Tag Archives: E-M1X Bird Detection AI

Single Point AF with Bird AI

This article discusses the advantage of using a single point AF with Bird AI and other Intelligent Subject Tracking modes in the E-M1X. This posting includes a sample image run to help demonstrate how using single point AF with Bird AI can help overcome potentially difficult shooting situations. This article has been updated to include the fact that C-AF +TR needs to be turned on for Intelligent Subject Tracking to work. A few other modifications have also been done, including correcting some technical inaccuracies.

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Swans at War

This article features a good selection of handheld images of swans at war, fighting in a back section of one of the ponds at Hendrie Valley. All photographs were captured using the E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, along with an M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens fitted with an M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter. I used ‘pulse shooting’ for all of the photographs.

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Bonanza of Merganser

On Sunday I went to the lift bridge in Burlington Ontario to photograph longtail ducks and was treated to a bonanza of merganser ducks. Mergansers usually visit this location in mid to late November and stay for 6 to 8 weeks… and sometimes longer.

The longtails usually outnumber the mergansers by a ratio of about 20 to 1, making it difficult to spot the mergansers. Typically there are only a handful mixed in with the longtails. I was pleasantly surprised that there were several dozen mergansers in the area.

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Reflections of a Swan Charge

This short article shares a selection of 10 consecutive images that feature water reflections of a swan charge as the bird raced in my direction.  All of the photographs were captured handheld using a combination of the E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking and Pro Capture L technologies.

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Osprey Aggressive Crops

This article features a selection of aggressive crops of osprey fishing images, captured handheld with an E-M1X at Hendrie Valley last week. Each of us have our own style of photography. For me, ‘aggressive’ crops are anything less than 3000 pixels on the width of a M4/3, 20 MP, 5184 x 3888 photograph.

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BIF Triple Coordination

The importance of practising BIF triple coordination is discussed in this article, as well as sharing a selection of new, handheld practise images. We all appreciate the need for eye/hand coordinaton when it comes to BIF (birds-in-flight) photography. Sometimes we overlook the importance of also coordinating focal length.

Like many photographers I can get caught up in the moment and not remain as cognizant as I should be when it comes to adjusting my focal length. When shooting with my lens fully extended, patience waiting for my desired image framing, takes the place of adjusting my lens focal length.

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Getting Better with Age

I’m still wrapping my head around my Olympus cameras getting better with age as additional capabilities are provided through firmware updates. My previous experience with other cameras was that firmware updates were mainly used to fix software bugs, not give me new capabilities at no additional cost.

When I purchased my first E-M1X I was amazed with the camera’s innovative functionality, build quality, handling and ergonomics. Having read about how Olympus would add features through software, I was anticipating that birds would be added to the E-M1X’s Intelligent Subject Tracking.

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Backyard Pigeons

This article shares some new images of pigeons in flight that were captured handheld in my backyard, using an E-M1X with Bird AI. Unlike many downtown environments, pigeons are not that common in our residential area. I haven’t had very much luck capturing photographs of pigeons in flight in the past. My lack of past success is likely due to a combination of my own technique, limited angles of view in my backyard, and the auto-focusing performance of the camera gear used in previous attempts.

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Swallow Bird AI Test

This article features photographs captured as part of my swallow Bird AI test, and discusses my field testing. All images were captured handheld with and OM-D E-M1X fitted with an M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens, and using Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking.

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