Category Archives: Pro Capture

Pro Capture Choices

The number of Pro Capture choices that can be created with almost every attempted image run is both incredible and addicting. After using Pro Capture H and L for a number of years now, I cannot imagine owning a camera that did not have this technology.

This article shares 15 consecutive handheld photographs of two dragonflies briefly meeting. These 15 frames were captured in a total of 1/4 of a second.

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Prepared For Opportunities

Being prepared for opportunities is one of the fundamental factors when it comes to being successful with bird-in-flight photography. This takes some planning, and is also directly impacted by how we set up our camera gear.

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Best BIF Settings

This article discusses best BIF (bird-in-flight) settings, and shares a selection of recently captured photographs of purple martins in free flight. All of the featured images were captured handheld at Biggar Lagoons Wetlands in Grimsby Ontario a few days ago during a quick 1.5 hour visit. It was a very productive outing that created over 100 useable images in a very compressed time frame.

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Puffins Flying in Fog

This article features a selection of images of puffins flying in fog, which were captured handheld during our recent trip to Newfoundland. We were hoping for decent weather but unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate. Eleven of our fourteen days spent touring Newfoundland were dominated by fog and rain. This included our three days at Bonavista and our short duration, daily visits to the nearby Elliston puffin colony.

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Red-Winged Blackbirds

This article features a selection of handheld photographs of Red-winged Blackbirds in flight… all of which were created using Pro Capture H.  Red-winged Blackbirds arrive in our area of Southern Ontario in early spring. Once they have nests with eggs or chicks, Red-winged Blackbirds can become very aggressive.

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Shooting Angles

Choosing shooting angles is something that all photographers face on a regular basis regardless of the subject matter they intend to capture. Shooting angles can affect a range of creative attributes in a photograph including depth-of-field, contrast, and the mood communicated by an image. This article shares some images of birds-in flight (mainly swallows) and discusses the importance of shooting angles in these images.

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Catching Up In Post

Catching up in post with images we have already created can be a challenge, especially if we’ve been out with our cameras on a regular basis. The volume of unprocessed files can be daunting. In an effort to start to get myself somewhat current I’ve been spending time purging some of my April files and processing a few images. It can be interesting what one finds when catching up in post.

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Small BIF with 75-300

This article shares some small BIF (bird-in-flight) images captured handheld with the M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II zoom lens, and an OM-D E-M1 Mark III.

Camera gear choices and related costs can be intimidating to many photographers, especially those who are starting out with bird photography. For many folks, high end camera bodies and exotic lenses, are simply not practical choices.

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Swallows Diving

This article features a selection of handheld photographs that document tree swallows diving at the large pond at Biggar Lagoon Wetlands in Grimsby Ontario. Folks who have attempted to photograph tree swallows in flight can attest to the fact that these diminutive birds are fast and erratic flyers. I often refer to them as ‘pocket rockets’.

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Right Place Right Time

As nature and bird photographers we sometimes overlook the importance of being in the right place at the right time. Often our attention is overly focused on camera gear. We can spend hours debating the relative merits of camera format, brand, model and lenses used. If we care about our craft we’ll invest time in skills development like our eye/hand coordination. All of that goes for naught if we aren’t at the right place at the right time to capture our images.

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