Farne Islands Wildlife Photography Tour

While I was leading a photography tour in Northumberland, my group was particularly keen to capture images of puffins in flight carrying sand eels to their chicks. Northumberland's Farne Islands has 80,000 puffins and is easily the best place in England to photograph them. However, getting sharp images of these fast-flying birds is not straightforward. Key to success is bright overcast conditions to give abundant but not overly contrasty light; a carefully chosen location with a view of puffins as they approach so the autofocus has time to lock on; and manual exposure - in this case F/8 for sufficient depth of field, 1/1,600th second to get the body of the bird absolutely sharp and ISO 640.