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Olympus E-M1 II Mounted with Pentax DA* 60-250MM F4 (Titmouse)
Lens: Pentax DA* 60-250MM F4 Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 II Photo Location: Porter, IN ISO: 2000 Shutter Speed: 1/2000s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: Lmcfarrin, 12-18-2019, 02:14 PM

Titmouse in flight.

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12-18-2019, 02:22 PM   #2
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Another excellent shot
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Another excellent shot
Thanks. I've learned a drive mode in the em 1 ii that i believe will eliminate what looks like to me as shutter shock or reverse jellow effect using electronic shutter.

The birds are moving faster than the camera can process the image resulting in what looks like motion blur near the eyes. The drive mode i will use in the future sacrifices some fps, but should eliminate what i just mentioned = continous burst with anti shock (equivalent of mirror lock up, but shoot continously)

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And you have to manual focus with that combination? I'm remain interested by the concept of m43 for wildlife, so I like to hear about people's experiences

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And you have to manual focus with that combination? I'm remain interested by the concept of m43 for wildlife, so I like to hear about people's experiences
My technique in a nutshell:

Multiple cameras on tripods prefocused where I anticipate the birds will fly and fired remotely. I have about a 1% keeper rate (alot of out of focus shots, tack sharp is rare).

Depth of field - a constant for frozen motion for backyard birds is ambient light shooting at shutter speeds 1/1600 (Blue Jay sized bird) to 1/2000 (Titmouse sized birds). This of course directly affects ISO and aperture. The gift and the curse becomes a decision between how clean do you want your image in regards to noise (ISO) and how deep of focus do you want. Depending on the available light (I shoot all weather conditions to maintain unique shots) I may be forced to shoot at F2.8 or faster. This helps remedy high ISO, but an image may not always have the entire bird in focus.

My advice - when shooting this technique is capture first and all other technical photography steps second. Equipment and skill is still needed, but if I cant get in position to take the shot I wont have an image to talk about. I'm doing more hunting than photography.
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Great image, I really like the little motion blur, it add a lot!
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Excellent capture! The wings and tail feathers all spread out together look great!
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