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Rhoscolyn #15

Seagulls flying with sunburst at Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales

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My wife Liz and I were enjoying an invigorating hike along the cliffs at Rhoscolyn on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, just off the North Wales coast, when I spotted this interesting arrangement of clouds and sun in the skies overhead.

I rarely photograph just the sky, usually preferring to include at least a little of the landscape to act as a anchor for my cloud images.

But for this shot I decided to go all in and leave out the horizon completely, focussing attention purely on the juxtaposition of clouds and sun, which I intended to render as a starburst by using the smallest aperture my 24-105mm zoom lens was capable of (f22 in this case).

Having taken one exposure to get the exposure as I wanted it (dark and moody) I then noticed two seagulls flying back and forth across the patch of sky I was interested in.

Bonus! So I waited until the seagulls were opposite the sun in my viewfinder, flying into the frame, before pressing the shutter at what I hoped was the most opportune instant.

On studying the image later I wasn't disappointed, with those two seagulls adding a touch of extra interest and life to the final composition.

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Filename - rhoscolyn 15

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 73mm

Exposure - 1/1000 sec @ f22, ISO100

Filters - None.

Location - Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image underexposed slightly to preserve highlights. Small aperture used to create starburst effect.