Zen, Perros Guirec, view on Sept Iles


No, that’s not mount Fuji there on the horizon, though it looks a bit like it. Neither is it a snow covered volcano. It’s an island with about 20.000 birds perched on the north face. The island is called “l’île Rouzic” and it’s located about 6 miles off the coast of Perros Guirec in Brittany, France. Rouzic is one of the “Seven Islands” (“Sept Iles” in French). The birds are Northern Gannets and this is the only colony of Gannets found in France.

The photo was taken with a ND400 neutral density filter to obtain a longer exposure. The sun was shining and the light was very bright, so even at f22 and ISO100 I couldn’t get an exposure longer than about 20 seconds with this setup. On the other hand, I don’t think a longer exposure would have been any better. It looks pretty good this way in my opinion. Stay zen…!


EXIF and post-processing

  • Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 21/1 second ===> 21 second
  • Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 22/1 ===> ƒ/22
  • ISO Speed Ratings = 100
  • Original Date/Time = 2012:09:10 15:41:31
  • Aperture = ƒ/22
  • Exposure Bias (EV) = 0/1 ===> 0
  • Flash = Flash did not fire
  • Focal Length = 55/1 mm ===> 55 mm
  • Used a tripod, a Nikon 18-55mm lens with with a ND400 neutral density filter
  • Exposure time: 21 seconds
  • Imported in Adobe Lightroom
  • Did some tweaking in Adobe Lightroom (cropped slightly, straightened horizon and removed dust spots)


More to come from this trip!


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