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.May I ask what your camera setting were?
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.Where were you when you took most of these?
Love the birds in flight, especially the heron. I've been trying for years to get a good heron in flight, and am still not happy with what I've gotten. Love the autofocus abilities. Is that a full frame sensor in that model?Would you believe:OK, it's a photographer thing... gimme the gear run-down
Just kidding :biggrin:. I used a Canon 7D Mk II body with a Sigma 150-600mm lens. I'd only used the lens once before, so I missed a lot of shots getting used to it, and several because it doesn't focus closer than 10ft, and a few more because I inadvertently moved the focus range limiter and image stabilization switches to the wrong positions at one point. There also were times when I simply couldn't zoom out wide enough.
All in all, though, I can't fault the camera or lens for image quality. When I did my job right, they did theirs. - and that's something I think holds true for most cameras and lenses.
Ok, here's a White Peacock Butterfly that I happened upon while looking for Bitterns:How about small perching birds like warblers. Butterflies are always great to look at as well.
The camera I used has an APS-C (1.6x crop) sensor, not full-frame. That has both advantages and disadvantages.I've been trying for years to get a good heron in flight, and am still not happy with what I've gotten. Love the autofocus abilities. Is that a full frame sensor in that model?
ERIC: First of all very outstanding photo in all respects.The camera I used has an APS-C (1.6x crop) sensor, not full-frame. That has both advantages and disadvantages.I've been trying for years to get a good heron in flight, and am still not happy with what I've gotten. Love the autofocus abilities. Is that a full frame sensor in that model?
The trick to getting in-flight shots is to go somewhere where there's lots of activity (such as when the herons are building nests); set up in a good spot; learn to anticipate bird behavior; and be ready when they take off. After that, it's mainly practice in acquiring and maintaining good framing of the bird.
My vision is poor, so I wouldn't even try photographing birds without autofocus. Long ago, before cameras had autofocus, I knew a guy who had a (film) camera mounted on a gunstock. The foregrip had a squeeze bulb that drove the focus and the trigger released the shutter. He would track a bird in flight, squeeze the bulb to focus, and then pull the trigger. Photographing birds was much like hunting them with a scoped rifle. It's much easier today.
Just one camera and lens. The Canon 7D series cameras have APS-C (1.6x) sensors, unlike the 5D and 6D series which have "full frame" (35mm) sensors.However i bit confused with your equipment, on post 36-56 you say 7D Mark 11 with sigma 150-600 lens. so are you using two different camera for you photos listed?