At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

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Martin.au wrote:

Probably Roller Derby.

I changed my mind. It’s anything where I’m using high speed pro-capture. I filled a 16gb card (~850 shots) in 14 seconds of shooting today (over 15-30 mins).

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Mark_A wrote:

Moti wrote:

My wife and I specialise in music and stage photography, mainly for classical, jazz and blues concerts. Our biggest yearly event is a chamber music festival in Belgium that lasts two weeks.

Hi Moti, I think I have seen your site before, are you not the couple that claim silent photography so as not to disturb the musicians? My gear is not ideal for such work, my shutter sadly sounds like a small guilliotine

Yes. Silent cameras is a big advantage for us especially when shooting classic music. This is one of the reasons that convinced us to switch from dslr gear to m-43.

During this festival we shoot master classes, rehearsals, concerts and receptions. We usually star shooting at 08:45 for the classes and the rehearsals and end after midnight on concert days followed by receptions.

This year, we shot about 9,000 photos altogether, from which about 2,800 photos were kept. We shoot only raw and we never use burst, anticipation is the name of the game. This is maybe the explanation for the high keepers rate. We shoot this festival for already 12 years so many things get into routine and are easy to anticipate.

I will go and have a look at your website because it will probably answer the questions, are you pro? how do you connect your images with your clients? and the suchlike.

Well, I don't like to use the term pro because it has no hexact sense. I prefer to call myself a working photographer. The images to the clients are usually posted on web galleries from which they can order.

eta, yes I just looked at your site, it seems you have your special niche with musicians. Nice website.

Thank you. Yes it is a niche because we are working with some of the greates musicians in the world.

Working as a team of two, allows us to split, so on days without concerts, my wife does the shooting and I stay in the hotel room doing the processing mainly with Lightroom.

It must be pleasant that you can work with your wife as a team.

Indeed it is because both of us also love music.

Mark_A

Cheers

moti

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the Rio Vista Bass festivle comes to mind

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IR1234 wrote:

Mark_A wrote:

IR1234 wrote:

Amateur cycling event 4 years ago, 22,000 images in 6 hours, although 18,000 was over 3 hours of that. Haven’t done that event in a couple of years due to weather, but expecting to do it again on Saturday. Something like 10,000 cyclists.

Hi IR1234, that is serious numbers.

What is your objective? Do you aim to sell a photo of each cyclist to them and if so do you process and put them all online or something, must be a big operation to do something like that.

That’s the objective. I wish we did. It will be a tiny percentage, but it pays the bills. Everything goes online and we publish about 10,000 per hour the moment an event or day finishes.

Yours is an impressive set up, I expect it took you a while to perfect your systems and workflow.

Compared to a photographer like me who shoots tiny amounts at a time and doesn't always even process them the same day it sounds very slick indeed.

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tony field wrote:

Mark_A wrote:

Martin.au wrote:

Probably Roller Derby.

Physically it is a rough sport with bump and grind and sometimes broken bones on roller skates

Looks like fun, I used to use roller skates when I was younger and we played all sorts of violent games on them

I never wore fishnets though while doing it !! what is that all about?

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Mark_A wrote:

For my D800 12bit raws are 30mb and a medium jpeg is 10mb - that is not shooting max quality raws which are 14 bit and 70mb. At the moment I think shooting raw + jpeg would be too much memory for my card and pc.

One reason I don't want more pixels in my camera. RAWs are 20MB, and I can dedicate external disk space to forgetting them. The 8Mpix fine jpegs are 3.5-5MB each, I can keep them around on the internal. Though my library is now 497GB, and growing alarmingly.

Those file sizes remind me of my Fuji S2 Pro which was similar. Oh well, I have made my bed now and will enjoy my present kit awhile yet before I have another look at what is available.

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MayaTlab0 wrote:

When I used to shoot flamenco shows for an association. I'd trigger the camera with the beat as I learnt that I was getting better poses this way and that it helped to compensate for the shutter lag (a bit like a drummer initiates moving the stick before the beat so that it hits at the right time). It worked well with the dancing style which is quite unpredictable, unlike, let's say, a car moving on a race track. BTW learning flamenco rhythm is a major PITA.

