Waves and a Forster’s Tern

Forster's Tern in front of a dark colored waveForster’s Tern in front of a dark colored wave

The nonbreeding Forster’s Tern in these two images is the same bird and the images were taken ten frames  and a few seconds apart as the tern stood on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.

Forster's Tern in front of a light colored waveForster’s Tern in front of a light colored wave

When photographing birds on the shoreline when there are waves just a few seconds can really make a difference in the background. In the top image the wave had just barely begun to break while in the second image the wave had crested which gave the background lighter colors plus it gave the sand under the bird a glassy look where the wave had washed on shore.

Just a few seconds can make a difference.

Mia

14 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover September 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    A very handsome bird. I prefer the background of the first image — looks like an impressionist’s painting. Thanks for another photography lesson, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson September 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you Utahbooklover!

  2. Elephant's Child September 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Isn’t it amazing the difference that a few seconds can make? And I loved both of these very different captures of the same bird. Thank you.

    • Mia McPherson September 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you EC, a few seconds in bird photography can mean an image with nothing but the sky 🙂

  3. Pierre Cenerelli September 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful shots, as always. I’ve noticed that in the last few days, the camera/lens information no longer appears on your photos. Is that a deliberate decision?

    • Mia McPherson September 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Pierre, I was struggling when I made the posts without techs because my desktop was being repaired and I was working on my ancient computer. I’m now back up to speed!

  4. Stu September 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    One good Tern (photo) deserves another.. having got that out of the way ;).. great photos Mia. I find that also when taking a series of photos of same bird in auto mode, one or two of them will stand out..just due to the way the sun fell on the image in that split second.

    I don’t know why these terns wear those dark glasses, we all know its them 😉 ( stus longest post on Mia’s blog 😉

    • Mia McPherson September 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      LOL Stu… indeed, probably your longest post on my blog!

      These Terns should have been called “Incognito Terns”. 🙂

  5. Montnagirl September 3, 2013 at 6:54 am

    They are both super shots, but the second one really stands out for me.

    • Mia McPherson September 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you Montanagirl.

  6. Kim September 3, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Beaut mood in these shots, really lovely.

    • Mia McPherson September 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks Kim, these terns are beauties.

  7. Bob Bushell September 3, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Wow, a Forster’s Tern, excellent pictures.

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