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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:49 pm 
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This is the first time I tried taking pictures of birds in flight

The first day when I took a picture of some seagulls, the lighting outside was horrible and it was overcast.

The second day was much better since the sun was out and provided me great lighting..

Out of all those geese, those were the only two ducks there. LOL

C&C please, I would like to know how to improve these shots.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:12 am 
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Looks to me you've got er nailed.(First time :roll: ...sure :lol: )
Hard to find much open water right now but landings and take offs with the water look great too.
Looking fwd to more from you :)

Great geese!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:57 am 
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lol...Your comment is greatly appreciated, but really it is my first time taking pictures of birds in flight..

I'm not very pleased with the results because when you zoom in a bit on the birds themselves, there is quite a bit of distortion in the wings.

I'm almost positive though that this could be due to my lens. I was using the budget telephoto lens that Nikon offers, the 55-200mm VR F4-5.6

Zoomed all the way in at 200mm, I read that this lens has a problem with softness and color fringing which is what I believe happened here.

But hey, you liked them so I guess I did something right.. haha

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:25 am 
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I noticed the blurriness as well and if it is noticable in these images I would think it is more noticable on the larger files...

you're catching them right on take-off and for a goose, or most any bird, that's gonna be when you see the fastest wing motion and the most stress on the flight feathers causing distortions in them... it looks like the sun was behind you and it was sunny... I was trying to look at the EXIF info on your pics but I cant see it. that being said it could well be your shutter speed cause the blurriness seems to be mostly in the wing.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:38 am 
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I was shooting at 55mm focal length.
f4
ISO 400
Shutter 1/4000
WB for Direct Sunlight.

My AF was locked on the center birds and I panned across on continuous shooting mode with the AE-l/AF-L button locked on my camera, so I don't believe I lost focus of the subject...Another thing, my camera was set to AF with 3D tracking.

I'm almost positive that my settings were correct for the situation. But then again, I'm pretty new to photography and any help I can get would be greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:49 am 
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you had f4... depending on the depth of field of all the birds and your range to them, at 55 focal length it sounds like you were close, that may be the issue.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:55 am 
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Thats possible....I'm going to try and find lone birds and try to focus on just that one subject and see if that makes much of a difference. I still believe that the glass I used has something to do with it just from what I have read on the CL review for the lens.

Thanks for the tips =)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:01 am 
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have fun :) looking forward to seeing more of your work

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:59 am 
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Hey Pete, great first attempt at bif.
May I recommend rather than using 3D tracking try using Dynamic Area along with AF-C.

This is the combo I use for bif. Keep in mind that you will have to practice and practice but you will finally get better as you go.

Here are a few using that setup.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:42 am 
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Thats an awesome suggestion, thank you..

I'm going to definitely try that as soon as I get some better shooting conditions in my area and I will post the results.


Thanks for the tip


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