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Old Aug 23, 2012, 7:01 PM   #1
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I hardly ever bother to try for bird in flight shots, as everyone tells me that my Oly can't focus fast enough. So I don't even try. However, recently I was on one of my neighborhood walks near the wetlands area, and I looked up as a bird was flying across the field. Anyway, it was just reflex to bring up the camera, find the bird and trip the shutter. I had the E-3 and 50-200mm set at the full 200mm. ISO 800 at f6.3; cropped about 33%. (I forgot that you can't capture such shots with this setup.)






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Old Aug 23, 2012, 7:41 PM   #2
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Geeeeeeeezzzzzzzzz... too bad you can't get good BIFs. Looks like you didn't miss some good 'uns!
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 7:00 AM   #3
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Too bad you couldn't achieve focus. I guess there must be a much better post processing app than I knew about.

Very nice! I'd be really really happy if I got those photos.
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 8:40 AM   #4
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BTW, looking at the NHC it appears Tampa will dodge the bullet on Isaac - Mobile and New Orleans don't look so good though.

Of course, high winds from any political convention are always a problem...
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Fooled us huh! trying to pretend it's moving when I can see it's a moble, a cardboard cutout hanging from the string you forgot to clone out of the 3rd shot.

I'd be happy if I got those as well. Lots of animation in the first and motion in the wingtips. Focussing is right on. Did you use the CaF or just AF.

Political convention, wind storms, Cause and effect..!
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Good shots Steven. I have an inferior 510 and 70 300 and I've gotten some fair to middlen BIFs : ) I think learning to pan properly helps a lot.
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Thanks for the comments guys. One more funny thing about that hawk. Very shortly after he flew into some distant trees, I happen to see him take off again being chased by a small bird.

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Yep, Steven I've seen the small guys chase the hawks to the point where the hawk will hide in a tree. To far away to get good shots but here's a couple I saw chasing a hawk and in one of the shots the hawk was trying to get dinner home : )
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Good captures there, Eric. #2 is very unusual. Good timing on that one.
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Very nice pictures and camera hunting (taking the shots) Steven !!!
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