December 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm #2523
Went out scouting for a photowalk I’m hosting. Have lots to process, but I was quite happy with the birds at Tempe Town Lake.
I’ll load some of the larger files to my google plus acct.
I think these are the best of birds I’ve yet to capture. Say…when’s the next bird theme?December 27, 2011 at 12:12 am #43778caradocParticipant
Have you been down to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve yet? Lots of birding opportunities…December 27, 2011 at 10:01 am #43779
No, I haven’t; I’ve pretty much hung out in the lower (post ‘lake’) areas, which is considered a park ofr a while. It’s a little stark, but there’s lots of birds, and some of the park-i-fied areas are very pleasant.December 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm #43780fluffybunnyParticipant
I like the orange background heron. Keep that up and you’ll be giving aspidites a run for his money. Shallow DOF with eye in perfect focus, the hallmark of a good bird photo. I changed my focusing techniques based on a bird photographer’s setup and have never looked back, although since the change have not had a lot of bird opportunities.December 28, 2011 at 3:46 am #43781
I like the orange background heron. Keep that up and you’ll be giving aspidites a run for his money. Shallow DOF with eye in perfect focus, the hallmark of a good bird photo. I changed my focusing techniques based on a bird photographer’s setup and have never looked back, although since the change have not had a lot of bird opportunities.
At G+ I have that shot (crop,really) at full res. Here, it’s 1/2 res. I think what helped me on these was that the birds were flying against the wind, so they weren’t moving very far in relation to where I stood. That made it easier to autofocus on them and keep them in the viewfinder, though I was often shooting at 300mm.December 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm #43777KestranaParticipant
Phil Armishaw just posted a great guide to shooting birds in flight on G+. Check it out if you haven’t already.December 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm #43776fluffybunnyParticipant
For those of us who are Canonites and specifically 7d users (may apply to other mfgs and models also), here’s the setup I was referring to:
Basically, the 7d user can pick what certain buttons do in software so in the article, he assigns AF start to the ‘*’ button just behind the shutter button. In servo mode, this give the ability to lock or vary focus as needed quickly “on the fly” (pun certainly intended) independent of exposure (if in auto) or shutter actuation. I thought it might take me a while to get the hang of it but I latched on to it pretty quickly.
There are some other useful settings in the article, but that was the most important for me.
For all i know, everyone here operates this way and I am once again “discovering” something.
/Europeans “discovering” America.
//Americans “discovering” Yellowstone.
///And so on.December 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm #43775lokisbongParticipant
Pretty nice shots Rav. my favorites are the vertical shot and the orange background picture.
Fluffybunny that sounds quite a lot like the “back button auto focus” thing I use on my Canon Rebel xs. It uses the button that normally controls the zoom when previewing taken pictures instead of the shutter button.December 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm #43782YugoboyParticipant
They’re all terrific, but in honesty (because I’m that kind of jerk) the one with the bridge in the background is probably the weakest. The bridge colors are too close to the bird’s colors, and therefor are a bit distracting.
The others are pure awesome.
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