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Old May 8, 2007, 1:21 PM   #1
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Laying down to shoot Birds In Flight

I came up with a brilliant way to take photos. Here is the plan and the test results.

Find a comfortable spot in the flight path of a pair of Osprey, lay down on my back and in between power naps look up and get a few photos of the Osprey flying by. Clean off the new nap area spread a few inches of pine needles, fold up my vest for a pillow and I am ready to out smart the Osprey from a lazy position. YUP!!! this idea might win the idea of the year award.

I had a few un-expected problems.

1. Their timing was all wrong: When I had my eyes close is when they flew by

2. Trying to aim my BushHawk while laying on my back was very difficult. I got one photo that I decided to keep. All the other attempts ended up with parts of the Osprey or the sky only.



After laughing about my UN-Brilliant idea I stood up and captured a little better one.





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Old May 8, 2007, 2:42 PM   #2
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Lol. Did you enjoy the lay down though. The trick is to just close one eye. Rest that one and then when ready change eyes. Great pics again Roger. Keith
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Old May 8, 2007, 3:21 PM   #3
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Great Idea, did something alike a short time back.

During the mid daybreak at work I quickly drove to a place where there are a lot of heron's. Only to find none, so I sat down in the shade and decided to wait.
Now that wait took about 2 hours ... ... before I woke up.

Luckily I don't have fixed hours to work

At least you did get a great shot, and the second one is just as great.

Better luck next time:G - Ronny
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Roger,

Great pict and nice try on the laidback method. I did the same thing for GBH shots (around their nests area) as all my conventional shots ended up with a lot of distracting branches . And the nest itself directly above me posed the biggest problem.
Anyway maybe I was too greedy in lying down for close up 40-50 ft shots, all GBH changed their flightpath once I lied down.
Next time I should get a rental of this



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Old May 8, 2007, 5:31 PM   #5
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Lol. Did you enjoy the lay down though. The trick is to just close one eye. Rest that one and then when ready change eyes. Great pics again Roger. Keith
Keith good idea on one eye at a time. Thanks for commenting and for looking.

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Old May 8, 2007, 7:16 PM   #6
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Hey Roger...great pics (as usual) & an ingenious & creative idea for napping! Just tell the missus that you're out shooting! That's what I tell my wife when I'm "deer hunting" & from my buddies tell me, I really have some big deer come around my stand...I never have believed them though:G:G:G:G. Another friend swears by the "nap"rule...the biggest deers that he harvested were there upon wake up.

Thanks for sharing!

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Old May 8, 2007, 8:13 PM   #7
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rhermans wrote:
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Great Idea, did something alike a short time back.

During the mid daybreak at work I quickly drove to a place where there are a lot of heron's. Only to find none, so I sat down in the shade and decided to wait.
Now that wait took about 2 hours ... ... before I woke up.

Luckily I don't have fixed hours to work

At least you did get a great shot, and the second one is just as great.

Better luck next time:G - Ronny
:-) Great story Ronny. Many times I also have fallen asleep out in the woods. Thanks for the comment and for looking.

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Old May 8, 2007, 8:15 PM   #8
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Roger,

Great pict and nice try on the laidback method. I did the same thing for GBH shots (around their nests area) as all my conventional shots ended up with a lot of distracting branches . And the nest itself directly above me posed the biggest problem.
Anyway maybe I was too greedy in lying down for close up 40-50 ft shots, all GBH changed their flightpath once I lied down.
Next time I should get a rental of this



My ultimate birdie photographic equipment

Daniel , Toronto
Very good thinking Daniel on the next needed photo accessory. That would work out real well especially if it was 4 wheel drive. Thanks for looking and for the fun comment with a photo.

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I got to thinking about the weight so I weighed the set up.

K10D, BIGMA, BushHawk, Rifle Sling & Metal swivels for the sling. 8 pounds.

Me and the set up 160 pounds.


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Well, that's quite imaginative. You would have always regretted it if you hadn't tried it out.

There's also the saying that "practice makes perfect." Perhaps if you try it again a couple of times you'll get better results. Or not...
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