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After about 1 1/2 hour sitting taking shots of the birds this was about the best of what I was trying for. Not perfect but getting there hopefully. I am open to any advice regarding capturing small birds in flight.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18 300
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Chaffinch
Username:JG123456 JG123456
Uploaded:2 May 2010 - 5:51 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2010 - 5:54 PM

This is superb. It seems to me that you hardly need any advice with captures like this!!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2010 - 6:01 PM

This is fantastic, very well captured. Carol

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OliPackwood
2 May 2010 - 6:01 PM

wow, awesome shot. I would love to get a shot like this!

Oli

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woollyback
2 May 2010 - 6:03 PM

Very nice

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wolf1
wolf1  4 United Kingdom
2 May 2010 - 6:21 PM

Excellent shot, well done.
Andy

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2010 - 6:23 PM

Think this was well worth 1.5 hours of waiting!! Superb.

Ann

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Rev2
Rev2  4238 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2010 - 6:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great shot, it's not easy getting them sharp as I'm sure you've found! It's best to use manual focus and hit the button as your subject crosses the imaginary line. Looking at your other shots it would appear they are coming to a feeder so best to set the focus a few inches behind and hit the button when they are almost there. A lot of trial and error involved!

Last Modified By Rev2 at 2 May 2010 - 6:37 PM

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2010 - 6:35 PM

brilliant timing cracking colour and detail a beauty nice one Wink
andy

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wideangler
2 May 2010 - 6:37 PM

Delightful

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Jalapeno
Jalapeno  4127 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2010 - 6:47 PM

beautiful!

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2010 - 6:48 PM

Your camera has an auto focus mode for tracking moving objects, - on a Canon its called AF Servo, - if you check the manual, or perhaps a Nikon member can add a comment, - either way, select this mode, place the focal point on the bird and follow it, then press the shutter whenever you want, - the camera will focus constantly on the subject to keep it sharp.


Regards


Willie

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HectorRivera
2 May 2010 - 6:57 PM

Great shot

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PauloNascimentoPhotography

excellent shot !
Paulo

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JG123456
JG123456  5 United Kingdom
2 May 2010 - 7:29 PM

Thank you all for your advice and your votes. With regard the AF mode of my camera, these birds are travelling so fast that there is no way that the AF has time to lock. They come from any angle and just appear at the feeder. I have been using, as suggested by REV2, manual focus but using the feeder as a focal point. I think his point about focusing a couple of inches beyond the feeder might give some sharper shots. Again, thanks for your advise and I'll keep trying as that's part of the fun.
Cheers
John G

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Imagephotographics

Great capture - well done

Chris

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2010 - 8:03 AM

This is like a ballet dancer to med
And it was great reading the advice from other members

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2010 - 4:03 PM

Have you tried the "servo" mode?

You do need a second or so to lock, then it will follow the bird.

W

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2010 - 6:13 PM

Great capture!
Kaleena

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2010 - 6:53 PM

Great effort, not bad atall, very difficult to obtain sharp images in those conditions.

Glyn

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clicknimagine

this is really superb shot...

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