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By ZInaNMooner
Today I set myself a new target, taking photos of birds while still in flight. It's not easy at all, specially these little ones, they are so fast. I thought that it would be easier to catch them landing or taking of, not easy to but at least you know where they are going.
For this shot I use tripod but found difficult to get the right spot to focus, if you have any tips please say.
The focus on this shot is not perfect but for a first attempt I'm quite pleased, hope you like it to.

Thank you all for your clicks and tips.

Tags: Wildlife Birds Blue tit Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: graceland, rmr, proz and 65 more

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rmr 10 1 Wales
8 Apr 2008 7:33PM
super detail ,well taken

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proz 13 205 United States
8 Apr 2008 7:36PM
love seeing that wingspan, great shot
User_Removed 10 78 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 7:38PM
Good attempt as you say not easy.. I have had success with manual focus and shoot as thay fly through but very hit and miss
linda63 10 68 Wales
8 Apr 2008 7:54PM
I've been after a blue tit as well, your quite right very difficult to catch them, they don't stay still for long. I still havent managed to capture mine yet. Well done on your shot
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
8 Apr 2008 8:03PM
Very difficult target Tiago but you have made a great start with this wonderful shot.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
8 Apr 2008 8:08PM
Well timed capture.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
8 Apr 2008 8:26PM
Wonderfully captured

luxaeternam 10 21 1
8 Apr 2008 8:29PM
Its a very good start. Well done.
Smile Lucy
dickiedriver 11 212 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 9:47PM
Nice shot and a good start I found the same as others set it to manual focus and as in your shot set the focus just above and beyond the wood then it is hit and miss the other way is to follow the bird and pan with it have had more success this way than the other

audi_db 10 8 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 9:49PM
Super first attempt, excellent composition. Try pre focusing just behind a point where you expect the Blue Tit to land and get ready with the cable release and shoot a burst of shots, then re adjust the focus if necessary. Lots of trial and error, good fun trying as too.
baxster 10 England
8 Apr 2008 10:12PM
great shot tiago,well done.
joseph 12 England
8 Apr 2008 10:42PM
Nice capture!!
abtuie 13 7
8 Apr 2008 10:42PM
Its a very good start on your new venture. Well done.

8 Apr 2008 10:47PM
Cracking first attempt, very well timed.. so difficult getting the focus... as mentioned above, any success I've had with action shots of the dog, (thanks for your kind comments), have been to turn AF off and manually focus on where you think/hope the subject will appear!
Rylands 10 1 2 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 10:48PM
Lovely image
whiteswan01 10 13 England
8 Apr 2008 11:00PM
very nice try u did better than me well done
User_Removed Junior Member 11 16 England
8 Apr 2008 11:26PM
Good capture, and a pretty clear image, so nice work for starters!
9 Apr 2008 12:16AM
Excellent capture, great detail love the movement in the wings
goso 11 2 1 Australia
9 Apr 2008 12:39AM
Great capture.................Bill
franfoto 10 2 32 England
9 Apr 2008 12:42AM
My hubby 'Nikontuk' has been trying to get a bird in flight for ages and just hasn't managed to get a keeper yet, looking at this you should be very proud of it and judging by some of the comments and tips offered, things can only get better. Bird photography is such a challenge, well done and keep it up.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Apr 2008 3:35AM
Great timing-- all the birds I capture in flight go in the bin!

GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2008 6:43AM
Super timing. I can't even capture one when it's standing still yet alone in flight! Well done.
Marilyn x
Libby_M 11 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2008 8:08AM
just the thing i am tryin but not doing to well
yr doing alot better than me well taken
phil_j 11 134 4 England
9 Apr 2008 8:28AM
Great timing, well captured.

Gazzten 11 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2008 12:01PM
As people have said already, its a very hit n miss affair. Having lots of opportunities to keep trying increases your chances Smile Keep at it!
ardclinis 10 5 Ireland
9 Apr 2008 7:45PM
good start its a nice shot even with the movement if you are feeding them go for manual focus and set the focus where you are trying to get them to land keep the bird feed in one place with a landing point just behind it get a hands free or a lead to trigger and get a cheap spot light for extra shutter speed Owen
9 Apr 2008 8:29PM
Brilliantly captured.

Strobe 10 1.3k United States
9 Apr 2008 8:40PM
Fantastic capture
9 Apr 2008 8:45PM
Excellent, nice timing,
davao8 11 Canada
9 Apr 2008 9:53PM
Wow, great shot.
paulxpaul 11 40 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2008 11:22PM
Not an easy shot,great capture,,,,Paul.
Ceciliat 13 6 Philippines
9 Apr 2008 11:47PM
Nice timing indeed. I like the comp and framing as well.
VNelson 13 3 United States
10 Apr 2008 3:50AM
You got the classic wings spreadout like everyone wants. I'm no expert but my best approach to this is to focus on where they seem to be landing and wait for a cooperative bird.

For Hummingbirds, a similar thing, I focus on a flower they might like...among many...and just wait. Patience is a virtue for this approach.
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2008 3:01PM
Good attempt,well captured.............

STEVELIN 10 161 3 Ireland
10 Apr 2008 9:29PM
m3lem 12 England
11 Apr 2008 12:19PM
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
11 Apr 2008 6:53PM
Gorgeous shot, super detail and great timing.
11 Apr 2008 7:38PM
Gets a vote from me.
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 8:07PM
Great 1st attempt,I too would go for a manual focus
piccy 11 8 Wales
11 Apr 2008 9:31PM
Well done, a great first attempt.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 10:26PM
Excellent image Tiago, all the more as you say it is a first try. Well done, but you are experienced with birds...
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
12 Apr 2008 7:25PM
Great attempt, i've given up on this one now till I get a faster lens
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
14 Apr 2008 8:33PM
Super timing. Its not easy and this is a great effort.
Birte 11
21 Apr 2008 12:31PM
Beautiful shot, and not an easy one.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 4:28PM
well caught image
Vicalli 10 Scotland
24 Apr 2008 8:31PM
Great shot!

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