This resulted in 3000 or so pictures for a 2h show or so, often longer actually. I believe one went north of 4000 actually, but that was an even longer event (4h ? I don't recall).

Well several years later I find the resulting pictures not quite far from being crap but hey, I was a beginner and they were good enough for the intended application.

These days I I try to avoid anything that requires me moving faster than watching paint dry, I've learnt that I absolutely hate being in a hurry when taking photos.

Hi Maya,

Both I, and my kit are not really suited to fast action landscapes and portraits are ideal subjects. I do try my hand at motorcycle racing though so I am not completely a "slowmo".

I imagine flamenco might take place indoors in less well lit areas, is that right? If so I expect you also have to boost ISO etc .. ?

When you were shooting 3-4k images from flamenco what was your purpose? was it for pleasure or did you want to sell the images to the performers?

Mark_A

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Mark_A wrote:

I know some of you are just sprayers and prayers just teasing, but at what events did you shoot the most images.

Just trying to get an idea of what people feel is a lot because I expect we will have different feelings on this topic.

For me at everyday subjects I normally shoot between 30-90 and when reviewing them am happy if I get one proper special keeper.

On the higher side I went to a motor sports event and shot 400. At least 400 is all I have left, perhaps I shot more and deleted a load I can't remember. Anyhow 400 is my top so far.

What about you? where how many and why?

Mark_A

Well, I shoot landscapes and portraits mostly, but in reality probably take similar numbers of photos regardless of what I'm shooting. For landscapes, I'll shoot fewer variations, but I might be inclined to do more bracketed shots and duplicates to be safe (against corruption in case one set gets corrupted). For models, I don't bracket and usually don't take duplicate sets but I might shoot more poses, even if the model doesn't move much or change her/his pose very much just to make sure I get at least a few good shots of each major pose.

I would say that most would shoot the most at sporting events, and probably similar numbers for non-moving subjects. I do tend to shoot more (in terms of quantity) on vacation though, because some of the places I go to I may not come back to for a long time, or ever so I like to make sure my bases are covered there (and it's not like with film where every shot costs you $1 in the end), so depending on the vacation, I might shoot 300-400 frames in a day on vacation, but maybe 100-200 frames doing landscapes all day or model shoots (this all depends on the number of models, or locations I'm visiting of course).

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sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Well, I shoot landscapes and portraits mostly, but in reality probably take similar numbers of photos regardless of what I'm shooting. For landscapes, I'll shoot fewer variations, but I might be inclined to do more bracketed shots and duplicates to be safe (against corruption in case one set gets corrupted). For models, I don't bracket and usually don't take duplicate sets but I might shoot more poses, even if the model doesn't move much or change her/his pose very much just to make sure I get at least a few good shots of each major pose.

I would say that most would shoot the most at sporting events, and probably similar numbers for non-moving subjects. I do tend to shoot more (in terms of quantity) on vacation though, because some of the places I go to I may not come back to for a long time, or ever so I like to make sure my bases are covered there (and it's not like with film where every shot costs you $1 in the end), so depending on the vacation, I might shoot 300-400 frames in a day on vacation, but maybe 100-200 frames doing landscapes all day or model shoots (this all depends on the number of models, or locations I'm visiting of course).

Hi sirhawkeye64,

Your shooting volumes seem more like my own. I don't tend to take too many images of the same scene or pose either. Then I hear other people clacking away and I wonder if I am missing something?

Mark_A

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Mark_A wrote:

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Well, I shoot landscapes and portraits mostly, but in reality probably take similar numbers of photos regardless of what I'm shooting. For landscapes, I'll shoot fewer variations, but I might be inclined to do more bracketed shots and duplicates to be safe (against corruption in case one set gets corrupted). For models, I don't bracket and usually don't take duplicate sets but I might shoot more poses, even if the model doesn't move much or change her/his pose very much just to make sure I get at least a few good shots of each major pose.

