Gull on a pier rail

I took this shot yesterday during my short stop at the Fort Baker fishing pier. The gull was keeping a vigilant eye on a noisy juvenile gull perched on the rail on the opposite side of the pier, but for a moment it looked my way long enough for me to grab this shot.

Gull at the Fort Baker fishing pier--black and white

I’m also posting the color image because I can’t decide which version I prefer.

Gull at the Fort Baker fishing pier--color

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 85mm. 1/250 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i seeing eye to eye.

At the Fort Baker fishing pier

Sunday was cool and cloudy in the Bay Area, but today it was full-on Indian Summer. Unfortunately the cloudless sky was filled with a brownish haze that didn’t make for photogenic vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. But it was such a warm afternoon I decided to head down to the water anyway, stopping at one of my favorite commute photo-taking stomping grounds, Fort Baker. Because the sky was unappealing, I looked for other views to fill the frame. I took several of these close-up shots of the fishing pier pilings reflecting on the water.

Pilings and reflection at the Fort Baker fishing pier

While I was focusing on the pilings this seal popped up to check me out. Fortunately, I had enough time to grab a quick shot before it swam off.

Seal by the Fort Baker fishing pier

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm.
First image: lens at 70mm. 1/125 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Second image: lens at 85mm. 1/125 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i focusing on the water.

Orton abstract

Today while I was downloading IOS5 for my iPhone (took forever!), I went out in the yard to practice the Orton “movement technique.” I learned about the technique–carefully and deliberately moving the camera while the shutter is open–after listening to Michael Orton on the current Photography.ca blog podcast. This image of the underside of our rosebushes is a first attempt and was the 14th shot (out of 20) I took during the shoot. It’s definitely tricky to get a good image.

Orton abstract photo play

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 38mm. 4 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 200.

Canon T2i moving and shaking.

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