This short article features some photographs of a robin taking flight in my backyard. For the foreseeable future I won’t be able to do any offsite bird photography as we are doing our part in terms of social distancing to help combat COVID-19. So, I will do the best I can by capturing some images of birds that visit my backyard.
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The robin pictured above landed on one of the cross braces of a deck that I’m in the process of rebuilding. It looked around quickly, then took flight again.
This barely gave me enough time to acquire focus on it and execute a Pro Capture H run. Fortunately my Olympus OM-D E-M1X was up to the task. The six photographs in this article were all captured in a total of 1/10th of a second.
Since robins eat worms and insects they are typically found scurrying around on the ground. This makes it difficult to get a good shooting angle when they take flight.
The result is typically a camera angle looking down on the robin which obscures the underside of its wing and chest.
Being in the right place at the right time is a key ingredient of many bird photographs. We also need to be ready ‘in the moment’ and our gear must perform up to expectations. Fortunately everything came together for these images.
I haven’t had much luck photographing robins in the past. This robin taking flight produced the best image run I’ve been able to capture thus far. Right in my own backyard!
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 approximately 4800 pixels on the width, then resized for web use.
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