Sparrow In-Flight

This short article shares a selection of sparrow in-flight images photographed handheld using the Olympus OM-D E-M1X Pro Capture H mode.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Our first image run includes seven consecutive photographs of a sparrow in-flight as it lands on a tree. This particular bird approached from a much higher angle than I had anticipated.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 180 mm, efov 360 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.8 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 180 mm, efov 360 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.8 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 180 mm, efov 360 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.8 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 180 mm, efov 360 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.8 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 180 mm, efov 360 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.8 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 180 mm, efov 360 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.8 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 180 mm, efov 360 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.8 metres

Our next three images captured a sparrow in-flight. It was hovering near the same tree. Unfortunately there was a large woodpecker in the immediate area. As a result the sparrow’s flight pattern was quite erratic. This caused it to go in and out of focus. I chose three images from various parts of the Pro Capture H run.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 220 mm, efov 440 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.6 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 220 mm, efov 440 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.6 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 220 mm, efov 440 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 4.6 metres

Our final Pro Capture H image run of a sparrow in-flight was my favourite of the day. I noticed a sparrow perched on the end of a twig. I was able to quickly focus on it and start my Pro Capture H run just prior to it launching into flight.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-2500, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 5.1 metres

The next two frames were my best of my visit to Hendrie Valley that day…

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-2500, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 5.1 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-2500, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 5.1 metres

Here is the balance of the Pro Capture H image run…

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-2500, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 5.1 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-2500, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 5.1 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-2500, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 5.1 metres
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + N.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-2500, Pro Capture H mode, subject distance 5.1 metres

Even common birds like sparrows can be an enjoyable photographic experience when images capture them in-flight.

Technical Note:
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. All images were cropped, then resized for internet use.

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