I found a place where I can walk and watch these gulls in the morning. This pair is almost always in the same spot. I've been trying different settings without blowing the whites totally out. It is challenging because I have to shoot upwards to where the gulls are sitting in the sun.


I'm pretty happy with the results of this one. Very little tweaking in Photoshop Elements was needed and there were no "blinkies" on my camera screen when I took the image. Best of all, I liked my histogram. Yay!


Here's the settings: Comments, suggested invited!



Shutter Speed 400

ISO 200

Exp Bias 0.-3

Focal Length 220mm

Aperture Priority

Spot Metering


I'll be away all of Tuesday and probably on Wednesday. Until then, may your days be filled with joy and your May Day baskets be filled with wildflowers!

  • Bob Diekmeier 3y

    Beautifully taken Nancy. Whites are tough in bright light but I think this looks very nice.
  • Robert Miesner 3y

    First of all, I would like to say you did a wonderful job with the exposure here as it is spot on. Secondly, we all do things differently to get the right exposure and make sure the method chosen is right for you. I usually increase shutter speeds, apeture, and reduce ISO. I usually will set these too low and then use my flash as the light. It creates more of a lighting during an overcast day when whites don't tend to get blown out as much. That is just the way I do it though and am not sure if it would work for you. :^)
  • Willard Joudrey 3y

    very nice Nancy,excellent picture, glad for all the info,
  • Maria Gonzalez 3y

    First of all I do agree with Bob the birdman.... I like the pose you captured,it tells story..
    Sometimes I don't have the time to change exposure while photographing a subject or the light is not right at that moment,I just feel happy I capture the moment even if didn't make a great picture.... Yes,whites are difficult so it is when you got lights and shadows to deal with,but once again we shouldn't stop photographing a subject just becuse the conditions are not at prime time.. I just take the shot..
    I like this capture because it tells story and that is the first thing I noticed here...
    Great job capturing the moment. Very nice light and details.
  • Vidterry 3y

    I like this shot as well. I can't see anything in the metadata that I would have done much differently. My camera actually provides the 'best' saturation and contrast when I shoot at ISO 500, which would alter the shutter speed. Nikon's exposure readings have a slight bias towards over-exposing, so I tend to use -2/3 EV as my default when shooting towards neutral or slightly darker backgrounds. (Not at all sure about that for this particular image, without being there.)
  • Larry Krause 3y

    Wonderfully done!
  • Nature's Poetry 3y

    Great timing on this fun capture! Looks like a typical married couple LOL! Great exposure on the whites with excellent color and details on that open mouth : )
    Bright Blessings to you,Nancy!!!
  • Kevan Sunderland 3y

    Love the colors and the details in side the beautiful colored mouth !!
  • Brittamay 3y

    Nice shot friend! Love the caption!! White looks good to me! I so struggle with them! Have a great one!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )
  • Diane Giurco 3y

    What a wonderful capture!
  • backroadshutterbug 3y

    LOL she's got a lot to talk about!
  • Krittergirl 3y

    I think you did a fantastic job on this shot!!! I love it!!!! She was really gabbing here!
  • Brake Fಌr Nature ~ On Lifes Highway 3y

    Yep, classic man and wife pose :) Nice job on the whites Nancy. And don't you just love that amazing red color of the inside of their mouths?
  • kim menzel 3y

    LOL LOL, a perfect title for this shot! Great job on the exposure, whites are so hard to get with the bright light shining on them. Fabulous image, glad you found a place to watch and shoot and get some great results. Nice work!
    Have a great day Nancy!
  • Lesley E. 3y

    Awesome timing, I love photographing the gulls too and the whites can be quite a challenge to get right, you did awesome.
  • Don Delaney 3y

    Lovely capture!
  • Dr. Hoo 3y

    This one makes me chuckle, Nancy. The title really works :)
  • Clifton Dickinson 3y

    Cute!! Fantastic clarity!!
  • Philip Dunn 3y

    No fair !! I always have blinkies when I shoot these guys !!
    You did a terrific job on this my friend !
    Your timing was right-on too...love the bla bla bla :)
  • Michael, Mike....Your choice~ 1y

    "MINE!!!!" Hahaha!! What a shot!
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