Here's a shot of skimmers taken at close enough range that you can actually see the color and details of the birds. (It helps that I wasn't shooting directly into the sun, too.) I was panning the camera--which basically just means moving it smoothly in the same direction the birds were flying as I clicked the shutter. Those birds .at the top of the image were moving at a different rate from those at the bottom--thus the very blurred movement
I am heading to Amelia Island for a working getaway soon. Even though I'll lug camera gear, computer gear and an oversized book bag down there and spend most of my time at the desk, I am looking forward to daily walks on the beach, the fresh air, and gazing through the lens of my camera. I'm hoping there will be lots of birds on the beach. (There are always birds on the beach, but the masses tend to be a seasonal thing.) The past trip or two, I've begun experimenting with different techniques for capturing them in more impressionistic ways. I'm also hoping to find some sharks' teeth, as I hear they have begun dredging the channel, which tends to stir them up.
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