Workshop with Brutus Östling day 4
Day 4 was marked as a travel day, but there was still time for a short photo session. Ole Martin had offered to take us out on a short boat trip to shoot seagulls and white tailed sea eagles. The weather was less than optimal with waves, wind, and intermittent rain. Anyone who has tried shooting from a boat knows how hard it can be if seas are rough. Now rough is a relative term but as far as photography goes, the calmer the better.
Bread and frozen fish was our main bait and seagulls rapidly gathered around the boat. Ole Martin has an old friend among the gulls “Charlie” who lands on his head if he gets a chance. This is not Charlie but a juvenile seagull.
I must say that Ole Martins experience with this type of photography is invaluable. I can’t guess how many hour’s he has spent in the boat, getting to know and gaining the trust of the sea eagles.
When the rain came and Miguel landed in a tree, I tried to experiment with slower shutter speed to get the rain more visible. I also changed the white balance in order to get a colder look. Well, it was a really hard task to get a decently sharp photo with such low shutter speed and a bobbing boat.
Sometimes the eagles ventured so close that they wouldn’t fit in the frame. This photo has been altered with low contrast and heavy vignetting to achieve a certain effect, and to obscure a bit of the clipped wing.
At lunch time we headed back, it was time to go home and leave this wonderful place, a place we will surely return to.
Driving home was pretty undramatic, even if we had keep our eyes open for reindeers.
Already longing for the next trip. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ole Martin Dahle for more information and prices if you are interested in photographing eagles or birds and wildlife in general.