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After having spent months at sea, the arrival of puffins to the UK is an event celebrated by many wildlife enthusiasts, including photographer William Steel (williamsteelphotography.com) who shot this beautiful puffin portrait off the coast of Wales on Skomer Island.
“By late-May each year, the northern side of Skomer is covered with the soft tones of pink from the newly emerging campion, while the Atlantic puffins dart from the sea to their burrows with food as the first of the year’s young begin to hatch.
“It’s easy to be daunted by the challenge of finding an original shot – especially as puffin images grace every postcard in the area – but subtlety is often the key. By using a shallow depthof-field and a low angle I was able to capture the beautiful colours of the landscape without letting them overpower my main subject. The sharp lines and bold colour of the puffin’s bill provided the perfect contrast for a really striking portrait.
“I packed a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 and 500mm prime lens for this trip, though to be perfectly honest I took the 500mm out of the bag once and almost put it away. My biggest regret is not taking a wider lens. As is so often is the case, a wider picture that encompasses the amazing scenery tells a far greater story than a cropped portrait does.”