I would say that most would shoot the most at sporting events, and probably similar numbers for non-moving subjects. I do tend to shoot more (in terms of quantity) on vacation though, because some of the places I go to I may not come back to for a long time, or ever so I like to make sure my bases are covered there (and it's not like with film where every shot costs you $1 in the end), so depending on the vacation, I might shoot 300-400 frames in a day on vacation, but maybe 100-200 frames doing landscapes all day or model shoots (this all depends on the number of models, or locations I'm visiting of course).

Hi sirhawkeye64,

Your shooting volumes seem more like my own. I don't tend to take too many images of the same scene or pose either. Then I hear other people clacking away and I wonder if I am missing something?

Mark_A

Depending on the skill level some may choose to take more. I've often heard, and believe, especially now that I'm more experienced, that over time, you take fewer shots overall, but more have a much higher keeper rate. However, I do know some pros that simply put their camera on Continous high and fire away and deal with it when culling (ie. cull the duplicates they don't need). In a way, to me, that sort of is a waste of clicks on the shutter, but to each his own I guess. If I'm working a scene that I'm really stoked about I might take some extra shots just to be sure, but I never do the spray and pray approach.

I guess if you have to error on one side or the other, error on the side of taking too many.  The worst that would happen is you either run out of storage space and/or you have to cull a lot of extra photos later, but I'd rather have extra culling than have NO photos from a specific location that I like.  But this also ventures into composition, working the scene and learning to "see" to get the shot you want.

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sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Depending on the skill level some may choose to take more. I've often heard, and believe, especially now that I'm more experienced, that over time, you take fewer shots overall, but more have a much higher keeper rate. However, I do know some pros that simply put their camera on Continous high and fire away and deal with it when culling (ie. cull the duplicates they don't need). In a way, to me, that sort of is a waste of clicks on the shutter, but to each his own I guess. If I'm working a scene that I'm really stoked about I might take some extra shots just to be sure, but I never do the spray and pray approach.

I do think with portraits I should perhaps take sets of images, perhaps 3 each because there are micro expressions that can make or break an image.

I know also from taking selfies (I have a new smartphone) that shooting a few of me I definitely have better and worse images in shots taken just fractions of a second one from another.

Mark_A

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Mark_A wrote:

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Depending on the skill level some may choose to take more. I've often heard, and believe, especially now that I'm more experienced, that over time, you take fewer shots overall, but more have a much higher keeper rate. However, I do know some pros that simply put their camera on Continous high and fire away and deal with it when culling (ie. cull the duplicates they don't need). In a way, to me, that sort of is a waste of clicks on the shutter, but to each his own I guess. If I'm working a scene that I'm really stoked about I might take some extra shots just to be sure, but I never do the spray and pray approach.

I do think with portraits I should perhaps take sets of images, perhaps 3 each because there are micro expressions that can make or break an image.

I know also from taking selfies (I have a new smartphone) that shooting a few of me I definitely have better and worse images in shots taken just fractions of a second one from another.

Mark_A

Absolutely agree, because I've had some instances where the posed shot I was going for, ended up not being "the shot" and what did was some shot where I may have said something stupid or funny (on purpose) to the model and she laughed and I captured that, but that's might be a little different than just taking shots as the model adjust their poses.  When shooting models, I try to keep the camera ready as much as possible.

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sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Mark_A wrote:

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Depending on the skill level some may choose to take more. I've often heard, and believe, especially now that I'm more experienced, that over time, you take fewer shots overall, but more have a much higher keeper rate. However, I do know some pros that simply put their camera on Continous high and fire away and deal with it when culling (ie. cull the duplicates they don't need). In a way, to me, that sort of is a waste of clicks on the shutter, but to each his own I guess. If I'm working a scene that I'm really stoked about I might take some extra shots just to be sure, but I never do the spray and pray approach.

I do think with portraits I should perhaps take sets of images, perhaps 3 each because there are micro expressions that can make or break an image.

