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Old Mar 10, 2010, 6:13 AM   #1
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Warm sunshine on our park lake made for a contented GB Heron, more patient than usual with the noisy/nosy photographer.
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A few more views, about a half hour later when sun was higher and less golden:
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Still not very successful with BIF shots, but these are my best so far. Glad for any suggestions/critique!
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"Not very successful" Mole, that's like Michelangelo saying that the Sistine Chapel was not successful.. these are beautiful shots... The Herons look like they almost posing for you. Well-done! Ned
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They are all very nice, but those first golden shots are super. I like these a lot.
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Still not very successful with BIF shots, but these are my best so far. Glad for any suggestions/critique!
What speed do you use to take these shots of the Heron flying?

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What speed do you use to take these shots of the Heron flying?

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1/60th f:8 300mm iso400 hand held!
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Dave, you wont believe it when he tells you...
1/60th f:8 300mm iso400 hand held!
Bwahahahahahah - ok, ok, I believe it...

But then again...

"Still not very successful with BIF shots, but these are my best so far. Glad for any suggestions/critique!"

I believe that an absolute minimum should be 1/250. All things considered he did a great job, but that slow speed explains the lack of detail in the shot. Even the most accurate of panning at that speed is going to show some errors.

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Ned - As always, you are far too generous in your praise. But glad you liked these!

Steve - Thanks! That was a lovely early AM light while it lasted... (got some nice sunrise photos at the same time)

Dave - I definitely agree that shutter speed was too slow for this situation! Was not planning for a BIF, just took advantage of a nice surprise (this guy hardly ever takes off...). I think the slow manual focus of the lens (and my slow brain) were more of a problem than the shutter speed, but you are quite right - faster would have been better. Thanks!
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Ned - As always, you are far too generous in your praise. But glad you liked these!

Steve - Thanks! That was a lovely early AM light while it lasted... (got some nice sunrise photos at the same time)

Dave - I definitely agree that shutter speed was too slow for this situation! Was not planning for a BIF, just took advantage of a nice surprise (this guy hardly ever takes off...). I think the slow manual focus of the lens (and my slow brain) were more of a problem than the shutter speed, but you are quite right - faster would have been better. Thanks!
Birds in general hold their heads and bodied steady as they fly. When they make a turn, the body twists to an angle of degree, but the head holds level - But a Great Blue when taking off, twists and bends it's neck, it's legs are irregulerly down and out but then retract, etc, etc.

They tend to telegraph, via subtle body language, as to exactly when they will take off. I brace myself for that moment.

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