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Paraglider near Glencoe (title edited)

By AliEscobar
Borrowed my (now) husband's Sony NEX-3N camera while he was paragliding on a glorious day at the Nevis range. I now have an 11 year old Pentax K20D with an additional Pentax smc DA 50-200mm lens so I will try and get more captures and add to my paragliding album. Any advice or links to articles welcome, as I feel paragliding photography is a tricky one! To be honest this shot was mostly luck....

Tags: Paragliding Sports and action

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4270 Canada
1 May 2019 9:54PM
Its quite good, and shot a while back. You may even have different gear now!

In general, to shoot a moving subject, you need to engage the cameras function to use tracking focus. The way this is done varies in nomenclature from maker to maker, but essentially you place a focus point (a single focus point) on the subject, half press the shutter, and move with the subject, pressing at the desired moment.

I will also try a quick mod of this with some comments.


1 May 2019 10:53PM
Yes, it is an older picture and on borrowed equipment. It was an amazing day with such rare conditions and I rarely have the chance to travel to take pictures like that! From then until now I've had only compact cameras and phone cameras. I've recently got a DSLR camera but its 10 years old (Pentax K20D) and has 11 focus points, and you can only select one focus point. I can't afford to upgrade my equipment for a while. The tracking mode should work well enough...
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
2 May 2019 8:22PM
Not a bad effort at all. Interesting content, yet very simple. Tracking auto focus can work well but is rather more effective with modern cameras. However, paragliders do not move very fast. I've shot them a few times, and those with a small prop on the back of the pilot. Never had any focus issues.

3 May 2019 6:48PM
Thanks for the mods and analysis Paul and Willie👍

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