I know also from taking selfies (I have a new smartphone) that shooting a few of me I definitely have better and worse images in shots taken just fractions of a second one from another.

Mark_A

Absolutely agree, because I've had some instances where the posed shot I was going for, ended up not being "the shot" and what did was some shot where I may have said something stupid or funny (on purpose) to the model and she laughed and I captured that, but that's might be a little different than just taking shots as the model adjust their poses. When shooting models, I try to keep the camera ready as much as possible.

I would say this is especially true when shooting kids.

You take a shot and its great.

And then they bring out the biggest smile you've ever seen. LOL.

Take care & Happy Shooting!

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Mark_A wrote:

MayaTlab0 wrote:

When I used to shoot flamenco shows for an association. I'd trigger the camera with the beat as I learnt that I was getting better poses this way and that it helped to compensate for the shutter lag (a bit like a drummer initiates moving the stick before the beat so that it hits at the right time). It worked well with the dancing style which is quite unpredictable, unlike, let's say, a car moving on a race track. BTW learning flamenco rhythm is a major PITA.

This resulted in 3000 or so pictures for a 2h show or so, often longer actually. I believe one went north of 4000 actually, but that was an even longer event (4h ? I don't recall).

Well several years later I find the resulting pictures not quite far from being crap but hey, I was a beginner and they were good enough for the intended application.

These days I I try to avoid anything that requires me moving faster than watching paint dry, I've learnt that I absolutely hate being in a hurry when taking photos.

Hi Maya,

Both I, and my kit are not really suited to fast action landscapes and portraits are ideal subjects. I do try my hand at motorcycle racing though so I am not completely a "slowmo".

I imagine flamenco might take place indoors in less well lit areas, is that right? If so I expect you also have to boost ISO etc .. ?

Indeed. Stage lighting. Smoky bars. Or outdoors at night.

It's one of these things I'd rather have preferred to entirely direct and light myself but that wasn't what I was there to do :D.

When you were shooting 3-4k images from flamenco what was your purpose? was it for pleasure or did you want to sell the images to the performers?

I deeply hated it (would have rather watched the shows) but I did it benevolently nonetheless because I could do it :D. Didn't earn any penny from it. Although I did it for several years it's one of those "best friend asking you to shoot your wedding" kind of thing. Combined with my perfectible processing skills at the time, it made for results I'm not particularly proud of today. But still a lot better than what they had gotten otherwise :D. I really like the aesthetics of Flamenco and may go back to it for personal work at another time, but in my own terms. It can really make for killer photographs.

The double purpose was to create a number of shots that could promote the association (flyers for example), and if possible a sufficiently large number of extra shots so that every dancer (some pros, some amateurs, at various levels) would be able to recognise themselves, hence the volume. I think that someone who would have wanted to sell the pictures would have had a similar shooting rate, but may have been more committed (at the risk of disturbing the audience).

Interestingly selecting the pictures wasn't that hard. Perhaps Flamenco has a role to play here. In general pictures fell into just two categories : crap (pose not timed properly and a face without or with too much "duende") or good (good pose, good facial expression).

I've learnt to say "no" to these things, they really sap any enjoyment out of photography for me. But I now have a deep, deep admiration for people shooting events of any kind.

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MayaTlab0 wrote:

Mark_A wrote:

Hi Maya,

Both I, and my kit are not really suited to fast action landscapes and portraits are ideal subjects. I do try my hand at motorcycle racing though so I am not completely a "slowmo".

I imagine flamenco might take place indoors in less well lit areas, is that right? If so I expect you also have to boost ISO etc .. ?

Indeed. Stage lighting. Smoky bars. Or outdoors at night.

It's one of these things I'd rather have preferred to entirely direct and light myself but that wasn't what I was there to do :D.

When you were shooting 3-4k images from flamenco what was your purpose? was it for pleasure or did you want to sell the images to the performers?

