Birds in Flight

Technical: Nikon D200, 1/1000 sec, f5, focal length 145mm

Birds in flight are hard to capture. All the bird guides show the feathered friends perched in some idyllic woodland setting. True, right? It’s pretty hard to see action shots. But we’ve seen plenty of raptors – eagles in flight or that snowy owl flying straight into the camera’s lens. In the series of images I got at the bird feeder I took advantage of the conditions. I knew where they would be and roughly in what focus plane. So I used a tripod and pre focused on one of the screws of the feeder. It worked well enough. But timing is everything. The birds flew in from all directions. Of over 1000 images I got only a handful. Many birds had their wings closed. In others I got just a hint of brown blur as the bird was already into or out of the frame. A motor drive can’t really save you. I did increase the shutter speed to 1/1000. It means that the ISO will rise. The noise is a compromise.


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