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Beginners Luck

By arhb      
This is a shot from my first attempt at capturing birds in-flight, using high-speed flash.
This is similar, in a way to water droplet work, in as much as yoou set the equiptment up, then sit patiently, with your thumb/finger on the remote, pressing the button when you think the bird is in-frame.
Then, you end up throwing away 90 percent of what you caught in frame, because they're out of focus.
Worth mentioning, this shot yields some of the best plumage detail I have seen, in my work anyway, so worth looking large.
Thanks for looking.

Shot info:
Off-camera(2m cord) 580EXII flash set to manual at 1/32 power, approx 1m away from target area on tripod.
ISO 100
Manual focus
Wired remote shutter release
Tripod mounted
One-man chair hide.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

Voters: andw100, phil_j, Alan_Baseley and 58 more

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Cor 11 Belgium
14 Jan 2010 10:48AM
Very well taken.
14 Jan 2010 10:51AM
A beautiful shot well timed and well done.

keith47 14 22 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 10:52AM
Absolutely fantastic, thanks for the set up info, nice to learn from others so I may give this a try sometime.
FredF 14 1 France
14 Jan 2010 11:00AM
For a first time it is a superb shot.

14 Jan 2010 11:03AM
Excellent capture - well done

14 Jan 2010 11:04AM
A superb image!
Thushari 11 1 Sri Lanka
14 Jan 2010 11:07AM
What a great capture, well timing.
amron33 10 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 11:10AM
Excellent perfectly timed shot.
Congratulations !!
digitall 14 238 6 Wales
14 Jan 2010 11:11AM
Well wort the effort and time put in.
11 10 10 England
14 Jan 2010 11:19AM
Wish I could get one as good as this.
SteveMoulding 11 3 7 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 11:31AM
Perfect timing.
DunDiggin 13 64 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 12:19PM
Oh, Yes! That's a corker.
14 Jan 2010 12:36PM
Your patience has been rewarded,a cracking capture,thank you
DannoM 12 58 England
14 Jan 2010 12:39PM
wow this is stunning andrew!! have my award well deserved!!
14 Jan 2010 12:45PM
worth waiting for if you get shots likethis great shot
WL_Harris 12 3 2 United States
14 Jan 2010 1:13PM
Very quality flight shot indeed.
arhb 13 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 1:14PM
Thanks for all of your comments, and special thanks to Danno for his award - much appreciated.
I might try some more jumping squirrels soon...
fraser 16 631 14 Scotland
14 Jan 2010 1:17PM
Very very good. I see what you mean about the plumage.
14 Jan 2010 2:31PM
Great Capture.
jack33 12 53 England
14 Jan 2010 4:01PM
Excellent shot, very sharp for 1/60s.

Jack. Smile
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 4:42PM
Incredible capture.
Karrol 12 29 England
14 Jan 2010 4:57PM
What a brilliant beginning........!
paulrosser 11 22 Wales
14 Jan 2010 5:23PM
Lovely shot Andrew, a cracker mate!
teocali Plus
12 442 18 England
14 Jan 2010 5:47PM
This is a stunning shot Andrew - the plumage detail and colours are just awesome. Congratulations on a wonderful capture and thanks for the settings and equipment details. Shortlisted.
14 Jan 2010 6:09PM
Simply fabulous action capture !! SUPERBLY captured...
Geofferz 12 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 6:38PM
Cracking shot.
14 Jan 2010 6:44PM
superb capture and timing.these are fast little birds so very well done.
Steve_S Plus
15 183 3 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 7:20PM
Excellent capture Andrew, superbly detailed. For a first attempt at this sort of thing you have done brilliantly.
averity 13 Spain
14 Jan 2010 7:34PM
beautifully done
Eviscera 14 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 7:38PM
Brilliant (no really !) Technically way beyond any ability Ive got , but far more impressive , its a bird actually doing something rather than perched on a bloody twig !

Superb detail Andy.
arhb 13 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 8:45PM
Dave, thanks mate, but there's a huge contrast between creative and technical ability - as in this is 'technically' beginners luck.
BTW, the bird is flying towards a bloody twig : )

Thank you also to everyone for the positive feedback, and to Calvin(averity) for his user award.
Eviscera 14 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 8:57PM
Oh well , Im sure this great photographer can give you some tips Wink
TerryMcK 12 72 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 10:08PM
Andrew, this really is outstanding! Amazing focusing & such clear detail, which means viewing in Large Version is a MUST. Well done indeed.
arhb 13 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 10:26PM
Thank you Terry, an excellent looking user award - much appreciated.
Pegon 15 78 1 England
14 Jan 2010 10:50PM
A fantastic capture. Thanks for adding the set-up info.
TerryMcK 12 72 2 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 11:07AM

Quote:Thank you Terry, an excellent looking user award - much appreciated.

It's the Family Crest, Andrew!
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 11:08AM
well done......

15 Jan 2010 3:36PM
Fine ,now we wait for butterflies...
STEVELIN 12 162 3 Ireland
16 Jan 2010 10:23AM
fantastic capture andy i wish i had your luck large is amazing fantastic plumage detail

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