I deeply hated it (would have rather watched the shows) but I did it benevolently nonetheless because I could do it :D. Didn't earn any penny from it. Although I did it for several years it's one of those "best friend asking you to shoot your wedding" kind of thing. Combined with my perfectible processing skills at the time, it made for results I'm not particularly proud of today. But still a lot better than what they had gotten otherwise :D. I really like the aesthetics of Flamenco and may go back to it for personal work at another time, but in my own terms. It can really make for killer photographs.

I can imagine great photographs, the dresses, the poise, the faces and hair and the movement. Do you ever experiment with slower exposures?

I have a Spanish friend who is always liking flamenco dancing on LinkedIn so I see it, I am sure LinkedIn is supposed to be for dull business type things but she persists, I like it actually.

The double purpose was to create a number of shots that could promote the association (flyers for example), and if possible a sufficiently large number of extra shots so that every dancer (some pros, some amateurs, at various levels) would be able to recognise themselves, hence the volume. I think that someone who would have wanted to sell the pictures would have had a similar shooting rate, but may have been more committed (at the risk of disturbing the audience).

Interestingly selecting the pictures wasn't that hard. Perhaps Flamenco has a role to play here. In general pictures fell into just two categories : crap (pose not timed properly and a face without or with too much "duende") or good (good pose, good facial expression).

I've learnt to say "no" to these things, they really sap any enjoyment out of photography for me. But I now have a deep, deep admiration for people shooting events of any kind.

Yes, me too. And I have learnt a lot from this thread, some photographers are really approaching their event shooting processing and promotion in a very organised and massive way and my hat is off to them for it. I might never have a go, but at least I now have an idea of what is involved.

Mark_A

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Mark_A wrote:

I know some of you are just sprayers and prayers just teasing, but at what events did you shoot the most images.

Just trying to get an idea of what people feel is a lot because I expect we will have different feelings on this topic.

For me at everyday subjects I normally shoot between 30-90 and when reviewing them am happy if I get one proper special keeper.

On the higher side I went to a motor sports event and shot 400. At least 400 is all I have left, perhaps I shot more and deleted a load I can't remember. Anyhow 400 is my top so far.

What about you? where how many and why?

Mark_A

If I'm out of town and either know I'll likely never be able to shoot something again or an important event that'll never happen again I tend to shoot more, sometimes too much more. Up to a few hours from home I tend to shoot much less as I know I can easily return.

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Mark_A wrote:

I can imagine great photographs, the dresses, the poise, the faces and hair and the movement. Do you ever experiment with slower exposures?

I don't recall using very slow shutter speeds and I don't think that I was experimenting much when shooting these sessions to be honest - I didn't have the time to "fail" and was already stressed enough. I do remember though trying to avoid excessively fast shutter speeds so that the dresses were slightly (just slightly) blurred during fast movements, the photos are on one of my drives now but if i'm correct I was shooting a lot at speeds around 1/160th, 1/250th or so. I never tried to freeze the picture, a bit like propeller blades or wheels (as you most probably noticed shooting motorsport it's weird when the wheels show no motion blur).

That said if I wanted to get great pictures out of flamenco dancers... I think that I'd rather do it during a session dedicated to that purpose only instead of an event. It's a bit like when I ask people to take some really weird pose so that they actually look more natural in a photo, or fix their clothes with pins and clamps in the back, while their natural self or the way the clothes' fabric naturally drops just wouldn't work, if you see what I mean.

One thing though if you ever go to a staged event and you're not quite confident in your capabilities : go to the dress rehearsal and / or explore the theatre beforehand.

Yes, me too. And I have learnt a lot from this thread, some photographers are really approaching their event shooting processing and promotion in a very organised and massive way and my hat is off to them for it.

I've shot two weddings so far for friends who simply couldn't budget a photographer. I was most likely a lot less crap at it than uncle Bob but probably still quit rubbish.

NEVER AGAIN (well I can't say no to friends without the budget but I hope to run out of friends intending to marry one day). Hat's off to all the wedding pros who produce brilliant results while hiding all their hard work behind a facade of effortlessness.

