Pelican headthrow #2

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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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;)

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