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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering_Soul View Post
    Taken under a water tower in Tembe Elephant Park.

    500mm hand held while sitting on my arse.

    In my amateur opinion this is as close to getting it "right" as I've ever come in terms of freezing birds in flight.
    It's pretty good. No, really.
    What shutter speed and aperature were you shooting at?

    Your focus is very good, although I'd open up the aperature by maybe half/one stop in order to get more of the bird(s) in focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtber View Post
    It's pretty good. No, really.
    What shutter speed and aperature were you shooting at?

    Your focus is very good, although I'd open up the aperature by maybe half/one stop in order to get more of the bird(s) in focus.
    Thank you. I'm learning so your advice is most appreciated.

    I shot these at 1/2500 and 5.6 f stop.
    ISO was unfortunately a bit high to cater for the fact it was early morning in the shade. ISO was 1000. Shot with a 70D.

    I'll bump it up to 6.3 f stop next time.

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    This is probably a matter of opinion. Personally, I think that the depth of field need only encompass the eyes. Thus, if you are confident that you can keep your focus point on the eye, then a faster aperture is almost always better, as it smoothens out the background and gives you the best chance of freezing motion without having to compromise too much on noise.

    I also think that most of the softness in these is still motion blur rather than insufficient DOF. So I think your exposure decisions were spot on.

    On the other hand, I have seen soem photos where the eye is really sharp, but there is significant movement visible in the wing-tips, and in some ways I actually prefer that to a completely frozen bird, in much the same way as I prefer a full prop disc to just a little bit of motion in a photo of an aircraft. It goes to showing impeccable technique and insane skill levels.

    So personally, I think you have done really well here, and any real improvement from these must come from finding better situations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering_Soul View Post
    Taken under a water tower in Tembe Elephant Park.

    500mm hand held while sitting on my arse.

    In my amateur opinion this is as close to getting it "right" as I've ever come in terms of freezing birds in flight.


    very good action shots , even though sitting.............LOL
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    Caught the Harrier again yesterday after work. Was shooting into the sun and image not crisp like I would like, but still awesome every time I see this hawk in flight




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    Little kingfisher posing in Kafue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    This is probably a matter of opinion. Personally, I think that the depth of field need only encompass the eyes. Thus, if you are confident that you can keep your focus point on the eye, then a faster aperture is almost always better, as it smoothens out the background and gives you the best chance of freezing motion without having to compromise too much on noise.

    I also think that most of the softness in these is still motion blur rather than insufficient DOF. So I think your exposure decisions were spot on.

    On the other hand, I have seen soem photos where the eye is really sharp, but there is significant movement visible in the wing-tips, and in some ways I actually prefer that to a completely frozen bird, in much the same way as I prefer a full prop disc to just a little bit of motion in a photo of an aircraft. It goes to showing impeccable technique and insane skill levels.

    So personally, I think you have done really well here, and any real improvement from these must come from finding better situations.
    Thank you kindly. What a lovely confidence boost to read such a post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post

    On the other hand, I have seen some photos where the eye is really sharp, but there is significant movement visible in the wing-tips, and in some ways I actually prefer that to a completely frozen bird, in much the same way as I prefer a full prop disc to just a little bit of motion in a photo of an aircraft. It goes to showing impeccable technique and insane skill levels.
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    to see what I am on about...
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    Some from yesterday.

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    Just checking, is the one a cape starling or small glossy spreeu, I donít know the difference. Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by jds View Post
    Some from yesterday.

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    Just checking, is the one a cape starling or small glossy spreeu, I donít know the difference. Thx
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandbug View Post
    Cape (Glossy) Starling
    Thank you.

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    A green backed Heron which i have been watching at the Kyalami country club and also love photographing birds in flight.
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    Very nice Egyptian Goose.

    Love the light and color, great composition too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by horrace View Post
    Very nice Egyptian Goose.

    Love the light and color, great composition too...
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    Gevlekte Lyster

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    It must be one of the most rewarding trees to plant in your Garden , Schotia Brachypetala attracts a whole host of birds i have photographed the Red wing starling and also the cape white eye.
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    Sorry I have been quiet for so long, Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	541181 ....Job hunting is a difficult game, some from a quick weekend away to umhlanga adding a few lifers even if the shots are not great. Getting closer to the 400 birds photographed mark
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    Oh and I forgot the one that would not sit still...Click image for larger version. 

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    Well done Gif, got a couple there I still need, especially that one that would not sit still Bugger

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    This weekend at Kloofzicht lodge and spa , Female African stone chat and masked weaver. The best was the Long crested eagle which perched right infront of us for a few seconds .
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