Category Archives: Birds in Flight

Backyard Hummingbird

Having the opportunity to photograph a backyard hummingbird doesn’t happen all that frequently in Southern Ontario. These little pocket rockets only migrate to our region for a few months of the year. In an attempt to attract hummingbirds my wife refreshes the sugar solution in a couple of hummingbird feeders we have on our back deck every few days. She has also planted some flowers that tend to attract hummingbirds.

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ISO-10000 BIF Test

I recently did an ISO-10000 BIF test to experiment with the Severe Noise capability of Topaz Denoise AI when capturing a bird taking flight. My subject was a robin perched deep inside a pine tree in very dark shade. The sequence of images was captured using my E-M1X’s Pro Capture H technology. My standard small bird Pro Capture H settings were used, i.e. both Pre Shutter Frames and Frame Limiter were set to 15, utilizing a frame rate of 60 fps.

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Tracking with Terns

This article, Tracking with Terns, shares a selection of action photographs of terns in flight in a variety of poses. Terns are quite common birds and happen to be one of my favourite subjects during the spring/summer birding season in Southern Ontario.

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Revisiting V3 Osprey Images

This article shares a selection of Nikon 1 V3 osprey images which were captured handheld using a 1 Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens. Over the past little while I’ve been culling through older files to get prepared for some computer upgrades. This has resulted in the review of a wide variety of photographs as I decide whether to save, cull or revisit them in post. During the past week alone I’ve culled over 368 GB of old photography files. 🙂 Lots more to go too! Including my back-up drives my computer system is running 50 TB of hard drive space.

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Swallows Taking Flight

During some recent visits to Hendrie Valley I had the opportunity to capture a selection of handheld images of swallows taking flight. All were taken using Pro Capture H with my standard small bird settings of 15 Pre-Shutter Frames, Frame Limiter set to 15, and 60 frames-per-second.

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Osprey Aggressive Crops

This article features a selection of aggressive crops of osprey fishing images, captured handheld with an E-M1X at Hendrie Valley last week. Each of us have our own style of photography. For me, ‘aggressive’ crops are anything less than 3000 pixels on the width of a M4/3, 20 MP, 5184 x 3888 photograph.

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Swallows Mating

This article features 8 consecutive photographs of two swallows mating, including the male bird approaching the female in mid-air. All images were captured handheld using an E-M1X, M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS and M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter. Pro Capture H was utlized, with my standard settings for this technology.

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BIF Triple Coordination

The importance of practising BIF triple coordination is discussed in this article, as well as sharing a selection of new, handheld practise images. We all appreciate the need for eye/hand coordinaton when it comes to BIF (birds-in-flight) photography. Sometimes we overlook the importance of also coordinating focal length.

Like many photographers I can get caught up in the moment and not remain as cognizant as I should be when it comes to adjusting my focal length. When shooting with my lens fully extended, patience waiting for my desired image framing, takes the place of adjusting my lens focal length.

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