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TD Cole Dec 22, 2010 11:52 AM

Shooting eagles today
Hi all, does anyone have any ideas outside of the automode for taking pics of eagles in flight today and it IS sunny today if that helps. I often see these eagles (bald) within 10 feet of me taking a salmon.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you:D (FZ35)

saly Dec 22, 2010 12:28 PM

Wagaboo, I'm not speaking from experience, but I've read that Outdoor Sports setting works well for moving animals.

TD Cole Dec 22, 2010 12:34 PM

Thanks Im going to try many different ways today

squirl033 Dec 23, 2010 12:58 AM

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where are you located that you can get eagles within 10 feet??

for moving targets, use shutter priority to ensure proper shutter speed for freezing the action. for eagles in flight, 1/1000 is a good working minimum, though 1/500 is usually enough if you pan with the bird. if your lens won't open wide enough to get a good exposure at that speed, you might have to bump the ISO up a bit. the trick there is to find a balance between keeping the aperture small enough for good DOF and keeping the ISO low enough to minimize noise.

this wasn't taken with an FZ, and it was shot from more like 100 yards away, but it'll give you an idea of what to expect at 1/1000 second...

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BackyardPermaculture Dec 23, 2010 2:09 AM

Rocky, that's an amazing eagle shot!

TD Cole Dec 23, 2010 2:19 AM

Thanks for that info it's appreciate it and posted a pic in the Panasonic forum...what they do is come down and take spawning salmon then fly up the lake bank and there we are standing at the top while they are heading back to their perch hence them being that close many times and they are in Coeur D'Alene, ID

kibaris Dec 23, 2010 4:25 AM

Most of the times I end up with an empty sky... It is more difficult to keep the subject in the frame, than to have a correct exposure... Especially if you zoom a little. The other day I just couldnt keep a whole airplane in the frame ...alexander

LTZ470 Dec 23, 2010 8:52 AM

Get you a Red Dot sight and mount it on the camera then practice using it in Burst Mode to shoot any birds you see after a few weeks you will have the hang of capturing a BIF....

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