Comfortably Numb by Mario Suarez Porras (Spain) Attention to Detail

Comfortably Numb - Atlantic Puffin  Fratercula arctica . Skomer, Wales, United Kingdom.

Comfortably Numb - Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica. Skomer, Wales, United Kingdom.

Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica. Skomer, Wales, United Kingdom.

Mario Suarez Porras, Spain. Category: Attention to Detail. 2018 CATEGORY BRONZE AWARD WINNER. CATEGORY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER.

One of our award winners from last year’s competition is this Atlantic Puffin image by Mario Suarez Porras from Spain.

Photographer's Story: ‘The island of Skomer off the south coast of Wales is a real sanctuary for birds, housing one of the most important colonies of puffins in U.K. Last summer I visited the island on a rainy day and I thought I would try some intimate portraits of puffins in the rain. Lying down on the ground and crawling close to a puffin allowed a low, intimate angle. As the rain got heavier, I was in the position I wanted with a good background for the picture. The rain drops collected on the bird’s plumage; I was lucky it did not shake before I took this image, as the small droplets of water give an extra dimension to the portrait.’

Canon EOS 7D Mk II with Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and 1.4x converter. 420mm focal length; 1/1,000 second; f/5.6; ISO 320.

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