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Pentax K-3 II Mounted with SMC Takumar 50MM 1.4 (Titmouse)
Lens: SMC Takumar 50MM 1.4 Camera: Pentax K-3 II Photo Location: Porter, IN ISO: 1600 Shutter Speed: 1/2000s Aperture: F1.4 
Posted By: Lmcfarrin, 12-14-2019, 01:50 AM

Titmouse in flight.

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12-14-2019, 12:23 PM   #2
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A difficult capture of such a speedy little critter.
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Yes, its difficult. But sometimes I get to "eat the bear."
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Well it certainly turned out nicely, thanks for sharing.

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Splendid shot. I doubt that any AF will have caught this...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Vmax911 Quote
Well it certainly turned out nicely, thanks for sharing.
Thanks

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Splendid shot. I doubt that any AF will have caught this...
You are correct, no AF can catch it. The birds approach and depart at unpredictable trajectories. You could use AF, but the AF captures will not have this type of uniqueness. To get this photo i had five cameras prefocused around the feeder - the bird cant escape all of them if my focus trap is set good enough. However, he escaped 4 of the 5 cameras, and then there is the issue of hoping the bird is in focus. But, when i hit the lottery it pays big - especially at F1.4

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You are correct, no AF can catch it. The birds approach and depart at unpredictable trajectories. You could use AF, but the AF captures will not have this type of uniqueness. To get this photo i had five cameras prefocused around the feeder - the bird cant escape all of them if my focus trap is set good enough. However, he escaped 4 of the 5 cameras, and then there is the issue of hoping the bird is in focus. But, when i hit the lottery it pays big - especially at F1.4
Thanks for sharing your secret sauce recipe.
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My focus traps are set at different heights and pitch angles. I set it up in a manner anticipating how the bird will attempt to evade each camera while also taking into account the background composition should i obtain a capture. My secret ingrdient is pre-framing for the scale of a type of bird to allow room for the bird to travel across the sensor while knowing what my crop will be in the end image. The size of a Blue Jay has to be framed totally different than a titmouse in regards to object framing with an end crop. If i had 5 K-1" or 5 A7R IV's would be a piece of cake.

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If you or others monetize this technique before i do, remember and mention the creator lol.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wasp Quote
Thanks for sharing your secret sauce recipe.
The end crop is where the image is won or lost. This image was cropped from 24mp to approximately 7mp and upscaled to 12mp. The Titmouse, Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadees are so small - captures are like macro action shots.

You also have to be willing to subject your camera/s to a shutter beating which is where my rx10 iii and em1 ii enter at the expense of some resolution (electronic shutter).

..... and theres more, be on the lookout for the e-book


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Well done! Not the easiest subject
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