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Gannet in Flight.

By paulbroad  
Another from Bempton recently. Still struggling with in flight shots. Continuous autofocus and high speed drive. Nine sensor centre spot focusing area selected, but struggle at 840mm to keep bird in focus area and when lost, focus goes haywire!


Tags: Flight Difficult Gannet Bird Track Pan Sharp Catch Follow Wildlife and nature

Voters: M_squared, orts, mogobiker and 11 more


M_squared Avatar
15 Mar 2017 7:45AM
Well captured.
orts Avatar
orts 12 4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2017 8:45AM
I know how you feel i'm going through the learning curve with the same equipment, but you seem to have mastered it. Nice shot.
FrancisChiles Avatar
15 Mar 2017 2:19PM
A beautifully captured image of this bird in flight, Paul.
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Steve Cribbin 20 50 10 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2017 10:51AM
I had a struggle with (Razorbill and Guillemot) flight shots in close at Bempton too Paul.
I had more success going old-school.
I set manual focus, pre-focussed at a fixed distance and then tracked the birds, without changing focus, until they appeared sharpest.
I then took hundreds of images and got some reasonable shots.
The birds were never way out of focus when tracking, making it easier for me at least.
Obviously, the more depth of field the better without risking movement due to slow shutter speeds.
It might be worth a try.
Good luck.

tom_earwaker Avatar
21 Mar 2017 7:52PM
Lovely shot. I can't really advise much on the focussing, I tried some birds in flight at the weekend using C-AF but ended up using S-AF a lot of the time as I seemed to have more success (thats probably down to my poor technique rather than anything else though!). Having a small spot focus area with C-AF might not be the easiest way to do it unless you are managing to keep the bird in that zone most of the time, as when the bird leaves the zone the lens will start hunting for the background. I think it might just be an inherently difficult thing to do and probably takes lots of practise, especially at 840mm - looks like you're still getting some good keepers though.
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Manas 12 India
29 Mar 2017 9:42AM
excellent capture....

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