This article discusses a gulls in flight challenge that I gave myself, and shares some images I captured during this practice exercise.
Like many photographers, I haven’t been going out with my camera nearly as often as I would like. With COVID-19 safety precautions in place, I’ve been avoiding many of my favourite indoor photography locations. Yesterday I created a couple of practice exercises, one of which was a gulls in flight challenge.
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Rather than simply pan with unobstructed birds-in-flight, I wanted to make my gulls in flight challenge a bit tougher. I decided I would specifically try to photograph gulls in three different scenarios. The first was to photograph birds coming into land amongst other birds… as you can see in the image above and the two immediately below.
The second scenario was to photograph gulls that were landing or flying quite close to my physical location. The next seven images are of this type.
The third scenario in my gulls in flight challenge, was to photograph birds that were flying almost directly at me. This part of the challenge was to see how my E-M1X would perform in terms of continuous auto focus. The final six images in this article fit into this third scenario.
Just to keep things interesting, I limited myself to using the Olympus Cluster Area continuous auto-focusing mode. I shot in Manual, Auto-ISO, using silent shutter at 18 frames-per-second.
In order to get a reasonably low shooting angle I sat on some rocks that were close to the shoreline.
Setting some specific parameters for my gulls in flight challenge made the exercise much more beneficial. It forced me to push my handheld skills, as well as the capabilities of my E-M1X.
It also helped me learn more about using the Olympus Cluster Area continuous auto-focusing mode in various scenarios.
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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