Swallow in flight

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These lil boogers are damn hard to freeze in flight. here is my attempt.
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Thank you, Gordon. I am actually trying to develop a system to capture small songbirds in flight. Not sure it is going to be worth the effort tho as I am not happy with my results so far.
 
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The swallow is a pretty darn fast bird, you did well by at least getting his fact in focus and not the wing-tips or tree branches :)

Great shot!!!!



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Dave

I actually tried this last week and got so damn dizzy chasing these things around with the wimberly, that I almost fell down when I took my eyes from the viewfinder!

I am most impressed :)
 
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Impressive capture Dave. I tried last weekend to do it. Not a single good shot out of 50 ( I must point out that D100's 3 frames rate is not suitable for this kind of shot .. :roll: ). These little guys fly quickly and change altitude constantly. But well, there's some benefit from the experience. I can now follow flying ducks more easily.
 
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I appreciate all the comments. I can picture you getting dizzy, Jim, I can fully relate to that.
Most of the flight shots i get on these small birds I am not actually looking thru the viewfinder. I try to watch them a while and find a "zone", set my exposure with the fastest allowable shutter speed and wait for them to come into the "zone" and fire away.
sort of like an old wartime saying "shoot em all, let God sort em out"
 
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dmwphoto said:
I appreciate all the comments. I can picture you getting dizzy, Jim, I can fully relate to that.
Most of the flight shots i get on these small birds I am not actually looking thru the viewfinder. I try to watch them a while and find a "zone", set my exposure with the fastest allowable shutter speed and wait for them to come into the "zone" and fire away.
sort of like an old wartime saying "shoot em all, let God sort em out"
Thanks for the tip Dave. I will try it.
 
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Great capture, Dave! Flight shots of song birds are extremely difficult for all the reasons noted. I've tried a few times and don't have a single keeper. But that's why we're shooting digital -- shoot all you want without the cost of film and developing!
 
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Dave, Dave, Dave, I just can't believe that you just plopped out the "secret" so darned quickly. Next thing you will tell us is that some of the best Sports Shots, like BBall dunks, come from a bunch of remote cameras, all fired at the same time, and then they choose the 1 great one from 3,000 :lol: .

Super shot, and what many may not realize is just how darned hard it is to even figure out where that "zone" is, and then the patience needed. And even with that, there is still no guarantee that once you "mash the shutter", you will get a shot as nice as this.

What would be interesting to see would be about an 8 frame sequence around this.

Very well done.
 

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