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What are the best settings to take pictures of wildlife on the move. Tried different settings but wasn't happy with any of the shots. Would a tripod be beneficial. If so which would you recommend for a beginner.

Camera:Canon EOS 350 D
Lens:Canon 55-200mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Horse Ride
Username:timmorley25 timmorley25
Uploaded:6 Sep 2009 - 11:38 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
6 Sep 2009 - 11:43 AM

super capture,well timed.ray

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User_Removed Junior Member 7 England16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2009 - 12:01 PM

A tripod is often too frigid for shots like this, unless you know exactly where the subject is going to be. Use a high shutter speed (1/200sec or more) and somewhere about f5.6 aperture. Pan with the subject, trying to keep it centre-frame with not too tight a crop, leaving space around the subject to crop for good composition later.
I like the motion blur in the legs here, but it looks like a bit more shutter speed and/or panning with the subject would have given you more overall sharpness.
You can practice near a road where traffic speed is 20-30 mph until you get consistent sharp subjects against a blurred b/g. You can pan on a tripod, but I recommend you work on getting a good hand-held technique, as this will put you in good stead for this type of shot suddenly presenting itself, long before you could even think 'tripod'
Hope this helps
Andrew

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