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07-21-2009, 08:04 AM - 1 Like   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Torrentes Quote
Hi:

I'd like to know about Pentax shooters doing Bird In Flight photography. I've began posting in another forum and I found very few people using Pentax gear. Almost all the people are using Canon or Nikon stuff. Are any of you interesting in this type of photography? I'd like to share impresion about how Pentax gear behave for this discipline.

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the image below is done with 400 ISO film and a PZ-1, using an SMC300F4 plus SMC-F 1.7x AF TC

who says pentax AF can't do birds in flight!
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Chirpy, those pics are a real joy to look at.

From what Borno said and the others' pics (they are all brilliant, respect), I gather I should try some panning stuff with SR off. Monopod sounds good and I can borrow a fat Manfrotto monopod. What I don't get is how can you handhold a 300mm+ lens and get those shots? I understand I need patience and probably a very good anticipation of flight paths and my positioning to it. I only got manual focus long lenses, so I hope they can do the job also.


My bread and butter BIF: Birds of the town, half wild half not. 135mm lens, heavy crop on K100D


More bread and butter with the soft look: 55/1.4 lens full open on K100D

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QuoteOriginally posted by borno Quote
! My favorite tool for BIF is deleting the bad ones.
LOL! Me too--that's why I don't have any to post ;~) But I'm just blown away that you're getting photos like that with a 300mm, Borno--really great!.

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Not usually used for BIF pics but this was with a CZ Jena 135mm lens
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Here is one from winter in Wisconsin.



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Need a bit more practice with moving subjects, missed a bit of a wing, still quite pleased with the results though.
Red Kite, GX20, Prinz Galaxy 400 f6.3 at f/8, hand held, SR, pre set focus.



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Here's one from my early days with the digital camera before I learned that you can't take these types of shots with auto-focus on.

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My 1.5 cents worth. The bird was in perfect focus untill......

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Great shots all over! Who said birds can't be photographed with Pentax? For those interrested: after reading this thread, I started a thread in the Challenges and Games section where everyone can post his or her favorite BIF shots. Hope to see a lot of them....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rense Quote
Great shots all over! Who said birds can't be photographed with Pentax? For those interrested: after reading this thread, I started a thread in the Challenges and Games section where everyone can post his or her favorite BIF shots. Hope to see a lot of them....
I'll be sure to check it out, though for obvious reasons I will refrain from posting.

Nice work from everyone!
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I have a few posted over on Deviant Art - not necessarily great shots, but my best or just ones I liked...

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A bald eagle flying around a local farmyard one gloomy, cloudy day (K100D w/ 70-300 Promaster)




A gull at the beach on a trip back to Seattle:
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Great shot y'all!! My compliments for all those crisp and detailed photos! I thought this one would count, although it has no detail....

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BIF: Birds in flight...the way I get it right

My key tips for the BIF catagory all depend on the unique shooting environment you are in:

1. Try shooting with both eyes open for tracking.
2. I usually end up overexposing by a stop or two.
3. Try using a monopod with a ball head. Sometimes I`ll loosen the ball and shoot like that, and the stick supports while the head moves while tracking.
4. Switch off SR when panning
5. Use a mode that gives a quick shutter speed and a bit of DOF
6. I only use the centre point for AF. I find that if AF misses the subject It`ll start hunting the full range of the lens and end up stuck at the closest focus distance. If this failure occurs use MF.

Good luck...and I will put up pics if asked.
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