Graceful Long Exposures of Seagulls in Flight

While most people view seagulls as scavengers of the sky, photographer Anne McGrath sees them as perfect subjects for her photography. After taking shots using a slow shutter speed, she found that there was something almost poetic about them – their all white color against a usually dark background made for some truly spectacular shots.

After much trial and error, she found that “winter or dull light in summer works best for these shots.” Setting the camera on shutter priority, at around ¼ of a second, she could capture their graceful movements or their flapping wings as if they were brilliant sprays of light. “There’s very little post processing work done,” she proudly states. “It’s pretty much in camera.”

Anne McGrath’s website500px, and Flickr page


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