Shooting Birds in Flight...What works for you?

Started Dec 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
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NancyP Veteran Member • Posts: 5,257
Re: Shooting Birds in Flight...What works for you?

Agree. Shoot anything that moves! I am a self-taught beginner and I never pass up a reasonably close (or big) flying bird. I throw out a bunch. Canon 60D, 400mm f/5.6L, handheld. Aperture priority, ASA set by me according to light, shutter variable but always above 1/500. Center focus point, AI servo. Exposure compensation depends on light type and direction and bird color (black Turkey Vulture? white Great Egret?. dark and white adult Bald Eagle?) Shoot over your skill level - you will learn something of the bird's flight pattern. I try for peregrine falcons on the chase, swallows, goldfinches. LOTS of OOF and AIF.

Tip for big birds overhead - sit on your heels, feet flexed so heels are off ground, and pivot to follow near-zenith shots. Center of gravity (my big butt) 6" off ground - pretty stable.

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