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Old Jun 24, 2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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A few flight shots. I was trying to shoot martins when this heron flew over. I was set for darker birds and only got one shot but I think it turned out okay.














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Old Jun 24, 2007, 4:15 PM   #2
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A few flight shots. I was trying to shoot martins when this heron flew over. I was set for darker birds and only got one shot but I think it turned out okay.
You THINK it turned out OK???? That is one awesome photo!

And so is No.2 - just spectacular. Not one you will ever duplicate. :shock:
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 4:37 PM   #3
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Great shots! I have tried to capture Martins but they move too fast for me to maintain focus.
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 4:55 PM   #4
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Great shots. I have a couple of shots of martins in flight, but they were almost accidents that occurred when I was focused at a stationary one.
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 7:05 PM   #5
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Awesome shots... #2 is "un-freakin-believeable"!
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 8:58 PM   #6
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'Awesome shots... #2 is "un-freakin-believeable"! ' X 2

Distant action brought to point-blank range. Amazed, would like to know what gears you are using and what tricksyou haveto make those shots possible.
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Old Jun 25, 2007, 1:48 PM   #7
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Thank you for looking and you're comments!!

#2 is one of my favorite shots also.

wk7leung, I use a Nikon D200 with a Nikon 200mm 400mm VR af-s lens. I'll try to tell you what works for me on the very fast quick change direction Purple martins. I use manual settings with a shutter speed of at least 1/800 and the largest aperture and ISO 320 and higher. I set my camera to continuous focus which will track after focus locks on if you can pan with the bird. With an auto focus lens you have to lock on with the first cycle of the lens because you won't have time to try for a second lock. I use dynamic focus with center or closest subject. A good monopod with a gimble head works best for me. I hope this helps. Happy shooting!

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