Posted by: photographytuition | May 8, 2013

Skomer Island.

Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast in West Wales is one of my favourite places. It’s a bird sanctuary and  photography heaven, particularly if you like puffins.

I took my Nikon D7000 and 300mm f4 lens. You get good puffin days and you get bad ones. Last Wednesday (1st May) was a brilliant one with lots of puffins on land, many of them collecting grass to line their underground nests.

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The 300mm lens is probably my favourite and ideal for most wildlife photography but on Skomer the puffins were so close I could have got decent shots with a 50mm lens! Probably the best lens to take would be a 70-300mm.

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On many occasions the puffins were too close for me to photograph. This is a cropped photo of a puffins eye – you can even see the veins. This gives you an idea of how close you can get!

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There are plenty of other sea birds like this Lesser Black-backed Gull above, Guillemots and Razorbills – all of which are easily photographed.

There’s no getting away from the stunning puffins though:

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The shutter speeds on these last 3 photos were 1/8000 second for the first two and 1/6000 second for the last one.

There’s plenty of information online if you want to visit Skomer. It can be a hassle getting there and the boats don’t always run if the wind is in the wrong direction but it’s worth it!

If you’d like to contact me, Will Lewis, please email will@phonecoop.coop or take a look at my websites:

http://www.photographytuition.co.uk for photography courses or  www.willlewisphotography.co.uk for commercial photography.

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