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Old Nov 15, 2013, 4:03 PM   #11
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All the in flight pictures look so good. These are what I want to do and have a hard time doing. Excellent work!
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 4:48 PM   #12
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Very nice series. The geese look like they're landing on ice. Good shot of the Sandhill, too. Is that the Lesser or Greater Sandhill?
Thanks Bob. You know, unless they are standing side by side on the ground, I can't tell. We get three different races here in the Sacramento Valley and in flight they all look the same.
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All the in flight pictures look so good. These are what I want to do and have a hard time doing. Excellent work!
Thanks, it's a lot of trial and error to get good in-flight shots. I probably get 1 keeper out every 50 shots ( my standards have gotten higher the more I shoot). One tip that has helped me was in respect to shutter speed. I read about a rule of thumb that the shutter speed should equal 2x the focal lenght of the lens you are using. example; if I am shooting with my 400mm and adjust for the crop factor of the camera and a 1.4 tc. That brings the effective focal length of the lens to: 400 x 1.5x 1.4= 840mm so the shutter speed should be at least 1/1680sec or more. I try and shoot for at least 1/2000sec. Not always possible, given lighting conditions but it's a good target to shoot for. I think my slowest shutter speed was 1/1250sec which you can get away with if you are lucky. I was not hugely happy with the Golden Eagle shot. But, since I had never captured one and this one was so close I included it in the series.
Also,Having a very stable tripod to shoot from makes a huge difference in flight shots as well. I use a Gitzo G1325 carbon fiber tripod with a WimberlyII gimble head shown below. That set up is like a machine gun turret, very smooth motion in 2 axis.
After all that, technique and practice, practice and more practice is all it takes. OH, that and $$$$$.
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Thanks for all the tips in shooting and tripod setup. That is one heck of a tripod and head. Let me do some research on the the gimble head. I think I can swing it.
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Fantastic series smac,

The Pintails and the Rose Goose are my favorites.

Thank you for posting.
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Fantastic series smac,

The Pintails and the Rose Goose are my favorites.

Thank you for posting.

Thank you and best of luck with the Eagles. Can't wait to see what you come back with.
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beautiful stuff. You are obviously a man of great patience with fine optics.
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beautiful stuff. You are obviously a man of great patience with fine optics.
Thanks Streets, I appreciate the comment. Cheers
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