Hornbill Taking Flight

This short article shares a collection of 15 consecutive photographs of a Silver-cheeked Hornbill taking flight. These images were captured handheld at Bird Kingdom with an Olympus OM-D E-M1X using Pro Capture H mode.

Given COVID-19 precautions, I have not been out with my camera gear very much over the past while. The images in this article were captured in late December 2019.

As noted earlier, I used Pro Capture H to create these photographs, utilizing a setting of 15 Pre-Shutter Frames, and my Frame Count Limiter also set to 15. I shot at 60 frames-per-second.

I love capturing image runs like this as they help document progressive wing movements of birds, which I find fascinating.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO-6400, Pro Capture H mode

The fifteen photographs that you just viewed were all captured in a total of 1/4 of a second. All of these images were stored in temporary memory until I fully depressed the shutter release on my E-M1X. I did this just as the bird was about to leave the composition. The photographs were then written to my memory card.

This Pro Capture H image run of a Silver-Cheeked Hornbill taking flight is a good example of the precise action details that can be captured when using the Olympus Pro Capture H mode.

Technical Note

Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All are displayed at 100% captures without any cropping. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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