***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 31 - Apr 6***

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Ed at Ridersite
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Re: From my daily walks - 10 images
In reply to Smi77y, Apr 7, 2013

The Mallard - very lucky. I'm getting too old to track BIF accurately.

It was only maybe 30 feet away.  The key on this shot was being ready with the right settings.  I was watching a pair in a creek.  I knew if they flew, I would have to use spot AF because the background was going to be trees and apartments - isn't it always that way?  If you think the background will be clear (like blue sky), use wide area AF - much easier.  With Mallards, just before they fly, they start a fairly rapid set of quacks, so their jump will be predictable.  You can pre-focus, choose your zoom level and settings before they fly.

Almost forgot - it is about 60- 70% of the frame.  And, lucky me, it wasn't centered well.  Not sure how the focus came out as well as it did.

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