This article features 24 consecutive images of a swan on the run crossing the surface of a pond at Hendrie Valley in Burlington Ontario. I made a quick focal length adjustment part way through capturing this series of photographs, going from a focal length of 508 mm (efov 1016 mm) to 400 mm (efov 800 mm). When we photograph birds-in-motion we sometimes need to make a quick focal length adjustment to maintain the relative framing of the subject in our image run.
Let’s have a look at the first portion of our selection of images. These were captured using a focal length of 508 mm (efov 1016 mm). I used Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking along with pulse shooting technique throughout this series of photographs.
I somehow squeezed off one photograph part way through adjusting my lens focal length, as the image below was captured at 456 mm (efov 912 mm).
The balance of the swan on the run photographs featured in this article were captured using a focal length of 400 mm (efov 800 mm).
At times we can get absorbed in the action when photographing birds-in-motion and we can forget to adjust our focal length during our image captures.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced using my standard process. After running my RAW files through DxO PhotoLab 4 using one of my custom pre-sets, I made some minor adjustments in PhotoShop CS6. My final step was using Topaz Sharpening AI. Crops are indicated. This is the 1,113 article published on this website since its original inception in 2015.
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