Behind the Shot: Horned Puffin Taking Off
Behind The Shot
Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email! Find out the backstory of how Alaskan photographer Marion Owen captured this image of this speedy little puffin!
Photographer/Filmer/Editor: Marion Owen
Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT
Settings: ISO 250, Aperture f/16 , Shutter speed 1/500 second
Backstory: I took this image with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT that I rent from BorrowLenses every year to capture special birds such as the tufted and horned puffins. All the photographs I have are taken from a boat, meaning that I don’t have the luxury of a tripod, monopod, or any other support. I depend heavily on the lens’ stabilization modes and bright glass to capture crisp and clear images. The light was slightly diffused through clouds when I captured this photo. These puffin photos are taken hand-held, from a moving boat, via a moving photographer (yours truly), and of a very fast moving subject. Puffins are extremely fast, flying at speeds over 50 mph. To achieve this speed puffins beat their wings up to 400 beats a minute. The wings can move so fast that they become a blur, giving a flying puffin the appearance of a black and white football! People who visit our gallery often purchase the puffin photo to post in their office saying, “It’s a great photo to get you going on Monday mornings!”
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