Any suggestions?

Started Jun 12, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Le Kilt
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Re: Any suggestions?
In reply to MLWestphal, Jun 14, 2011

You can tell Dan has experience in the domain even before seeing his pics, his comments are spot on.

To me the light is crucial too, on a day with good light the pics will be that much better, whether it be morning afternoon or evening (my favorite). I nearly always prefer some sort of sunlight on birds, even if it makes the pics more contrasty and you may lose some detail.

For pics like that, I tend to have both eyes open, one in the viewfinder watching and focussing on the breadcrumb - the focus point usually being crucial - the other watching the overall scene so I can see the bird coming, and wait until the right moment to shoot the first shot. Both eyes open can be a bit weird at first but it can get you great shots.

Don't hesitate to shift a bit to the side if it will avoid another bird intruding in the pic, or if it will bring an interesting one in.

I do find the 70-200/2.8L IS great for this sort of shot.

One back-lit by the setting sun...

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