This article features a woodpecker doing a pre-flight crouch. A few readers who are starting to pursue bird photography have sent me emails and asked how a bird signals it is about to take flight. I thought these woodpecker images could help illustrate the pre-flight crouch that is commonly used by small birds.
It is interesting to contemplate how technology can redefine what is possible with photography. We all know how cell phone imaging has been decimating the camera market for the past decade or so. With all of the hype about full frame cameras these days, we seem to forget that cell phones have become globally dominant while using tiny sensors. Imaging technology like computational photography has been driving much of the success of cell phones.
This article shows some examples of cardinals taking flight from twigs. This photographic scenario can be difficult to handle. Often the auto-focusing of our cameras can get confused between a subject bird and the surrounding branches or twigs. It also can be challenging in terms of timing our shutter release. The Olympus Pro Capture H mode is a very good solution.
This article captures a ‘slice of life’ moment and shows a Blue Jay choosing flight over fight.
This article shares some photographs of chickadees that feature interesting wing positions. All were captured handheld during a recent visit to Hendrie Valley.
This article shares a number of photographs of small birds flying with food at Hendrie Valley. All images were captured handheld with an Olympus OM-D E-M1X using the Pro Capture H mode.
This article shares a run of Pro Capture H photographs of a woodpecker taking flight. All images were captured handheld using an Olympus OM-D E-M1X. This posting also describes some of the camera settings used.
This short article shares an image run of a sparrow realizing that it is time to vacate its perch as a woodpecker approaches. All photographs were captured handheld using the Olympus OM-D E-M1X’s Pro Capture H mode.
This short article shares a selection of sparrow in-flight images photographed handheld using the Olympus OM-D E-M1X Pro Capture H mode.
As photographers we are always looking for ‘the shot’ when we capture images of birds. Sometimes the action that happened just before, or just after ‘the shot’… can help define it. Often we can add context by showing an image run. This can be important when doing a presentation at a camera club or discussing photographs with associates. Let’s start by looking at a single photograph taken part way through an image run.