This article shares a collection of 10 consecutive images of a swallow taking flight. All were captured handheld with an Olympus OM-D E-M1X using Pro Capture H.
Lately I’ve have some interesting email exchanges with readers, as well as some comments on this website, about my Pro Capture H settings and the rationale for them. It occurred to me that perhaps the best way to demonstrate why I do what I do, is to show Pro Capture in reverse.
We have just published a new video on YouTube, Photographing Small Birds in Flight with Olympus Pro Capture. This video shares a good selection of still images captured handheld with an Olympus OM-D E-M1X, M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom lens and M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter, using the Pro Capture H mode.
A couple of days ago I spent a few hours photographing sparrows visiting feeders in my backyard. This article shares a good selection of photographs and discusses some of the techniques used to capture the images.
This article discusses the Pro Capture settings that are available on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and some of the factors that a photographer would consider when choosing which settings to use. I’d like to thank one of our readers, Joel Bateman, for asking a question related to one of my earlier articles. This provided the creative spark for this posting.
This short article features a series of 15 Pro Capture H images of a dove making a pond landing. All images were captured handheld looking through my kitchen window using an Olympus OM-D E-M1X, M.Zuiko PRO 40-150mm f/2.8 zoom lens, and M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter.
When photographing birds, anticipating flight direction involves a number of factors. These include body and head position, environmental factors, and habitual behaviours. This article discusses these issues and illustrates how they can be used when anticipating flight direction.
This article shares some images of sparrows flying inside bushes. Many of us who enjoy bird photography will attest to the fact that some action sequences are challenging to photograph. Capturing small birds in flight is challenging at the best of times. To photograph them while they are flying inside bushes takes it up another notch.
This article features a woodpecker doing a pre-flight crouch. A few readers who are starting to pursue bird photography have sent me emails and asked how a bird signals it is about to take flight. I thought these woodpecker images could help illustrate the pre-flight crouch that is commonly used by small birds.
This article shows some examples of cardinals taking flight from twigs. This photographic scenario can be difficult to handle. Often the auto-focusing of our cameras can get confused between a subject bird and the surrounding branches or twigs. It also can be challenging in terms of timing our shutter release. The Olympus Pro Capture H mode is a very good solution.