Feeding the talent

posted on 2013.03.03, under Canon 7D

hayley seagull

This was our third shoot in 5 days, at the same location with the seagulls.  They know us!

A relationship is evolving.

Today the birds almost immediately got into a circular flying formation, with little coaxing.  The previous shoots required about 10 minutes to get the birds to start flying overhead.

It is still difficult to get the seagulls to circle in the exact direction I want them to fly.  Ideally, they would fly into the sun, giving me a great shot of their faces.  I suspect it is the wind conditions that determine the direction that the birds prefer to circle.

Seagulls in Santa Cruz

posted on 2013.03.02, under Canon 7D

seagulls aptos

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A friend tossed a piece of bread into the air and these guys battled for the treat.  The seagulls are use to being fed on the ground, but they can be convinced to fly for their treats.   We were patient and only fed the seagulls that would fly close to us.  At first 95% of the Seagulls stayed on the ground, waiting to be fed.  Within 10 minutes, 50% of the birds started a circular pattern of flight over my head.  It takes a little bit of practice, and you can actually make gestures that alert a seagull that you are about to throw bread to him/her and they will come in for their treat.

After 20 minutes I had about 100 seagulls flying in a circular lineup vying for an opportunity to catch a piece of bread.


Canon 7D
Sigma 17-70
f/4, 1/1250, ISO100, 45mm

2012 CrossFit Games – Julie Foucher

posted on 2012.09.11, under Canon 7D, CrossFit, Photos, portraits

Julie Foucher at f/3.2, ISO 160, Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 @ f/3.2, 1/2500

For the second year, CrossFit Inc, Coach Greg Glassman, Dave Castro, Tony Budding and a gang load of other all-star CrossFit.com employees have brought the CrossFit world to television, via ESPN.  Tonight, was a great night, watching the first installment of the 2012 CrossFit Games on Direct TV channel 209 (ESPN 2).  The 2012 CrossFit Games will air more than 100 times between now and the 2013 CrossFit Games.


Annie Thorisdottir 2012 CrossFit Games

posted on 2012.08.23, under Canon 7D, CrossFit, Photos, portraits

Annie Thorisdottir, the fittest woman alive, competing in event 3 at Camp Pendleton, during the 2012 CrossFit Games.

Canon 7D
Canon 70-200mm 2.8

ISO 640, f/5.6, 167mm


2012 CrossFit Games Ben Smith

posted on 2012.08.21, under Canon 7D, CrossFit, sigma 50-500

Scott Panchik (far left), Ben Smith (center), and Matt Chan (far right) shot at 500mm.

Event 1 at the 2012 CrossFit Games, on Camp Pendleton.

Sigma 50-500
Canon 7D
ISO 640, f/6.3, 1/1250

2012 CrossFit Games – Lucas Parker

posted on 2012.08.01, under Canon 7D, Photos, portraits, sigma 50-500, Uncategorized

22 year old Lucas Parker is the 15th fittest man in the world.

CrossFit Games 2012 – Kristan Clever

posted on 2012.07.27, under Canon 7D, CrossFit, Photos, portraits, sigma 50-500

The 2010 CrossFit Games Champion, Kristan Clever looked amazing at this years competition.  The competition is getting better and Kristan gets better too.

Canon 7D
Sigma 50-500

ISO 160, f/6.3, 1/1000, 373mm


CrossFit Games 2012 – Rebecca Voigt

posted on 2012.07.26, under Canon 7D, CrossFit, Photos, portraits

2012 CrossFit Games Champion Annie Thorisdottir

posted on 2012.07.25, under Canon 7D, Photos, portraits

Canon 70-20mm 2.8
ISO 160, f/2.8, 1/2500, 125mm


2012 CrossFit Games – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

posted on 2012.07.23, under Canon 7D, Photos, portraits, sigma 50-500

Camille is one of the most approachable athletes at the 2012 CrossFit Games.  She is aggressive, straight forward, yet playful and warm.  Camille’s 6th place finish is impressive.  She is 23 years old, and I suspect we will see her place higher next year.

Canon 7D
Sigma 50-500
ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/1250, 203mm