This article shares a selection of 22 images of swallow pairs in-flight, captured handheld during a practice session at Windemere Basin Park in Hamilton Ontario. Some of these photographs appear to be of mated pairs, while other images captured some aggressive interactions between the birds.
All of these photographs were severely cropped as the birds were not as close as I would have liked. I’m still trying to hone my eye/hand coordination with these pocket rockets. More practice is required before I’ll be able to get more pixels on subject birds in free flight.
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This article shares some images of swallow mid-air interactions that were captured during an extended swallow in-flight practice session. As noted in a recent article, my swallow eye/hand coordination was in desperate need of practice. So I recently spent over 4 hours at Windemere Basin Park photographing swallows in free flight using Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking with my E-M1X.
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This article shares my first swallow images of 2022, all of which were captured handheld at Windemere Basin Park in Hamilton Ontario. It was a very blustery afternoon with wind gusts of about 70 kilometres per hour which made photographing swallows in free flight even more challenging.
I quickly came to realize that my handheld skills with this particular species were in definite need of some serious practice. So, I focused my photographic efforts with the use of Pro Capture H for all of the images in this posting. These photographs were all captured in about 90 minutes.
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This article shares a selection of handheld photographs of birds-in-flight surface action captured using Pro Capture H.
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This article discusses a BIF fast response practice exercise that I do on a periodic basis as well as sharing some recent images captured during one of these practice sessions.
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Like many area photographers I’m chomping at the bit for the arrival of spring birding season in Southern Ontario. The last week or so has seen the arrival of a number of migratory species so things are beginning to heat up which has fueled my optimism.
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This article features 15 consecutive images of a bufflehead in flight captured handheld with an E-M1X using Pro Capture H at ISO-6400. I captured these images on a practice day that I had designated as “Pro Capture H day”. All of the photographs from that outing were created using Pro Capture H at 60 frames-per-second, and utilizing a single auto-focus point.
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There are many styles of bird photography and adding context with BIF can make images of small birds in-flight more interesting. This article features 15 consecutive photographs from a Pro Capture H image run of a downy woodpecker taking flight, and discusses adding context with BIF photography.
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This article discusses three BIF fundamentals and shares some recent photographs captured handheld during the same visit to LaSalle Park in Burlington Ontario. These three fundamentals are common with a wide range of photography genres: knowledge of the subject, physical skills, and camera gear attributes. Of course there are nuances when it comes to BIF (birds-in-flight).
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This article discusses photographing mid-air altercations using a combination of Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking and Pro Capture L. When I was thinking about creating this article I had very mixed emotions. On one hand I wanted to share the approach that I used to capture these images with readers. On the other hand, I was very hesitant to share these photographs as they are of very marginal quality.
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