Photo skills: How I took this gannet image

Barrie Williams was awarded Overall Winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) 2015. Find out how he took this winning shot of northern gannets. 

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‘On the edge’ (northern gannets) by Barrie Williams

“Visiting Noss National Nature Reserve, Shetland, I was blown away by the sheer volume of gannets surrounding me.

I studied the scene for a while, soaking in the seabird orchestra and thinking about how best to convey this.

I stalked along the cliffs, looking for a vantage point that offered a view with a difference. 

Keeping a tight grip on my camera, I lay down on a ledge, inched forward slowly and composed my shot. 

Within moments, the gannets far down below flew into the frame, and I just knew I had to fire the shutter.”

Equipment specification Canon EOS 600D. Canon EF-S 15-85MM f/3.5-5.6. Shutter Speed 1/200, Aperture f/ 5.6, ISO 100.

EXPERT TIPS

  • Research your subject. In wildlife photography, the images that often stand out are those that demonstrate the photographer understands the animal.
  • Always look for a new angle. Think about how you can show your subject in a new light.
  • Have plenty of patience. It took two hours of searching before I found the perfect spot to take this gannet photograph.

See more great photography by Barrie Williams. 

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