Having been virtually blown out of Crete by gale force winds for several days I was hoping for more settled weather conditions for this workshop on the Saltee’s. We were not disappointed; the weather throughout the workshop was hot and sunny –almost too bright, even early in the morning. Our visits to the island where 7am, when the light is less intense and again at 4:30pm until dark. The evening sessions were spent mainly at the gannet colony where the birds provided lots of opportunities for flight photography. I was still using the D800 which Nikon kindly provided and was keen to see how its autofocus performed against the D3X. One aspect that really did impress me about the D800 was its ability to hold detail in the bird’s feathers despite the intensity of the light. The autofocus was an improvement over the D3X and I had a much less failure rate with flight shots.
Due to the late spring many of the flowers (which are normally over by now) were at their best and there were good opportunities for shots among the Thrift and Campion. Puffin numbers were low the first day, but by the evening of the second day there was a steady increase in the number of birds about. Puffins are perhaps the most sought after bird on the islands but also can be the most unpredictable in terms of numbers. Several other photographers that were on the islands prior to us had not encountered any at all in the 3 days prior to our visit . It was a very successful trip and everyone had a very enjoyable time with some memorable images from the trip. I have not had time (due to book commitments) to go through my all of my images but have posted several here from the workshop.