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Pentax K-5 Mounted with Tamron 70-200MM 2.8 Macro (Blue Jay in Flight)
Lens: Tamron 70-200MM 2.8 Macro Camera: Pentax K-5 Photo Location: Porter, IN ISO: 1600 Shutter Speed: 1/1500s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: Lmcfarrin, 07-11-2019, 03:26 AM

Blue Jay in Flight.

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Getting a bird recognizable so close up flying in a photo looks mighty difficult for me. You pulled it off!
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Getting a bird recognizable so close up flying in a photo looks mighty difficult for me. You pulled it off!
Thank you. I have developed a photo technique to capture back yard type birds in flight that after crop the image will be approximately 6 to 12 mpx.

This is my regular mode of shooting. I use as wide as 50mm, as long as 200mm, I prefer fast lenses (1.4 - 2.8), but at times when light is abundant get to shoot at f4.
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.... Another capture

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Impressive!
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Impressive!
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Very well executed sir. You have an amazing technique. Thnx for sharing. TT
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Great results. What technique are you using for focus?

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Great results. What technique are you using for focus?
MANUAL FOCUS ONLY focus trap/s. I use minimum 4 to 6 cameras with each prefocused on an area the bird is expected to approach or depart from the feeder. Cameras are on tripods and operated remotely. However my picture keeper rate is 1%. Alot of my photos probably wont withstand the critiques applied to typical bif photography. Most of what I do violates "the rules" - in turn I can do what the rules can do, but the rules cant do what i can do (ie. shoot with ANY lens as wide as 50MM).
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MANUAL FOCUS ONLY focus trap/s. I use minimum 4 to 6 cameras with each prefocused on an area the bird is expected to approach or depart from the feeder. Cameras are on tripods and operated remotely. However my picture keeper rate is 1%. Alot of my photos probably wont withstand the critiques applied to typical bif photography. Most of what I do violates "the rules" - in turn I can do what the rules can do, but the rules cant do what i can do (ie. shoot with ANY lens as wide as 50MM).
Thanks. Are you using the catch-in-focus feature, or is it more spray-and-pray?
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Thanks. Are you using the catch-in-focus feature, or is it more spray-and-pray?
Highly calculated prefocus. Im aware i will have many misses, but when I hit its as my photos present. I use custom feeders and become aware of the birds habits. I just posted a photo of a chipping sparrow captured in focus at 1.4. A chipping sparrow with its wings at its side is as small as your pointer finger = im not praying too much.

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Thanks. Are you using the catch-in-focus feature, or is it more spray-and-pray?
These birds are too fast for ANY AF sytem - maybe not the A7R IV. The birds fly through the frame before the AF system can activate. My EM1 II has the ability to set a focus area x-feet to x-feet. Anything thats not in the focus zone the camera will not fire. I set my EM1 II with flash mounted. Since I only need 1 in focus shot, I set the camera to single shot. The camera never fired because it couldnt detect fast enough. I then used my hand to see how fast it could detect = way too slow to use catch in focus. It would be interesting to see A7R IV animal ey AF is fast enough.

No one realizes how fast these birds are until they try shooting them in motion. A Blue Jay flys about 14 to 20 feet a second. Chipping Sparrows, Chickadees, Titmouse, Nuthatch are even faster

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