Out earlier today and had just put the 100-400 onto my XT1 with the intention of shooting some abstract work with the waves crashing over the rocks. 

I noticed some lovely side light striking this gull. Using spot metering to throw the background into shadow allowed me to create a nice portrait of perhaps an otherwise seemingly average subject.

I love using the 100-400. Having covered wildlife with my Canon 400 f/2.8 for years it is so refreshing to have such a capable combination that I can easily handhold. 

All of the following images are jpeg with only the shadows darkened slightly to help the subject stand out more. 

ISO 200, 400mm, f6.4, 1/500

ISO 200, 400mm, f6.4, 1/500

ISO 200, 400mm, f6.4, 1/550 

ISO 200, 400mm, f6.4, 1/550 

ISO 320, 400mm, f5.6, 1/800

ISO 320, 400mm, f5.6, 1/800

ISO 1000, 300mm, f6,4, 1/1700

ISO 1000, 300mm, f6,4, 1/1700

Looks like I messed up the ISO a bit on that last one (ISO 1000) which is what caused the shutter to fire at 1/1700 second ... Still, as you can see below the fujifilm XT1 like to eat this kind of ISO for breakfast :) 

100% crop showing noise (or rather lack of) at ISO 1000

100% crop showing noise (or rather lack of) at ISO 1000

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