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Gannet galore action shot | by Pim Stouten
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Gannet galore action shot

We got up really, really early, packed our camping stuff and drove the ~120 km to the port of Lüderitz. Goal: spend a few hours on a ship, cruising the Lüderitzbucht and Halifax Island's shores.

 

René, the skipper of the 'Sedina' schooner, had warned us for some serious rock & roll...

With waves of over 2 metres high and a low vessel speed, the biggest challenge was keeping my subjects in the viewfinder.

 

So there we were, out on the sea, with birds, dolphins and fur seals all around us. An unforgettable trip, but not the easiest picture-taking platform!

I stayed on the front deck, using the ship's rigging for stabilisation and tried to make the best out of it with the 'big one': my trusted 2.8/300-1.7TC combo. Not as heavy as a 'proper' 400 or 500mm, but still a challenge to hand-hold and shoot!

 

These guys didn't give me much of a chance, though: when we approached them close enough for decent-ish pictures, they decided to do a runner. I held tightly onto the rigging and managed to shoot a 5-shot burst before they were too far away. This one is the best out of that series.

 

Straight-out-of-the-camera JPEG, no cropping, no post-processing.

   

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Taken on October 1, 2011