This short article features a series of 15 Pro Capture H images of a dove making a pond landing. All images were captured handheld looking through my kitchen window using an Olympus OM-D E-M1X, M.Zuiko PRO 40-150mm f/2.8 zoom lens, and M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter.
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In the first photograph of our Pro Capture H image run we can see that the dove has jumped from its perched position towards the white stone in my pond. Given the short distance it has to travel its wings will only be used to slow its forward progress.
I used my standard Pro Capture H settings for this series of photographs of a dove making a pond landing. I had my E-M1X set for 15 Pre-shutter Frames, My Frame Counter Limiter was also set to 15 frames.
You’ll notice in the EXIF data that I used -0.7 step of exposure compensation. My pond was in very bright sunlight and my overexposure warning on my camera signaled a potential exposure issue.
One of the things that I like about the handing on my E-M1X is how quickly I can use exposure compensation and immediately see the effects on my EVF and rear screen.
While the photograph above would not be considered a useable image, I do like the amount of wing feather details displayed. The dove is fully applying its ‘air brakes’.
An interesting wing position that unfortunately obscurs the dove’s head. The dove is preparing for a second quick downstroke to slow itself down, then land on the white rock.
A nice mid-air capture of the dove part way through its pond landing. Its wings are being drawn back as it prepares to land.
This is my favourite photograph from this 15 image Pro Capture H pond landing series.
When using Pro Capture H mode I typically have my frame rate set to 60 frames-per-second. This enables me to capture successive photographs with minor variations in body position.
One of the challenges with this frame rate is that the first photograph of the run sets auto-focus and exposure for the following images. Subjects stay in focus when they are travelling parallel to the focal plane of the camera.
Above we see another unuseable photograph if it was taken out of context from this image run.
The dove’s outstretched digits signal touchdown is imminent. I like the spreading of the bird’s flight feathers. Unfortunately the dove’s head is obscured.
The dove’s pond landing has been completed with its wings still drawn fully back at the moment of touchdown.
The last two photographs of the 15 image run capture the dove beginning to relax and dropping its wings down.
All 15 photographs in this Pro Capture H image run were captured in a total of 1/4 of a second. I waited until the dove had completed its pond landing before I fully depressed the shutter release on my E-M1X. The images stored in temporary memory were then written to my UHS-II SD card.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Photographs were cropped to 4600 pixels in width, then resized for web use.
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