Every so often my Mental condition flounders a bit. Not postal or anything. Just need some time alone with only the sound of wildlife songs and a shutter. It’s good for the soul and even better for the physcy (sikee, siekee, siekey?). Friday was one of those days. Needed a break. No chasing contractors, no challenges from a 2.5 billion dollar company about my .75 cent 411 call in the last 30 days, no unrealistic deadlines, no fly in your face comments from supposed friends, on and on and on. So I turned to the Terns. Forsters to be exact. Quit the challenge to get the little buggers in the focus point. They fly fast. Turn fast. And stop on a dime.
A blast and a great challenge to photograph. Out with the big Gitzo, Wimberley head, Nikon D3s, 200-400 f/4 zoom, a 1.7 teleconverter and lots and lots of luck. Got another series shot. And a way cool stop action just as the Tern was dipping to the water. All shots are at 2000 ISO. I had great morning light and wanted at least 1/3200 second exposures at f/6.7. With the 1.7 teleconverter the minimum aperture goes from f/4 to f/6.7. Shot about 1700 frames in a couple of hours.
And for the best form award but a score of 3 for the biggest splash!!!!!!