Category Archives: Animals

Using 60 FPS for BIF

This article discusses using 60 FPS (frames per second) to photograph BIF (birds-in-flight) and shares an extensive collection of handheld images captured a few days ago.

I should apologize in advance for the overall quality of the images in this article. These photographs were captured under very dull, overcast and windy conditions. Not the best for image quality… but very good test conditions if one is inclined to push their camera gear hard as I’m apt to do. 🙂

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Using Teleconverters for BIF

This article discusses using teleconverters for BIF and some of the practical considerations that come into play with this type of photography. Many people love to photograph birds and really enjoy capturing images of birds-in-flight (BIF). Using long telephoto lenses can be a challenge. This is compounded when teleconverters are added to the mix.

All of the photographs featured in this article were captured handheld in about 2 hours and 15 minutes during a visit to the lift bridge in Burlington Ontario on Tuesday of this week.

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Bonanza of Merganser

On Sunday I went to the lift bridge in Burlington Ontario to photograph longtail ducks and was treated to a bonanza of merganser ducks. Mergansers usually visit this location in mid to late November and stay for 6 to 8 weeks… and sometimes longer.

The longtails usually outnumber the mergansers by a ratio of about 20 to 1, making it difficult to spot the mergansers. Typically there are only a handful mixed in with the longtails. I was pleasantly surprised that there were several dozen mergansers in the area.

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Focus Stacking Compatibility

This article discusses the focus stacking compatibility of various Olympus/OM System cameras and lenses and provides a current gear listing. A selection of new in-camera focus stacked images recently captured handheld at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory are featured.

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BIF Practice at 1600 mm

This article discusses an approach I use for BIF (birds-in-flight) practice at 1600 mm equivalent field-of-view. While I don’t usually  photograph birds-in-flight using this long focal length, I do find it beneficial to periodically practice my handheld technique and eye/hand coordination at this very long focal length.

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HHHR Butterfly Test

This article features some Handheld Hi Res HHHR butterfly test images captured last week at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. It has probably been over 18 months since I did any photography at this facility due to COVID 19 restrictions. Needless to say, I was a bit rusty. It didn’t take too long to get back in the grove though. 🙂

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Hit Rate Is Irrelevant

This article discusses why calculating hit rate is irrelevant for me and does not provide me with any actionable information. Also included in this posting are some images of a clearwing hummingbird moth in flight. These images were captured handheld in my backyard on August 4th. Sometimes it takes a while for me to dedicate time to process my photographs. 🙂

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Photographing Approaching Birds

When photographing approaching birds a variety of methods can be used depending on the objectives of the photographer. Some species may be uncommon and sometimes getting any kind of image is a thrill. I always enjoy photographing approaching birds when they are coming in to land as these represent great opportunities to create bird photographs that feature interesting wing and body positions.

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Stopping For Nature

This article discusses a ‘stopping for nature’ exercise and shares a selection of photographs captured during a recent walk at LaSalle Park in Burlington Ontario. All of the images in this article were created handheld using the E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking technology.

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