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I had a go at playing with shutter speed, ISO and ex comp today and managed to catch this. Ended up with ISO on 1600 shutter speed was 1/2500 if I remember rightly and also had ex comp set at 5. Yes I know it wont win any prizes but Im still learning and playing with different settings. Im just pleased that I have captured a small bird in flight which I can recognise quite easy instead of a blur thats unrecognisable. My next goal now is to get one flying towards me or wings outstretched, something along those lines anyway lol. I have made my mind up now on getting a stronger zoom prob 300mm my budget would be around 300 I suppose so any suggestions much appreciated

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55.0-200.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Feb 2012 - 3:09 PM
Focal Length:190mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:+5
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:great tit
Username:brrttpaul brrttpaul
Uploaded:18 Feb 2012 - 3:03 PM
Tags:Great tit in flight, Wildlife / nature
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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 3:51 PM

This is actually a good catch. Only, the branch it's very annoying. Branches it's more focused than the birds. It would be better if you shoot in portrait position. I insert modifications that I made.

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brrttpaul
brrttpaul  3203 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 - 4:24 PM

I agree with you on the branches and never thought of portrait, yeah I like the mod you done

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arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 5:22 PM

You're welcome. Still learning too...Grin

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mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 7:05 PM

Hi Paul,

Well done, your happy you've captured this shot and that's good, now you have an image to compare your next one with.
Paul not only do you need to boost your ISO (as you did) but you really need to have your camera mounted on a tripod with a cable release this will help reduce any vibration and give you a sharper image. A good idea is to set up a bird table or feeder in your garden then train you camera on a certain spot, lock focus and wait, also set your camera to continuous. Hopefully after a few hours and a cup of tea you should have a couple of good ones out of the hundreds you may have taken.
There is many bird photographers on this site who would be willing to give you all the advice you need, you only have to ask them.

With regards to a 300mm lens and your budget of 300 you will be able to get a new AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6G ED VR and some change. Don't get into a bidding war on an internet auction site as quite often you can buy new at a lower price, you just have to do a search. If you do buy new don't forget to register it on the Nikon site as you may get extra warrenty.

Paul, I'm glad you got this capture and I look forward to your next one.

Keep clicking

Martin

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brrttpaul  3203 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 - 7:37 PM

Thx very much both for your comments it is much appreciated. What I have been doing today was just snapping at birds mainly 50yds away then zooming in on them within the camera to see how blurred they were before deleting. I do have a bird table set up but for some reason today the birds stayed away, except this one which flew past. I got what I would say is a cracking pic of a raven taken today but could only upload one pic for critique, Above all I have to say I did enjoy myself today and feel I have learnt something which is the main thing. I wil;l have a look at the NIKKOR in fact thats the one I was thinking about to be honest, so many out there its a minefield for the beginner . thx for the info

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Jestertheclown
18 Feb 2012 - 9:01 PM

Difficult, isn't it!?

I've got a Sony with a 70-300mm. lens and it's barely long enough to shot diagonally across my 20'x20' garden. As Martin says a tripod's a good idea insomuch as it will keep your camera still but it will of course just be trained on one spot. In which case, I doubt that you would have captured this.
I use a monopod and/or jam the camera hard against the window frame; you'd get the same degree of steadiness using a tree or fencepost, of course.
If you don't have a monopod, try using your tripod with the legs 'closed.' It's heavier but it will still support your camera whilst allowing you some flexibility as you aim it.
I spend ages at my (open) window chasing shots of garden birds and whilst I've got quite a number of good ones, a bird in flight has so far eluded me.

I'd like to see the raven.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 18 Feb 2012 - 9:02 PM

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brrttpaul  3203 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 - 9:30 PM

I just looked at the nikkor lens and its on offer at amazon 217, so if i get that and sell the 55-200 lens looks a good deal

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