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Old Feb 13, 2008, 3:21 AM   #1
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Tooooooo hard! But fun.:G

This guy was taken with K10D, FA 80-320mm at 260mm f/5.6 1/1600s ISO 100.

Focus Point set to AUTO and with AF-C.

Image was cropped and resized.

Look at the image, looks like the focus ...... falled the the tail :?.

Well, I think I need some experience BIF shooters tell me way how to improve it.
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 5:39 AM   #2
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Tooooooo hard! But fun.¬*:G

This guy was taken with K10D, FA 80-320mm at 260mm f/5.6 1/1600s ISO 100.¬*

Focus Point set to AUTO and with AF-C.

Image was cropped and resized.

Look at the image, looks like the focus¬* ...... falled the the tail :?.

Well, I think I need some experience BIF shooters tell me way how to improve it.¬*
Congrat. You have a timely capture of the bird. Keep posting. You are off to a great start

You may improve your chance or get more keepers the next time .

Take pict of the subject flying from one side to the other . Not flying directly facing you.

Use iso 800 and shutter even faster say 1/2000s or 1/2500s and aperture F8 (not F5.6) to improve the depth of field.

Focus/metering point should be set to center instead of relying on auto because both of which change real faster than what the camera can handle.

You may improve keepers rate (very important for the 2nd and 3rd or the 4th in focus consecutive shots ) by doing things manual

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...834531#p834531


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Old Feb 13, 2008, 12:28 PM   #3
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I did a quick pp in PSE3. Cropped to emphasize the shape of the bird with wings pointing upwards, "Auto contrast" and a little levels adjustment of the centre leverto the left, and a little unsharp mask. Would have been able to make more with the original, not to talk of a possible RAW original. This is raw material for a very nice shot, Ken!

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Old Feb 13, 2008, 3:59 PM   #4
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What a great shot! Looks like something from area 51! Good job on the PP Daniel.

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Old Feb 13, 2008, 4:18 PM   #5
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a really nice and unusual shot. i keep it in mind..

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Old Feb 17, 2008, 2:47 AM   #6
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(I'd been out couple days)

Daniel, thanks for the tips. I really appreciate it.

Kjell, thanks for spending time on my not good picture. I need to learn how to use PS more effectively.

Glenn and Roy, thanks for your kind words. Actually, the shot was pure lucky of me, not intended initially. I was waiting to get a shot of a tiny bird hiding in the branches,when I had a quick look around, I saw that guyfrom far was flyingwith directiontoward me, I just swungup my cam and shot and shot, kept clickingfor5 shots then it dashed out. This pict is the best of the bunch, the other 4 were terribly blured. Anyway, it was only few seconds but I had GREAT FUN.

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Old Feb 18, 2008, 7:54 AM   #7
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Hi Ken

Plaudits to you for posting one of the most difficult BIF shots coming right at you.

In these cases there is no real time for thinking but beforehand choose a wider focal length if time permits and then crop to suit. Also try to focus on the head of incoming bird.

BIF shots require a bit of luck so delight in the good ones.

If you know ofregular bird perches with open space around check them out for best time of day to get good sunlight on birds.

Birds usually hunch a bit before take off so when hunch time fire away on continuous.

Good luck& Enjoy.

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Old Feb 18, 2008, 10:15 AM   #8
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Ken

If I showed you my first attempt at BIF it would be clear sky and no bird :lol:

I prefer to wait til they get tired and land. :|

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Not bad, not bad at all! To scream it out loud, jolly good old chap! (he said with a stiff upper lip). Nice to hear from you. Was this shot at your recent dwellings?

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Yes it was, there are hundreds of these birds in the air, in the afternoon they get into a big group and spiral up in the thermals and disappear.

Early morning they usually hang close to the ground and sit around watching us. :G

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