It’s time to meet fellow KelbyOne member, Ken Cavanagh! Ken is a New Jersey photographer—he specializes in natural environment portraits and enjoys taking travel photos too.
What can you tell us about your photo of the Puffin?
I took this image on a trip to Iceland in 2014. I traveled around Iceland with a photographer buddy who is Icelandic and knew all the key sites.
This photo of a Puffin was taken in Látrabjarg on a trip through the Wesfjords. It is the westernmost point in Iceland. The cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins and is the largest sea-bird cliff in Europe.
It is a spectacular site with the birds nesting on the sheer-sided cliffs. The cliffs are up to 1450 feet high and can make one dizzy getting close to the edge. There is a painted line to warn people against falling off the cliff. The Puffins tend to nest in the grassy area towards the top of the cliff and besides being adorable, are very tame. As I laid on my stomach I was able to get within a few feet of this one.
What gear or software did you use to create the puffin photo?
For this image I was using a Canon 5D Mark III and a EF70-200mm f2.8 lens. The exposure was 1/400 sec at f/9 at !SO 200. I did the post-processing of the raw image in Lightroom.
What do you like to photograph?
I love travel photography and photographing people on location and creating an environmental portrait.
How long have you been a KelbyOne member and what made you decide to become a member?
I’ve been a member of KelbyOne for about four years. I was introduced to KelbyOne after I led my first WWPW and just led my fourth photowalk in Coney Island this year.