Tree Swallows in Flight

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imarollingstone
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Tree Swallows in Flight
May 25, 2012

We have a pair of Tree Swallows nesting in our yard which has given me the opportunity to capture some images. Let me know what you think. Taken with A55 and A700

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In reply to imarollingstone, May 25, 2012

Very nice pictures. Especially the composition in the first one.
I could say that they are not tack sharp.

But I have tried so many times and I have not once been able to get them this close and this sharp (even after cropping).
So well done!

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TomvL wrote:

Very nice pictures. Especially the composition in the first one.
I could say that they are not tack sharp.

But I have tried so many times and I have not once been able to get them this close and this sharp (even after cropping).
So well done!

Thanks, composition on Tree Swallows is a matter of luck. As you know they are extremely fast. You can see motion blur at 1/1500. I have a pair with babies, that enables me to set up a camera with a tripod near the birdhouse and I just wait for them to come. Even then I sometimes miss them completely

These are all cropped. Some to a greater degree than others.
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In reply to imarollingstone, May 25, 2012

Tree swallows?, I only counted two!

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Beautiful and Fantastic!

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Nice set I like #6 the best.

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In reply to G6u7a1m, May 26, 2012

Great photos. I've some birds near my home but never have enough light for his shutter speed or bumping ISO just kills the textures.

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pimuk wrote:

Great photos. I've some birds near my home but never have enough light for his shutter speed or bumping ISO just kills the textures.

Thanks, light is a problem for these birds. I've been lucky to have quite a few days in a row with sunshine and no clouds. I've learned to try after work with the sun at my back and even then I can't get the shutter speed up enough sometimes.
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In reply to imarollingstone, May 26, 2012

If you don't have enough light then why aren't you using a flash?
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In reply to imarollingstone, May 27, 2012

Very nice captures. In No. 3 , the one coming out of the nest looks like a torpedo. There is a pair in my yard that has taken over the box from the bluebirds but as others have pointed out, not enough light for crisp captures with my camera. Thanks for sharing!

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Lovely! Great shots. (nt)
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In reply to Corelli, May 28, 2012

Every time I see the title I sing, Afternoon Delight, aAAAAAAfternooon...never mind. Look it up on Youstube.

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In reply to imarollingstone, May 28, 2012

These are some of the HARDEST Birds to catch in flight -- by the house or not, they're "maddening" to even get in frame, let alone a razor sharp shot. "job well done"
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framework wrote:

These are some of the HARDEST Birds to catch in flight -- by the house or not, they're "maddening" to even get in frame, let alone a razor sharp shot. "job well done"
Mike V.

Thanks Mike, you are right, they are very difficult. They fly very erratically, so are impossible to track. Now that they are feeding their young, they are coming and going quite regularly. Still, I have two cameras set to manual focus on a tripod on high speed. With the A55 and 10fps mode, I have better luck. But I do have hundreds of frames with no bird to be found in them
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In reply to OntarioJohn, May 28, 2012

I do know the song and now it's stuck in my head!
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