This article discusses some of the considerations associated with developing a swallow BIF technique, and shares a selection of photographs. Many of the images in this article were created during my recent swallow Bird AI test at Windermere Basin Park in Hamilton, Ontario. Others were captured during previous visits to this location. This is a lengthy article, so grab a cup of coffee or other beverage.
This article features a collection of handheld photographs captured with an E-M1X, all of which feature pairs of swallows in flight. Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking was used for all of the images in this article.
This article shares a collection of six consecutive photographs of a killdeer in flight at Hendrie Valley, captured with an E-M1X. All images were captured handheld using the E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking.
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.
The extreme crops of a kingfisher in flight featured in this article were captured handheld using Pro Capture L and my E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking function. The subject bird was approximately 75 metres away. I would not normally even bother trying to photograph a small bird-in-flight at this distance. These images were captured as a quick test.
This article shares my experiences using M.Zuiko teleconverters when shooting handheld, and discusses their relative merits.
This article shares a selection of photographs of small birds at 1120 mm equivalent field-of-view. All images were captured handheld during a recent visit to Hendrie Valley.
Observing habitual bird behaviour is an important component of capturing successful photographs of birds exhibiting various actions. This article shares a 15-frame Pro Capture H image run of of male cardinal taking flight from our pond and discusses considerations that contributed to these photographs.
After some field experience using Pro Capture L with Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking to photograph birds-in-flight, I’ve decided it will be my primary BIF setting. While this technology combination did require some adjustment to my technique, it was worth the effort to make the change.