A few BOPIF shots

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Brian Wadie
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I had my first trip of the year to my favourite Hawk Conservancy Trust a few days ago, a very interesting day light-wise going from fog, though mist to bright sun then back to a high level glare as the mist started coming back in

Mainly using my EM-1 + 75-300 mk2 with ISO400, single point minimum size focus, SAF with 6fps, all hand-held

I was a bit rusty as its been a few months since I last shot Birds of Prey in Flight (BOPIF ) but soon got my eye in again

I have a gallery of the better shots here http://www.imagesfromnature.co.uk/gallery/hawk-conservancy-tust-13-3-2014-20970 and here are a few of my favourites from the day

Thanks to Chris R for your company

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Impressive.

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Great stuffs! Eagle shots are outstanding.

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Excellent

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Super--what a great resource!

Cheers,

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Really enjoyed these Brian, great composition on the last one as well...love it! Very well done...

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number one is great, must view at expanded size to really appreciate

Number 4 is a fantastic achievement, I've tried many times

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Thanks Trevor, since I have been using the EM-1 + 75-300 I have found that I can consistently track and capture the falcons (Lanner and Peregrine) hitting the lure, something I was never able to do with my canon system (more images of this in my galleries in my website)

I do find the Olympus system quite magical for the type of work I do

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Would you be able to get shot like this with an E-M10? If not why not? Would the focus be just as quick?

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Trott wrote:

Would you be able to get shot like this with an E-M10? If not why not? Would the focus be just as quick?

I don't know has to be the answer as I haven't tried one

BUT

assuming the focus system is similar to that of the EM-5 I would say, possibly but with difficulty as that was my experience using the EM-5 and why I got the EM-1 in addition to it

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Great photos.  The Hawk Conservancy looks like a wonderful organization.  Have you settled on SAF for this type of photography with the E-M1, or do you still use CAF at times?

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bgalb wrote:

Great photos. The Hawk Conservancy looks like a wonderful organization. Have you settled on SAF for this type of photography with the E-M1, or do you still use CAF at times?

it is a great set up

For most of the time I now stick to SAF and do the tracking myself by continuously following the bird, keeping focus by repeatedly half-closing the shutter button, then a short, typically 3 burst, catches the action I'm after

the difficult bit is learning to keep the small focus point where I want it as I track the subject, particularly with the Falcons! 

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Awesome shots Brian. I think I want one of those hawk conservatories.

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What an outstanding set of pics!!!

I love all of them.

I see you have also the E-M5. Do you think there is a clear difference between the two cameras in focusing a moving object?

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stefano888 wrote:

What an outstanding set of pics!!!

I love all of them.

I see you have also the E-M5. Do you think there is a clear difference between the two cameras in focusing a moving object?

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Thanks Stefano, during this session I was using both the EM-5 with the oly 40-15 and the EM-5 with the 75-300 and I'm not sure there is a great difference in the focusing speed when using SAF (from the Olympus literature there shouldn't be)

Where there is a difference in my experience is in more subtle things that make a big difference to my keeper rate:

- the viewfinder is a lot clearer so I find it easier to lock on to and track the subject

- the higher frame rate when sequential shooting means I can get more shots in focus when shooting a short burst

- before the latest firmware for the EM-5 the smaller focus point was important and helped but the EM-5 now has that and it did make a difference to my experience with the EM-5 (it was the first time I had used it for BIF since upgrading)

- despite what I said above, I get the impression that the EM-1 locks onto the subject quicker and holds it more firmly, but this is probably a subjective feeling rather than hard fact

- there are subtle but better ergonomics with the EM-1 which I find make it easier to use for this purpose

Subjective thoughts but I hope of some interest

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Enjoyed looking at these shots.  Impressive skill with good equipment!

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