Mid Flight U-Turn

Sometimes Mother Nature sends us small ‘slice of life’ gifts when we least expect them. This short article features a series of 26 consecutive images of a house sparrow taking off, then doing a mid flight U-turn.

This series of photographs of a mid flight U-turn was captured hand-held in my backyard this past weekend.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO-2500, Pro Capture Mode

The photographs of a house sparrow doing a mid flight U-turn fall into the ‘cute’ or the ‘fun to see’ category. I was expecting the sparrow to continue on its journey and leave the frame. Not do a mid-flight U-turn and return to the bird feeder. Sometimes these little slices of life from nature are metaphors for our own lives. How many of us have done a mid flight U-turn in our own life?

Technical Note:
All photographs were captured hand-held in available light using camera equipment as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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4 thoughts on “Mid Flight U-Turn”

  1. Thomas,
    You are clearly enjoying your new gear and its capabilities. You have become a very skilled flight photographer very quickly. In this article, the swallow is actually a house sparrow, but it really shows the possibilities with Pro Capture. As an early adopter of the Olympus system, I’m really enjoying your articles.

    Glen

    1. Hi Glen,

      I have been photographing so many swallows lately that I had ‘swallow on the brain’… LOL. I knew the bird in the image was a sparrow… my brain was telling me sparrow… my fingers typed swallow. Thanks for catching the typo… I have corrected it.

      Yes, I am very much enjoying my Olympus gear. Even after using Olympus Loaner Gear for 6 weeks… I am still getting used to shooting with it. Not second nature yet… but for some subject matter I’m getting close to that stage.

      Tom

  2. Tom,

    Exquisite run I must say! The details of the wings as well as the subtle movements of the body, leg, claws, head are a study in flying biomechanics as these are rather swift/quick movements that are almost invisible to us. Can’t say enough about your skill set as well as the capability of the Olympus E-M1X. Very, very impressive!

    Oggie
    http://www.lagalog.com

    1. Thanks Oggie… I’m glad you enjoyed the images and the little slice of life that they captured. The Pro Capture mode can be adjusted in a number of ways, including frame rate. In the case of this image run I used a frame rate of 60 frames per second. This allowed me to capture a good selection of wing and body positions.

      Tom

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