Another Ross Bay storm drain picture, this one taken the same day as my pictures of salmon and Goldstream River that have been showing for the past week. I am very pleased with this photo and the way the water and sky surface of the drain merge together with the barest hints of their borders. And I am pleased with the gull, a model at posing.
I was all set up to take this shot, and had just shot two sets of brackets when this gull flew into the picture and stood around long enough for another set of brackets, then it moved to this location which has better composition and stood there long enough for another set, and then it walked to the edge and swam off. Now, standing around long enough was pretty surprising since it did not move its feet, and barely moved its body, though its head did move between several positions – but paused at this one long enough each time that it shows clearly. Since this merged from three long exposures at 10, 20 and 30 seconds, that gull was standing still for well over a minute. I think it was hopeful I would throw some food. Anyway, I think it makes the picture, in a similar way as the boys did in Drain Boys a couple of weeks ago.
Canon 5Dii, Canon 50/1.4 lens, ISO100, f-22, brackets at 10, 20 and 30 seconds, Cameron Fader neutral density filter at about 7 stops of density.