The extreme crops of a kingfisher in flight featured in this article were captured handheld using Pro Capture L and my E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking function. The subject bird was approximately 75 metres away. I would not normally even bother trying to photograph a small bird-in-flight at this distance. These images were captured as a quick test.
The seven photographs of a kingfisher in flight featured in this article are from the same image run. The M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens and the MC-14 teleconverter were used at a combined focal length of 545 mm, efov 1090 mm.
The original full frame capture (re-sized for web use) along with an extreme crop of approximately 1800 pixels on the width, are displayed for each photograph.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
I’ve found that trying to photograph a kingfisher in flight is a challenge at the best of times. This quick test produced the best results that I have been able to achieve thus far of a kingfisher in flight. I was surprised with the results given the distance of the bird, and the relatively small number of pixels I was able to get on the kingfisher.
Obviously these extreme crops are not particularly usable, but they do make me optimistic about using the combination of Pro Capture L and the E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking to photograph smaller birds in flight. Whether I’ll be able to capture a kingfisher in flight at a closer distance remains to be seen.
My EM-1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking did a great job recognizing the kingfisher in flight. It locked on to it when I half-depressed my shutter release and tracked with the bird, recording 10 images in temporary memory as I shot in Pro Capture L. Then, when I fully depressed my shutter release those 10 Pre-Shutter images were written to my memory card, as well as additional post shutter frames. I used my standard Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking settings, including a single AF point.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Photographs are displayed as full frame captures that have been resized for web use. Crops of the original images are indicated where appropriate.
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