* Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey, North Wales, UK…
Cemlyn has the largest tern community in Wales. These amazing seabirds return every spring to breed and then nurture their young teaching them to fly and hunt for food.
I wanted to really push my X-Pro1 by taking some action shots of the terns. I used the 35mm ƒ1.4 lens, switched to shutter priority & continuous focusing and hoped for the best. After a few failures I started to improve and eventually came away with a few shots I thought I’d be happy with; you will find the best two below.
What you have to bear in mind is that using an effectively 53mm prime lens to capture wild birds in-flight really is pushing the X-Pro1 – or any camera really! – to its limits. Sighting the birds and achieving focus lock was incredibly hard work but good fun at the same time. The two tern images are only a fraction of the size of the digital negative image the X-Pro1 recorded. All the images in this post have been edited in Lightroom 5.5.
This is the original digital capture of the image above as a comparison. The tern really is a very minor part of the whole and it’s a testament to the quality of the Fujinon 35mm lens.
Cemlyn is also on the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Footpath, which is also part of the Welsh Coastal Footpath.