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Barn Swallow in flight

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Phil K, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. I don't know how you guys did it. it always drove me crazy whenever I tried to capture Barn Swallows in flight. Today I tried again with the 200-400 VR + 1.4TC, handheld. These are the few that are barely acceptable.

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    NIKON D3    ---    280mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    ISO 450


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    NIKON D3    ---    280mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    ISO 450


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    NIKON D3    ---    280mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    ISO 450
     
  2. You did a good job just tracking this little rocket. It's a shame it wasn't flying towards you.
     
  3. Phil,

    Like Mike said, it is a challenge to keep up with these guys and you did very well. I love that little twinkle in their eyes.
     
  4. It is difficult for sure. Nice job Phil.
     
  5. Great shooting Phil I can't even catch the whole bird in frame!!!
     
  6. Thank you Mike. They were ready like rockets flying by at different angles and I could not get one flying towards me.

    Thank you Maji. My arms were very sore after trying to track them.

    Thank you Dave. I took a lot of captures are only several are okay.

    Thank you Gary. I have many many that had nothing in the frame. :biggrin:
     
  7. well done, phil
    i like these
     
  8. very nice Phil... I haven't tried this feat as they dart around so erratically.
     
  9. Good job Phil, I haven't managed to be able to do this yet.
     
  10. Thank you Greg. you'll have lots of fun when your long lenses arrive.

    Thank you Paul. You're right about their erratic flight. The fast AF of the D3 helps a lot.

    Thank you Louie. I found tracking is slightly easier handholding the lens than with a gimbal.
     
  11. Sarheat

    Sarheat

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    May 22, 2008
    UAE
    Hi Phil, think you nailed this one, lose the 1.4 and use the 9 point focus, thats what i do

    Good luck
     
  12. Thank you for the great advice. I love your swallow and swift captures.
     
  13. I think they are great. Keep up the good work.
    Lee
     
  14. Thank you Lee. I'll keep trying.
     
  15. You managed to get some decent shots Phil. When I'm done photographing these guys, I need a hot tub to relax all the upper body muscles!
     
  16. Thank you Mao. I had to go back to the car and sit for quite a while before I could continue shooting. :biggrin:
     
  17. good shots of the rocket bird Phil!
     
  18. Thank you Raymond. These birds are really difficult to follow.
     
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