Moderate Crop For Context
This image of tufted puffins is as tight a crop as the resolution makes appropriate. The light and seeing are said to be bright and clear for the Pribolofs. To me it seems flat and hazy. Without tripods, flashes, and a whole lot of time and good fortune, this image is often the best that a picture taker like me can get. Photographers can do better but this trip wasn't a photography trip. I had to snap and run a great deal of the time. The picture taker has to quickly take the insurance shot -- from any distance with any setting -- and then advance as time, terrain, and subject allow. If allowed, the PT will then cut the distance in half, then half again, and so on until the closest respectful distance is achieved. At that point, the bracketing, bursting, and composition flurry occurs. If time permits, an iteration of the approach process can happen so that sun angle can be optimized. The great photo is a matter of luck, skill, talent, equipment, and conditions.