I am still waiting on Adobe to release a lens profile for a new lens that I have acquired before the trip and this is slowing me down in diving into processing of New Zealand photos. I wanted to share something though and one image I picked was taken at the Muriwai gannet colony on the west coast of the North Island just north of Auckland.
Another amazing place on our list of visited spots. The world is just so full of them no matter where one goes. It is breeding season there now and the colony was full of birds, life and activity. There were birds constantly taking off and landing, brining food for their mates and materials to build their nests.
The winds were very strong westerlies and they are the main reason why birds set up their colony there. The strong winds aid them in landing and taking off. Sometimes they just hovered in the wind, many times so close to us that we could almost touch them.
I have a long exposure version of this classic Muriwai scene that I will post later but for this photo I wanted a faster shutter speed to try and catch one of these birds in flight over the cliffs against the clouds. I bumped the ISO up to 1600 as I still wanted a good depth of field at f/11. Luckily I got one of the gannets just in the right spot against the setting sun hiding behind the clouds and the shutter speed was fast enough to give good sharpness to its silhouette.
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