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Do you have to be psychic?

stuart1963 6 272 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 4:08PM
Today and yesterday i have been taking pics of birds and i was wondering how some of you have captured birds with their wings open as they landTongue i am just not quick enough i guess (old ageGrin) Its not as if there was a steady stream of birds landing so i could prepare myself ready for one landing.

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robthecamman 6 1.7k United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 5:04PM
some pics have an element of luck sometimes too
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 5:10PM

Quote:some pics have an element of luck sometimes too

....like this one for instance Smile

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
14 Apr 2012 5:10PM
Burst mode!.....Then chimp the rubbish out!

But I never said a word right Tongue

glsammy 11 206 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:00PM
As above, fast continuous mode, AI servo and shoot!Wink

Lining up!
macroman 15 15.3k England
14 Apr 2012 8:19PM
Continuous shooting, and even that seldom works for me.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:53PM
For me its a case of studying the behaviour of my subjects (birds, bees, Kitsurfers etc) and being able to predict what is about to happen, then pressing the shutter at the right moment. I've never been able to get on with "machine gunning", even when I used a 7D it never got the moment I wanted.

The funny thing is that I seem to see the same behavioural cues for a kitsurfer about to jump as a bird about to take off etc (must have an odd mind Grin )

Its not a method for everyone but if you are interested in behavioural pattern recogniton and are willing to take some time (took me 6 months to nail bees in flight!) its fascinating

(there are a few examples in my website, here for example and here )
robthecamman 6 1.7k United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 9:01PM
yes mikerc those shots where quite lucky as i was playing with new second hand lense 100 to 400 canon still long way to go i know Smile
monstersnowman 12 1.7k 1 England
14 Apr 2012 9:14PM
I guess a mix of people shooting fast bursts and also some that were amazing luck. Remember that even though it seems many people are capturing these great action shots using a mixture of luck and burst mode there will be many many more like you that have also been frustrated in their attempts. Good luck though :o)
stuart1963 6 272 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 8:32AM
I'm having issues at the moment with sharpness,i think this is due to the dof i am trying to achieve so i will go out today and try shooting with an aperture 2 stops smaller,hope this makes a diferenceSmile any further advice more than welcome.
BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 8:44AM
start with a sunny day and f8, continuous focus, and just watch them for a while, get used to them (whatever your subject is) and see how they land/take off, then start tracking one in the air with continuos focus working, WITHOUT taking a shot, get used to how the tracking focus works, and THEN start taking pictures.

You will find it easier to concentrate on how the focusing etc works, if you are only thinking about one thing at a time.... when you know how the focusing is going to behave, THEN you can think about how the picture will come out. Smile

I chose a slow flying easy subject as a test for my new lens, and used the above method first, as every lens is different and i wanted to see how it behaved BEFORE i took any shots. Then i took three shots, and this was the middle one.


BEVZED 11 1.1k United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 9:51AM
machine gun mode, lots of patience and a lot of food scattered - the puddle helped a lot even though I would have preferred a branch! adj-kodak-for-print6.jpg

took a few days for them to get used to the car, now they take no notice of me so I get some lucky shots Grinadj-kodak-for-print5.jpg

stuart1963 6 272 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 11:57AM
Thanks for your info and help guys......been out this morning and took your advice






robthecamman 6 1.7k United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 1:15PM
very nice examples tooSmile
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
15 Apr 2012 1:22PM

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