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This blog is intended to follow my progress this year in my pursuit of obtaining some worthwhile bird photographs.
Very much a beginner, with limited funds but almost unlimited time, I want to capture photographs that are more than mere record shots. I am not expecting many rare or even unusual species, but want to do justice to any bird that cares to pose for me.
Wish me luck and good light.
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Flight Photography

Posted Friday 15th June 2012 at 14:17 by Denny Woodthorpe
I have set myself a new challenge now that I am getting good results with my static portraits of garden birds.
I now would like to get better photographs of birds in flight. There are two methods I intend to try. The first is tracking birds in flight with my 70-300mm zoom lens and the other is to use flash to capture small birds in my garden set up.
I have one or two decent images using the "tracking" method, but they are limited to larger birds like the red kite and woodpigeon. Practice is the main method of improvement for this type of photography. I also need sunny days as I need fast shutter speeds.
For the second type of shot I need to have quite a bit of time as it involves setting up the "studio" and experimenting with settings and timing. The idea is to set the camera up so that there is a perch and feeder in line, with the lens focussed on the gap between them and two flash guns providing the light and the ability to stop movement. I then need to catch the moment when a bird leaps between the two places.
Time will tell if it all works.
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