Photo of the Week: 3–9 June


Razorbill by Ben Porter

Razorbill, Bardsey Island, Gwynedd (Photo: Ben Porter)

Auks are such popular photographic subjects throughout the summer months, but it is very difficult to take something 'different' that grabs the viewer's attention. Ben Porter has achieved this with his wonderful wide-angle study of a wing-flapping Razorbill taken on Bardsey Island. Living on the island, Ben has got to know the best sites for photography and his knowledge has certainly paid off with this winning shot. Using a 15mm lens and shooting at 1/320th second with an aperture of f9, he has shown both the bird and its habitat to good effect.

The Razorbill is nicely placed in the left side of the frame, leaving enough of the background to give a good sense of perspective; on a full-frame body this would have had an even greater effect.

Congratulations to Ben on his Photo of the Week.

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Other notable images

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush, Spain (Photo: Charlie Fleming)

Mute Swan
Mute Swan, Whatstandwell, Derbyshire (Photo: Mary Wilde)

Gannet, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Steve Race)

Little Tern
Little Tern, Greece (Photo: Lee Amery)

European Roller, Spain (Photo: Howard Kearley)

Common Redstart, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire (Photo: Mr Clive Daelman)

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker, Ash, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Pat Tucker)

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear, Wayoh Reservoir, Lancashire (Photo: John Barlow)

Red-necked Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope, Kilnsea, East Yorkshire (Photo: Martin Standley)

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire (Photo: Garth Peacock)

Razorbill, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Barry Nield)

Black Guillemot
Black Guillemot, Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway (Photo: Peter Garrity)

Little Owl
Little Owl, private site, Essex (Photo: John Richardson)

Water Rail
Water Rail, Woods Mill NR, West Sussex (Photo: Mike Galtry)

Penduline Tit
Penduline Tit, Hungary (Photo: Tony Small)

Written by: Steve Young