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Old Apr 11, 2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Caspian Tern. More shots on Flickr. FZ150. NR -2, Contrast and Sharpness -1, Saturation 0. Lightly edited in Lightroom 4. These are hard to shoot as they move rather fast, but that makes them fun.

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Old Apr 11, 2012, 11:48 PM   #2
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Steve, that's a beautiful photo! I love the deep blue of the sky, & beautiful white bird with the orange beak.
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Steve that is a very well done BIF shot.

I would love to know the technique you use to capture this type of shot. Not talking about the internal setup but how you capture the bird in the frame.

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Old Apr 12, 2012, 9:25 PM   #6
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Thanks Carol, Alex, jj, saly.

And jj, luck, learning, and cropping. Starting with luck, I probably took a hundred shots to get the five or six you can see under this one on Flickr. There were more good ones, but many were worthy of instant deletion.

Learning - I watch these terns over the lake often and learn their pattern, which is a very large circle. Easier to track them over Lake Michigan, but that lake is so big the circle can cover a mile, so most of the time they are out of range, and the when they come into range they move so fast they overwhelm the frame as I am not good at backing off the zoom while tracking. So this shot was over an inland pond right near the lake so it attracts the terns, but they cannot do a mile circle and spend more time within range, and knowing the circle makes it easier to track them.

Cropping - I try and get the whole bird in the picture, (no brainer) but almost always have to crop to do that. If you take a picture and divide it into four sections, I never crop tighter than the size of one of those sections, and try to have less cropping. But I almost always have to crop flight birds at least a little as, if I don't, the percentage of good shots would be way less than it is now.

Forgot, I shoot burst mode. The FZ150 has the best burst mode of any of the FZ cameras I have had, and the EVF has better real time than any prior one. But, I have shot good birds in flight with all of them.

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Thanks Carol, Alex, jj, saly.

And jj, luck, learning, and cropping. Starting with luck, I probably took a hundred shots to get the five or six you can see under this one on Flickr. There were more good ones, but many were worthy of instant deletion.

Learning - I watch these terns over the lake often and learn their pattern, which is a very large circle. Easier to track them over Lake Michigan, but that lake is so big the circle can cover a mile, so most of the time they are out of range, and the when they come into range they move so fast they overwhelm the frame as I am not good at backing off the zoom while tracking. So this shot was over an inland pond right near the lake so it attracts the terns, but they cannot do a mile circle and spend more time within range, and knowing the circle makes it easier to track them.

Cropping - I try and get the whole bird in the picture, (no brainer) but almost always have to crop to do that. If you take a picture and divide it into four sections, I never crop tighter than the size of one of those sections, and try to have less cropping. But I almost always have to crop flight birds at least a little as, if I don't, the percentage of good shots would be way less than it is now.

Forgot, I shoot burst mode. The FZ150 has the best burst mode of any of the FZ cameras I have had, and the EVF has better real time than any prior one. But, I have shot good birds in flight with all of them.

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Steve,

Thank you very much for the great information you provided, very interesting.

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