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Pelican headthrow #2

Discussion in 'Birds' started by muralin, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. muralin


    Jan 28, 2007
    Redmond, WA
    Pelicans are always fun to photograph. This one shot in La Jolla using a 70-200VR+TC17EII teleconverter on a D300… photographing headthrows are a bit challenging for the following reasons:
    - Headthrow happens very fast - about a second or so
    - Auto focus gets fooled frequently… during the headthrow, as the pelicans neck is narrow, autofocus sees the ocean in the background and starts to hunt
    - The depth of field is shallow (under a foot) and getting its eye sharp is tough as the pelican's head swings forward & backward during the headthrow.

    I have been trying to shoot a headthrow since 2005. Never succeeded with my D70 and the 80-400 Nikkor. the autofocus loses the bird and hunts for an object in the background (ocean). 70-200VR autofocus is so fast that it locks on to the pelican even when the headthrow starts and ends in about a second!!!

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  2. jerryshenk


    Jan 8, 2009
    well, you certainly nailed the focus on this one. Good shot...I never even heard of a "head throw" before...amazing what you can learn here;) 
  3. Had to do a double take to determine which was the top of the head. Very nice capture! Thanks for sharing.
  4. Very nice and unusual pose. Excellent shot.
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