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Old 01-09-2019, 10:04 AM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Absolutely amazing. May I ask what your camera setting were?
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May I ask what your camera setting were?
Well, for bird-in-flight shots, possibly the most important camera setting was "AI-Servo" autofocus. That allows the camera to keep a bird in focus, even if it is flying towards the camera. That, combined with high-speed continuous shooting (for my camera, that's 10 frames per second) allow me to follow a bird and stand a decent chance of getting an interesting pose.

In prior years, I typically enabled a large portions of my camera's autofocus sensors (it has 63). That allowed me to focus on a bird even if it wasn't in the center of the frame. That's ok if the bird is against the open sky, but not if it's flying in front of foliage. This year, I dropped down to "center+4" (5 AF points), and then to center point only. I had less success shooting birds far overhead, but for closer birds and other animals, I was better able to keep the eye(s) in focus.

To stop the motion of beating wings, I generally used a shutter speed of 1/1000 sec or faster, but for some of the bee shots, I upped that to 1/4000 sec. I usually chose an aperture of around f/8 for sufficient depth-of-field (although there were a couple of times I went to f/16). A professional photographer probably would have concentrated on a single subject and used full manual exposure, but I was wandering around shooting whatever popped up under varying light, so I used auto-exposure. I started out using aperture priority at f/8 and ISO 1600 (which usually yielded fast enough shutter speeds) but later switched to f/8 and 1/1000 sec with auto-ISO. That was fine for everything except shaded (wooded) areas, where I would lower the shutter speed and make sure I hadn't inadvertently switched image stabilization off.

I shot in "raw" mode, but my father shoots in jpeg and gets better photos than I do (with a lot fewer shutter clicks). Paying attention to wildlife behavior, being ready for action when it happens, choosing the best light and composition, and practice make more of a difference than equipment details.

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Great pics Eric.
Where were you when you took most of these?
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Where were you when you took most of these?
I took most of these pictures at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, which is essentially a man-made swamp that is part of the Palm Beach County water treatment system in Delray Beach, Florida. It's like a small wildlife preserve in the middle of suburban sprawl.

That reminds me that I took another photo while I was there - one that the locals probably all overlook but which woodworkers might appreciate:



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Well, for bird-in-flight shots, possibly the most important camera setting was. . . .Eric

That's a great run-down Eric, and good advice for any photog. I don't think a "pro" would do it much differently.

Thanks for sharing it.
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