Some GBH shots....

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While I was out shooting the Coots last Saturday (and hoping for more), this guy (gal??) just flew into my field of view, and made a complete 360 degree turn right in front of me.

I'm lucky that I didn't just fall over, and I got a couple of decent shots off. :wink:

These have been cropped some, in most cases just enough to frame the bird a little better than the original. All taken with the D2H / 300mm f/2.8 + TC-17EII.

Your comments and critiques on composition, exposure, processing or other factors are greatly appreciated. I want to get to be good at this.... :mrgreen:

Here he (she?) comes into the frame:
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Passing directly in front:
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Starting the turn:
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Headed this way:
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Passing by the *other* way:
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There s/he goes:
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Say bye, bye:
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BTW, the originals look much better to me than these reduced size shots, but I'm trying to comply with the Café 800 pixel limit.... :roll: You can see them here on page 6 (and the previous page):

http://flew.smugmug.com/gallery/263042/6/15417003

Regards,

Frank
 
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Frank,

Really nice tracking. It is hard to keep them in the frame that long, especially when they went around you! How did you keep from hitting the sun?

See you in 10 days,
Bob
 
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bobhoge said:
Frank,

Really nice tracking. It is hard to keep them in the frame that long, especially when they went around you! How did you keep from hitting the sun?

See you in 10 days,
Bob
Bob,

His birds are trained. they dont move, just maintain a pose. Believe me, I've seen it in action. :D
 
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bobhoge said:
Frank,

Really nice tracking. It is hard to keep them in the frame that long, especially when they went around you! How did you keep from hitting the sun?

See you in 10 days,
Bob
Bob,

I was not clear. :oops:

He did the 360 in front of me, not around me.... :) I actually got about a dozen shots off as he flew by, turned towards me, then flew by again and then over to the pylons that you can see in the background.

Pretty lucky I would say.... :wink:

Regards,

Frank
 
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Flew said:
He did the 360 in front of me, not around me.... :) I actually got about a dozen shots off as he flew by, turned towards me, then flew by again and then over to the pylons...
Frank, do you use AF-C for this kind of series? Do you think the AF system kept up, or was it predictive focus?
 
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UncleFrank said:
Frank, do you use AF-C for this kind of series? Do you think the AF system kept up, or was it predictive focus?
Frank,

Yes, I use AF-C. I think that the AF system kept up although I can't be positive of this. I have a habit of stabbing at the AF-On button (where I have my AF activation) while tracking birds like this, so I may have just done repeated acquires.

Sorry I couldn't give you a more definitive answer. :(

Frank
 
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