gone in a flash

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Bassy Forum Pro • Posts: 11,293
gone in a flash

no i did not use  camera flash

i saw the kestrel land in the tree  took a wide shot

then the other 3 pictures were spot meter but the shutter speed was just about ok while the bird was sat  stillish  but when it took off no good but i still like the feeling to the picture

plymbridge viaduct near plymouth in devon uk

Augustin Man
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Re: gone in a flash

Well done, congratulations!

I know from personal experience how difficult is to "catch" a bird of prey in a shot

Happy shooting and stay safe,


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Elliern Senior Member • Posts: 1,672
Re: gone in a flash

Very good!  They are such pretty birds.   We also have a kestrel that hangs out by a nearby business.  But very hard to find him and then get off a good shot.

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kathiemt Contributing Member • Posts: 657
Re: gone in a flash

Well done! That's how I've gotten some of my bird shots - just being aware of what's happening around me and seeing things in the distance.

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OP Bassy Forum Pro • Posts: 11,293
Re: gone in a flash

consider it a challenge to capture the kestrel in your neighbourhood

such a great bird to go after

OP Bassy Forum Pro • Posts: 11,293
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thanks augustin if you watch them long enough you get to know there favourite

perches, in my case below the bird was a  small stream and muddy path

good for mice and lizards

OP Bassy Forum Pro • Posts: 11,293
Re: gone in a flash

yes be aware   and have your own radar turned on lol

in my case i must have my hearing aids in both ears

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Hike Pics Senior Member • Posts: 2,264
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Great shots, Bassy. That 3rd one is awesome!

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DAP MV Contributing Member • Posts: 701
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Those three pictures tell the story, they should always be presented as “triplets”. The fuzziness of the middle picture shows the dynamic of the bird’s start— if it were perfectly sharp, it would not tell the story.

For me, this is a great capture.

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OP Bassy Forum Pro • Posts: 11,293
Re: gone in a flash

hi wes i hope i find you feeling fit and well i used to have some great times  when i had my kodak cameras and shared them on the kodak forum

yes that 3rd shot  is what i call a high energy shot  and action all the way if you can capture the moment

what i normally  do is shoot a bird like that is to be in manual mode with auto iso

choose the aperture  dial it in and leave it there  set the shutter speed on the lower  side

take a few shots while the bird is stillish,,now i know i have at least got some pictures of the actually bird now my next thought is to be prepared just incase it takes off

now i dial in very quickly a higher shutter speed above 1/1000sec   the higher the better

for smaller birds could be 1/2000 sec  or 1/4000sec to capture them leaving the perch

most birds will do a poo just before  departure time to make them selves lighter to fly

so when you see that fidgety moment or stretching get ready to shoot

use a small focus area and place that area on the birds body

you also need to have your camera in  burst mode   and auto focus continuous

and depending on how good your cameras tracking capability is also comes into play

but i guess you know all this anyway being a older guy like me lol

stay safe  regards bassy

OP Bassy Forum Pro • Posts: 11,293
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thank you i do understand what you are saying the thing is with the p950 being your very own spy camera you can get into seeing what the bird is actually doing and in some cases

what its thinking

thinking shall i take it to the nest now

as you can see this nest is very far away

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