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Old May 8, 2007, 1:22 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, 1:40 PM   #2
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i tried the same technique u described a week backin a nearby park to shootsome hawksbut ended up hurting my neck pretty bad )

And worst part is as u said, i coudnt even get one shot that was on focus.


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i tried the same technique u described a week backin a nearby park to shootsome hawksbut ended up hurting my neck pretty bad )

And worst part is as u said, i coudnt even get one shot that was on focus.

I guess I was lucky no pain just that I couldn't get the photos I wanted. Thanks nymphetamine for commenting and for looking.

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Old May 8, 2007, 8:10 PM   #4
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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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Old May 9, 2007, 12:05 AM   #5
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Ah wacky roger. Lucky you that the ospreys didn't do a bombing run on ya while you were sleep. Hehehe. Birding while on your back. That's a new one on me. Interesting attempt though. At least you got some keepers. :G One question though. When looking at your pics, I noticed the first one has more of a brown/yellow coloring and the 2nd one has more of a gray color. Are these 2 different birds or was the lighting different?

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Ah wacky roger. Lucky you that the ospreys didn't do a bombing run on ya while you were sleep. Hehehe. Birding while on your back. That's a new one on me. Interesting attempt though. At least you got some keepers. :G One question though. When looking at your pics, I noticed the first one has more of a brown/yellow coloring and the 2nd one has more of a gray color. Are these 2 different birds or was the lighting different?

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Same bird just on a different side of the ridge so the light was different. I got lucky no bombing runs. Thanks for the make roger smile comment and for taking the time to look.

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Awesome second shot and a pretty darn good first one. All was not lost, you DID get to rest your eyes! Thanks for the funnywrite-up too!
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Awesome second shot and a pretty darn good first one. All was not lost, you DID get to rest your eyes! Thanks for the funnywrite-up too!
Well worth the effort, laughing at myself was a feel good thing. DRGSin thanks for the comment and for looking.

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wackiest idea that may work for laying down to shoot birds
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All right now that looks like it might work unlike my idea. Thanks nymphetamine.

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