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.
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.
f/4, 1/1250, ISO100, 45mm
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, the fittest woman alive, competing in event 3 at Camp Pendleton, during the 2012 CrossFit Games.
Canon 70-200mm 2.8
ISO 640, f/5.6, 167mm
The fittest man in the the world, again.
Rich Froning is the 2012 CrossFit Games Champion. This photo was taken about 8 minutes into the first event. Kyle Kasperbauer, seen in the foreground took third place. The 2012 CrossFit Games had nearly 70,000 competitors.
ISO160, f/6.3, 1/800, 500mm
Shot was take hand-held at maximum range, 500mm.