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Today I set myself a new target, taking photos of birds while still in flight. It's not easy at all, specially these little ones, they are so fast. I thought that it would be easier to catch them landing or taking of, not easy to but at least you know where they are going.
For this shot I use tripod but found difficult to get the right spot to focus, if you have any tips please say.
The focus on this shot is not perfect but for a first attempt I'm quite pleased, hope you like it to.

Thank you all for your clicks and tips.

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon AF Nikkor/ 75 - 240 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Landing
Username:ZInaNMooner ZInaNMooner
Uploaded:8 Apr 2008 - 7:30 PM
Tags:Birds, Blue tit, Close-up / macro, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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rmr
rmr  6 Wales
8 Apr 2008 - 7:33 PM

super detail ,well taken
mark

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proz
proz  9205 forum posts United States
8 Apr 2008 - 7:36 PM

love seeing that wingspan, great shot

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User_Removed
8 Apr 2008 - 7:38 PM

Good attempt as you say not easy.. I have had success with manual focus and shoot as thay fly through but very hit and miss

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linda63
linda63  668 forum posts Wales
8 Apr 2008 - 7:54 PM

I've been after a blue tit as well, your quite right very difficult to catch them, they don't stay still for long. I still havent managed to capture mine yet. Well done on your shot

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 8:03 PM

Very difficult target Tiago but you have made a great start with this wonderful shot.
Ron

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 8:08 PM

Well timed capture.
Bob

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 646 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
8 Apr 2008 - 8:26 PM

Wonderfully captured

Dave

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luxaeternam
8 Apr 2008 - 8:29 PM

Its a very good start. Well done.
Smile Lucy

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dickiedriver
8 Apr 2008 - 9:47 PM

Nice shot and a good start I found the same as others set it to manual focus and as in your shot set the focus just above and beyond the wood then it is hit and miss the other way is to follow the bird and pan with it have had more success this way than the other

Richard

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audi_db
audi_db  6 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 - 9:49 PM

Super first attempt, excellent composition. Try pre focusing just behind a point where you expect the Blue Tit to land and get ready with the cable release and shoot a burst of shots, then re adjust the focus if necessary. Lots of trial and error, good fun trying as too.

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baxster
baxster  6 England
8 Apr 2008 - 10:12 PM

great shot tiago,well done.
ian

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joseph
joseph  8 England
8 Apr 2008 - 10:42 PM

Nice capture!!

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abtuie
abtuie  9
8 Apr 2008 - 10:42 PM

Its a very good start on your new venture. Well done.

AC

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 10:47 PM

Cracking first attempt, very well timed.. so difficult getting the focus... as mentioned above, any success I've had with action shots of the dog, (thanks for your kind comments), have been to turn AF off and manually focus on where you think/hope the subject will appear!

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Rylands
Rylands  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 10:48 PM

Lovely image
Ray

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whiteswan01
8 Apr 2008 - 11:00 PM

very nice try u did better than me well done
dawn

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User_Removed Junior Member 7 England16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 11:26 PM

Good capture, and a pretty clear image, so nice work for starters!
Andrew

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andrewrit
andrewrit  7 Northern Ireland
9 Apr 2008 - 12:16 AM

Excellent capture, great detail love the movement in the wings
Andy

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goso
goso e2 Member 7goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2008 - 12:39 AM

Great capture.................Bill

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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2008 - 12:42 AM

My hubby 'Nikontuk' has been trying to get a bird in flight for ages and just hasn't managed to get a keeper yet, looking at this you should be very proud of it and judging by some of the comments and tips offered, things can only get better. Bird photography is such a challenge, well done and keep it up.
Fran

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2008 - 3:35 AM

Great timing-- all the birds I capture in flight go in the bin!

Jennnn

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GalleryGirl
9 Apr 2008 - 6:43 AM

Super timing. I can't even capture one when it's standing still yet alone in flight! Well done.
Marilyn x

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Libby_M
Libby_M  7 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2008 - 8:08 AM

just the thing i am tryin but not doing to well
yr doing alot better than me well taken

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phil_j
phil_j e2 Member 7133 forum postsphil_j vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2008 - 8:28 AM

Great timing, well captured.

Phil

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Gazzten
Gazzten  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2008 - 12:01 PM

As people have said already, its a very hit n miss affair. Having lots of opportunities to keep trying increases your chances Smile Keep at it!
Garry

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ardclinis
ardclinis  6 Ireland
9 Apr 2008 - 7:45 PM

good start its a nice shot even with the movement if you are feeding them go for manual focus and set the focus where you are trying to get them to land keep the bird feed in one place with a landing point just behind it get a hands free or a lead to trigger and get a cheap spot light for extra shutter speed Owen

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
9 Apr 2008 - 8:29 PM

Brilliantly captured.

Christine

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Strobe
Strobe  61254 forum posts United States
9 Apr 2008 - 8:40 PM

Fantastic capture
Marc

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 6Badgerfred vcard Wales
9 Apr 2008 - 8:45 PM

Excellent, nice timing,
Fred.

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davao8
davao8  7 Canada
9 Apr 2008 - 9:53 PM

Wow, great shot.
Jes

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paulxpaul
paulxpaul  740 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Apr 2008 - 11:22 PM

Not an easy shot,great capture,,,,Paul.

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Ceciliat
Ceciliat  9 Philippines
9 Apr 2008 - 11:47 PM

Nice timing indeed. I like the comp and framing as well.
Cheers,
Cesie

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VNelson
VNelson  9 United States
10 Apr 2008 - 3:50 AM

You got the classic wings spreadout like everyone wants. I'm no expert but my best approach to this is to focus on where they seem to be landing and wait for a cooperative bird.

For Hummingbirds, a similar thing, I focus on a flower they might like...among many...and just wait. Patience is a virtue for this approach.

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2008 - 3:01 PM

Good attempt,well captured.............

Tony.

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STEVELIN
STEVELIN  6155 forum posts Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2008 - 9:29 PM

WELL CAPTURED. I HAVE TRIED TO GET SHOTS LIKE THIS MYSELF, NOT EASY IM STILL TRYING TO ACHIEVE A SHOT AS GOOD AS THIS ONE--WELLDONE

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m3lem  8 England
11 Apr 2008 - 12:19 PM

Superb
Andrea

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roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 6:53 PM

Gorgeous shot, super detail and great timing.
Alexandra

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ashgrove e2 Member 6ashgrove vcard Wales
11 Apr 2008 - 7:38 PM

Gets a vote from me.
Haydn

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gerrymac
gerrymac  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 8:07 PM

Great 1st attempt,I too would go for a manual focus
Gerry

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piccy
piccy  7 Wales
11 Apr 2008 - 9:31 PM

Well done, a great first attempt.
Freda

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 10:26 PM

Excellent image Tiago, all the more as you say it is a first try. Well done, but you are experienced with birds...
Johanna

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 7:25 PM

Great attempt, i've given up on this one now till I get a faster lens
Richard

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats  861 forum posts Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 8:33 PM

Super timing. Its not easy and this is a great effort.
Paul

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Birte
Birte  7
21 Apr 2008 - 12:31 PM

Beautiful shot, and not an easy one.

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2008 - 4:28 PM

well caught image

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Vicalli
Vicalli  6 Scotland
24 Apr 2008 - 8:31 PM

Great shot!

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