HS10- birds in flight

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vivekiny2k Regular Member • Posts: 117
HS10- birds in flight

mostly pelicans. and sea gulls and some kind of hawk. You can see I am not good at birds, just trying out my HS10 :-).

Unedited photos, just cropped and resized by picasa for quick upload. I will upload full size pic after I edit them to my taste.

http://picasaweb.google.com/vivekiny2k/BirdsInFlight

also some slow motion movies of pelicans at 30X and 120 FPS,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5UTe5rNLzY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgedUgRz4-I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZRPSiz8vZ8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9AA2gjwR1M

this is when the pelican dives into water to catch a fish.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Prv6BqLL4

(unknown member) Contributing Member • Posts: 915
Re: HS10- birds in flight

Good shots of a difficult and challenging conditions of moving subjects

OP vivekiny2k Regular Member • Posts: 117
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OP vivekiny2k Regular Member • Posts: 117
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couldn't conrtrol, here are some full size images.

Jhumroo Senior Member • Posts: 2,192
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Good captures Vivek. Birds in motion are very tricky, especially at long zooms. Good job.

Did you shoot in burst mode?
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tdkd13 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,410
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Not too bad, what I would do, and this is just personal preference, is not crop so tightly. Give the subject some space.
The "hawk" like bird I think is an Osprey, beautiful birds and live near water.
Ted

vivekiny2k wrote:

mostly pelicans. and sea gulls and some kind of hawk. You can see I am not good at birds, just trying out my HS10 :-).

Unedited photos, just cropped and resized by picasa for quick upload. I will upload full size pic after I edit them to my taste.

http://picasaweb.google.com/vivekiny2k/BirdsInFlight

Lloydy
Lloydy Forum Pro • Posts: 19,595
Vivekiny ...

tdkd13 wrote:

Not too bad, what I would do, and this is just personal preference, is not crop so tightly. Give the subject some space.

... I agree with this. Crops do look a little tight.

I would add that as you are shooting bright subjects, against bright backgrounds, try dropping your EV down a little, say, -0.3 (even -0.67).

Looks like you're having fun with it all though. Look forward to seeing the edit versions.

Cheers.

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Kenneth Ross Regular Member • Posts: 106
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The "hawk" like bird I think is an Osprey, beautiful birds and live near water.
Ted

Definitely an Osprey. Been successfully re-introduced to Scotland over past 30-40 years. Lovely birds

OP vivekiny2k Regular Member • Posts: 117
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there was a split second for me to focus and shoot. any later and bird would be closer and I would lose the focus. So there was no way I could use the burst mode.

same with high speed videos. once it locks, the focus doesn't change. so the birds get blurred as they come closer.

I started with 720 mm but realized it was really difficult to track them, so I started tracking at lower zoom and at the final moment zoomed in if necessary and then clicked.

I just got back to work and will go back to editing again probably today evening or tomorrow.

2raj wrote:

Good captures Vivek. Birds in motion are very tricky, especially at long zooms. Good job.

Did you shoot in burst mode?
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OP vivekiny2k Regular Member • Posts: 117
Re: Vivekiny ...

Not sure if I get it. against bright background, the camera will be fooled to use lower EV, so I should increase it. similar to shooting beach/snow scenes.
Unless I am looking for a silhouette, Am I missing something?

Lloydy wrote:

tdkd13 wrote:

Not too bad, what I would do, and this is just personal preference, is not crop so tightly. Give the subject some space.

... I agree with this. Crops do look a little tight.

I would add that as you are shooting bright subjects, against bright backgrounds, try dropping your EV down a little, say, -0.3 (even -0.67).

Looks like you're having fun with it all though. Look forward to seeing the edit versions.

Cheers.

davestravelgear Contributing Member • Posts: 513
Osprey!

Kenneth Ross wrote:

The "hawk" like bird I think is an Osprey, beautiful birds and live near water.
Ted

Definitely an Osprey. Been successfully re-introduced to Scotland over past 30-40 years. Lovely birds

I'll second that, it's an Osprey, found over most of the world.

I have tried flying shots recently with my HS10 with mixed results, the closer they are, the more difficult the focusing becomes, I resorted to manual focus eventually, and managed a few half decent pics, but most were blurry!

Below are a couple I took last week in Scotland, a Short Eared Owl and a Sea Eagle, both were over 200 yards away, and I also was using a Sony VCL-DH1758 converter lens, freehand, so quite a handfull!
Well done on your gallery, I really like No29.
Regards,
Dave

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OP vivekiny2k Regular Member • Posts: 117
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unedited in full size, since you like it.

davestravelgear wrote:

Well done on your gallery, I really like No29.
Regards,
Dave

davestravelgear Contributing Member • Posts: 513
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Thanks friend, that's a great shot!

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(unknown member) Forum Pro • Posts: 13,144
Re: HS10- birds in flight

The 1st and the 3rd one are quite nice. Best I've seen from an HS10.

OP vivekiny2k Regular Member • Posts: 117
Re: HS10- birds in flight

one more point on tracking, one HAS to use the viewfinder. LCD is absolutely useless when tracking birds.

and even with viewfinder, at 30x zoom, I ended up keeping both eyes open, one used to see thru the view finder and other outside to see actually where the bird was going. and then combining them.

buckshot
buckshot Veteran Member • Posts: 9,959
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vivekiny2k

Good start. This is may fav of the stills

Photorealm Contributing Member • Posts: 942
Not an easy "subject"!

Some good shots there, not an easy subject to photograph! Getting them "in flight" is something I enjoy doing as well and can appreciate the difficulty it is to get ones like that!

selkieNice Regular Member • Posts: 130
vivekiny2k

Really good to see your photos. Birds in flight are a huge challenge for any camera/photographer
I enjoyed the videos -pelcicans are amazing birds

alison

WIZZARD0003 Senior Member • Posts: 1,686
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Excellent series and good job with the video's...!

Those Pelicans sure fly low to the water...!
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Kenneth Ross Regular Member • Posts: 106
Re: Osprey!

I'm guessing Outer Hebrides, Dave? Where specifically?

(I'm in South Ayrshire, but used to live in Moray, where Osprey's would regularly visit my favourite local trout loch - strange how Ospreys seem easier to tolerate than Cormorants!)
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