This short article shares a selection of 12 consecutive images of a Blue Jay taking flight. The photographs were captured handheld using an Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the Pro Capture H mode.
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In our first frame we can see our subject Blue Jay doing a pre-flight crouch as is common with small birds.
The Blue Jay’s feet are just leaving its perch as it launches forward and begins to open its wings.
The Blue Jay is now in mid-air with its digits still open and wings in an upstroke.
A nice action capture with the Blue Jay just beginning its downstroke and its feet clearly visible.
The Blue Jay’s wings are now partially through its first downstroke.
A nice view of the Blue Jay’s wings as they almost complete their downstroke motion.
The Blue Jay’s first downstroke is now fully completed.
The Blue Jay is now bringing its wings back up in the early stages of its second upstroke.
The second wing upstroke continues.
The Blue Jay’s second upstroke has almost reached its apex.
The Blue Jay’s second downstroke now begins.
The Blue Jay is half way through its second downstroke just before it begins to leave the frame.
The 12 consecutive frames of a Blue Jay taking flight that you just viewed were all captured in a total of 1/5 of a second using the Pro Capture H mode of my Olympus OM-D E-M1X. As an avid bird photographer, Pro Capture H is one of my ‘must have’ photographic options.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Photographs were cropped to approximately 4430 pixels on the width, then resized for web use.
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