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Cliff Swallows Flying Low
Lens: Pentax 55-300 PLM Camera: Pentax KP Photo Location: Murry Park, Little Rock, AR ISO: 640 Shutter Speed: 1/1000s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: MikeNArk, 05-24-2022, 07:16 AM

While at my granddaughter's beach volleyball tournament near the Arkansas River, I noticed these Cliff Swallows speeding over the ground near the river. I thought it might be a good opportunity to try and photograph them. Lots of missed shots and all severely cropped. Here are some of the images.

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05-24-2022, 07:59 AM   #2
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Good job catching those. Smaller birds are really hard to catch in flight
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Good job catching those. Smaller birds are really hard to catch in flight
Thanks for your comments. They are hard to get. Deleted a lot of missed shots. I still have enough problems getting larger birds, also.
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Well done Mike. I really enjoy those dive bomber type turns. Thnx a bunch, friend.

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Well done Mike. I really enjoy those dive bomber type turns. Thnx a bunch, friend.

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Thanks Tony. I'm glad that you like them. They were hard to get.
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A lot of very nice shots that are nearly impossible to catch.
I haven't even attempted to get a shot of swallows that can be posted.
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A lot of very nice shots that are nearly impossible to catch.
I haven't even attempted to get a shot of swallows that can be posted.
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Thanks, Angky. This is the first time that I've been in a spot that I could attempt to track them without too many obstructions. There were a lot of them streaking across this area. Shot at 1/1000 shutter speed.

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I'm trying to figure out why this was shot at F8 when it could have been shot at 6.3 at this distance.
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I'm trying to figure out why this was shot at F8 when it could have been shot at 6.3 at this distance.
Thanks for the note. Likely because I had been shooting Beach Volleyball a few minutes before and failed to adjust it when I came up on these birds. It's not uncommon for me to overlook a setting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
Thanks for the note. Likely because I had been shooting Beach Volleyball a few minutes before and failed to adjust it when I came up on these birds. It's not uncommon for me to overlook a setting.
yeah, been there , done that a few times myself.
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You have some nice captures here MikeNArk . On the other hand F8 makes more depth of field thus providing more context !
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You have some nice captures here MikeNArk . On the other hand F8 makes more depth of field thus providing more context !
Thanks for your comments. When taking the pictures, I was more concerned with shutter speed than aperture. Trying to get focus on these birds as they were speeding by was my main concern. I deleted a lot more shots than I kept.
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