Technique 78 --- Birds in flight.

posted October 27th, 2017
HI everyone, stoked to win the last technique, vaseline soft focus and having the opportunity to propose the next challenge, something completely different to try, or improve at.

Photographing birds in flight is something i really want to do but, I usually just point and shoot and hope for the best . I am sure there are some finer points and camera settings that could help me to get better results, i just havent taken the time to go through my camera settings to get the optimum settings to use. so that is what i want to focus on finding out for this challenge, hopefully others will too, lets practice together.

If anyone has expertise and tips or resources to share please do so below.
In the meantime lets study up with these links to start with. it can be a bit intimidating seeing these guys with all the gear, but just use the best you have.

if you like to read about it try these links to start with
https://digital-photography-school.com/tips-for-photographing-birds-in-flight/
http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/technique/wildlife_photography/photographing-birds-in-flight-57427
https://photographylife.com/birds-in-flight-practice-exercise-find-frame-fire

if you like to learn from videos here are some youtubes explaining some fundamentals , you may need to search for videos for your specific camera model, but you will get the main ideas from watching a few of these.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpFR_UYhOKY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U31Kwnteys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg57mHKnBcg

these videos have lots of the finer points,
nikon tips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCI1tL-aHcE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS4gG8Pk6zc
canon tips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNAk3_Ao6QE

I do hope many of you will enjoy coming to grips with shooting birds in flight, and or improving your skills if you have tried it before. Share as much as you can with your pictures the settings you used and so forth so others can learn from what you have tried.
the challenge will run from 28-10-2017 until 12-11-2017.
tag is technique-78

posted October 27th, 2017
Cool!!! I never knew there was an actual technique associated with this...
posted October 27th, 2017
@northy having watched those videos i am amazed how many factors come into play, in terms of camera settings and thinking about bird habits, panning technique etc. hope its not tooo complicated, but i find a good flight shot fascinating and really want to try being a bit more onto it!

posted October 27th, 2017
@northy found a cheat sheet, see above
posted October 27th, 2017
So interesting, Kali. I'll have to look into it. I've never had luck capturing birds in flight.
posted October 28th, 2017
This is very interesting! I do a lot of birdwatching, but so far I haven't been able to get many pics of birds in flight because in auto mode my camera won't focus fast enough ...The info-graphic and the links are very helpful!
posted October 28th, 2017
@mittens @dsp2 glad you are getting something from it, now lets see your shots :)
posted October 29th, 2017
Like northy I never knew there was an actual technique! Thanks for the cheat sheet, makes it seem really simple. I hope to be able to get out there with some birds.
posted October 29th, 2017
@salza yay! look forward to seeing your efforts, no matter how they turn out!
posted November 2nd, 2017
lets do this
posted November 2nd, 2017
posted November 3rd, 2017
Shutter 1/1000 Aperture F8 & ISO 200

Always try to have a go at this, a lot of unsuccessful ones, perserverance is the key. I struggle with the focus mostly
posted November 3rd, 2017
looks good, its harder to focus among trees i noticed @wenbow f8 was probably a good choice at this distance, more luck getting the bird in the focus zone
posted November 4th, 2017
I really tried for the movement in the wings, but just wasn't able to nail it. so this is one that I was reasonably happy with.

posted November 4th, 2017
And one more that was ok...
posted November 4th, 2017
@deborah63 great! terns are really fast flyers so i know how difficult they are to photograph,
posted November 5th, 2017
Take off


and Fly away
posted November 6th, 2017
@bulldog nice captures, are you going to tag them?
posted November 6th, 2017
Tagged
:)
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