This short article shares a selection of perched and flying chickadees at ISO-6400, photographed using Olympus camera gear. Obviously using a high ISO is not ideal… but I love these little birds and I do what it takes to get my images.
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Let’s begin with a few images of perched chickadees at ISO-6400. One of the things that you will notice with these photographs is the out-of-focus background even though an aperture of f/8 was used.
One of the common fallacies that exists about using smaller sensor cameras is that shallow depth-of-field and good subject separation cannot be achieved.
Here’s my favourite perched chickadee image from this particular photographic outing.
During this trip to Hendrie Valley there was another visitor hand feeding birds. This gave me the opportunity to use the Olympus Pro Capture H feature to photograph some chickadees in flight.
I used my standard Pro Capture H settings for all of the following images, with my Pre-shutter frames and Frame Count Limiter both to 15, and shooting at 60 frames-per-second.
Sometimes birds fly in at lower than expected angles. This necessitates some cropping in post.
Here’s one of my favourite chickadees at ISO-6400 images. I used a pretty aggressive crop on this particular photograph reducing the original image to 3246 pixels on the width.
All things considered, I was pretty happy with the results of my visit to Hendrie Valley that day.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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