GBH Flight Sequence from Great Falls on the Potomac River

Started Jun 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: GBH Flight Sequence from Great Falls on the Potomac River

Fish Chris wrote:

Very nice GBH shots. Like the BG a lot too.

Just curious why you used 1/4000 and 1/5000th ? I often prefer the wings of a bird to be totally sharp and unblurred.... however, this can usually be achieved with larger birds, at 1/2000th, or even 1/1600th....

When learning my 7D, I had graduated up to as fast as 1/3200.... and I thought that was fast... but even at 1/3200, I saw considerable photo quality degradation, and ended up going back to at least 1/2500... or slower... and in fact, thinking more about pushing it down to the slower end, using my new tripod more often....

But in any case, these are very nice I love GBH's



Hello Fish, the shutter speed was automated since I tend to shoot BIG in aperture priority.  In this case, I was focused on a GBH that was closer to me and fishing with the grey rocks of Great Falls in the background.  I set the F5 to try and blur the background as much as possible without doing damage to the bird.  Though the camera and tripod were on the closer bird, I noticed this one flying from left to right and simply moved quickly to the camera and started shooting the heron in flight.  Had I not been watching the fishing activities of the closer bird, I might have adjusted to F7.1 or 8 in order to give me a bit more DOF since I had the falls in the background.

I haven't noticed a degradation in going to the faster shutter speeds, but that is something that I will need to experiment with and see what I get.  Thanks for the suggestion!

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