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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Birds-In-Flight - Seagulls

Still practicing capturing birds-in-flight. The little buggers are fast and it's not very easy. The fast birds like crows and ravens are tough to capture unless you're shooting at roughly around 1/1600 to 1/2500th of a sec. In low light, like cloudy weather you have to push your ISO up to 1/800th of a second. It will put a lot of noise into your photo, however a good noise control program in post processing will do a good job of removing it. I'm starting with gulls which when gliding are easier to capture than crows which will change direction very quickly and thus makes it difficult to track.

Still trying to get the hang of tracking birds, but it seems like it is really tough to get them completely in the frame. I'm looking forward to taking the 70-200mm VRII out, The 70-300mm G is OK, but unfortunately, I seem to get a lot of chromatic aberration. That makes it extremely frustrating to use that particular lens even though I can fill the frame with the extra 100mm of focal length.

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