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MayaTlab0 wrote:

Mark_A wrote:

I can imagine great photographs, the dresses, the poise, the faces and hair and the movement. Do you ever experiment with slower exposures?

I don't recall using very slow shutter speeds and I don't think that I was experimenting much when shooting these sessions to be honest - I didn't have the time to "fail" and was already stressed enough. I do remember though trying to avoid excessively fast shutter speeds so that the dresses were slightly (just slightly) blurred during fast movements, the photos are on one of my drives now but if i'm correct I was shooting a lot at speeds around 1/160th, 1/250th or so. I never tried to freeze the picture, a bit like propeller blades or wheels (as you most probably noticed shooting motorsport it's weird when the wheels show no motion blur).

Yes with moving vehicles wheels should show blur. I like it best when there is background blur also but sometimes that is harder to achieve and also get lots of keepers.

I was kind of wondering if the swirling dresses of flamenco might look good quite blurred, but I know you would not get so many keepers that way.

That said if I wanted to get great pictures out of flamenco dancers... I think that I'd rather do it during a session dedicated to that purpose only instead of an event. It's a bit like when I ask people to take some really weird pose so that they actually look more natural in a photo, or fix their clothes with pins and clamps in the back, while their natural self or the way the clothes' fabric naturally drops just wouldn't work, if you see what I mean.

Yes I know what you mean about clothes etc .. though I am not expert at fixing them with clamps and clips etc ..

One thing though if you ever go to a staged event and you're not quite confident in your capabilities : go to the dress rehearsal and / or explore the theatre beforehand.

I need to become more expert at posing people, I know that I can learn how and it would help when I next try to pose someone for a photo. As it happens, I mainly shoot people candidly and at parties or kids at kids parties which I used to love doing.

Yes, me too. And I have learnt a lot from this thread, some photographers are really approaching their event shooting processing and promotion in a very organised and massive way and my hat is off to them for it.

I've shot two weddings so far for friends who simply couldn't budget a photographer. I was most likely a lot less crap at it than uncle Bob but probably still quit rubbish.

I only have done that once and the bride asked me and 3 other friends with cameras to shoot images for her so there was no pressure. I really enjoyed it and she loved my pictures, probably I would have been a little stressed had I been on my own.

NEVER AGAIN (well I can't say no to friends without the budget but I hope to run out of friends intending to marry one day). Hat's off to all the wedding pros who produce brilliant results while hiding all their hard work behind a facade of effortlessness.

Yes indeed, hats off. I have seen some really nice reportage style coverage of weddings. Of course everyone is in their best clothes and expecting to be photographed so that makes it slightly easier but the professionals who specialise in this can really show some skills.

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Last Christmas my daughter's family gave me a gift certificate to a private extended falconing exhibition at the New England Falconry in Hadley, MA. My daughter and I attended last Spring, and it was simply fantastic.

In short order I took 103 shots with an 80 percent keeper rate. The keeper rate was actually 94%, but I also deleted ones that were simply too similar to others. I took that many shots – not my usual practice – because the models (Harris's hawks) were simply superb, on the perch, on the arm, and in flight.

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gollywop wrote:

Last Christmas my daughter's family gave me a gift certificate to a private extended falconing exhibition at the New England Falconry in Hadley, MA. My daughter and I attended last Spring, and it was simply fantastic.

In short order I took 103 shots with an 80 percent keeper rate. The keeper rate was actually 94%, but I also deleted ones that were simply too similar to others. I took that many shots – not my usual practice – because the models (Harris's hawks) were simply superb, on the perch, on the arm, and in flight.

Like you, my largest set of images at one outing was when I shot a pair of wild falcons on a cliff top. It is very easy to rattle of over 1,000 images when using 9 fps on a D850 with grip and battery. The worst part is the time taken going through them and culling those that were not quite good enough! Here is a 19 shot sequence with the D850 + 400 f2.8E FL VR and didn't miss a beat, bird flying at about 100kmh straight at me:

https://pbase.com/lance_b/19_shot_sequence

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