Nature Photography – The Painted Puffin
The Painted Puffin – Here’s a photo I took in Iceland. Iceland is the most western point in Europe and there, on the most western part of the island, you’ll find the Latrabjarg bird cliffs. To find this little corner of the earth you’ll need to drive down some windy unpaved roads through the western fjords. You won’t find any tour buses here as the road is very narrow and a little bumpy, to say the least! You’ll be taking blind corners on mountain passes with no guard rails, all the while hoping that your car doesn’t loose traction and plummet hundreds of feet below… but it’s worth every heart racing kilometer 🙂 When you arrive, you’ll be amazed at how close you can actually get to the puffins. They are nesting on top of the cliffs and they don’t mind if you take a few photos. Check out the high-quality version here!
Post Processing & Camera Settings.
To capture this image, I used a Sigma 70-200mm lens zoomed in all the way in at 200mm. To get even closer I used the APS-C mode on my Sony a7rii. The APS-C mode essentially tricks the Sony to think it’s using an APS-C lens and ultimately turned my 200mm zoom into 300mm. The only downside is your Megapixels will drop from 42 to 18… but I got the shot I wanted! To post-process this image I used the Creative Flow Lightroom Presets and Brushes and played around with the landscape and portrait presets and to finalize the image I used Photoshop for some final touches.
- Camera: Sony a7rii
- Lens: Sigma f2.8, 70-200mm (Metabones adaptor)
- Settings: f/2.8, 200mm, Time: 1/640s ISO: 100
- Edit: Lightroom Presets and Brushes
- Edit: Photomatix Presets
- Edit: Luminar
- Edit: Photoshop
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