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Projects in­clude colour­ful puffins, a DIY stu­dio and in­tense live mu­sic.

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.”

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