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Old Aug 18, 2011, 4:47 PM   #1
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I have been trying to film the swallows drinking in mid air (kind of skimming over the water. Thing is I thought I would need a fast shutter speed. So I chose 1/1000. I know lifelike film is around 1/50th but these guys move so quick it would all be blur


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Any tips on what would have been better. If I were there again (or they had hung around) I would have tried 1/500th and lowered the iso .. this was at iso 800...but that is just hunch. What shutter should you use on very fast little birds? I use 1//60th for birds and wildlife nearer by but what should I chose for this type of shot.

Here is what I got. Its "ok" (caught the moment and all that) but advice gladly excepted...After all its a learning curve..

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Old Aug 20, 2011, 4:54 AM   #2
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hmm.. i'm not very skillful at photography yet but try to set your dial in the sport mode
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It depends on the effects you're after.

Normally if you want the wing tips to remain blurry in order to convey motion, I'll select around 1/800s or under; However, for swallows you've the additional movement created by panning the camera then one needs to go with the higher shutter speed hence the birds appear to be frozen in mid-air: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...-swallows.html

-> For video you're stuck with the frame rate of the camera. High-speed devices for capturing slow motion tend to be quite specialized and not very affordable
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Old Aug 20, 2011, 4:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I think you are right about the speed..
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