40D works well for birds in flight

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Charles, Oct 27, 2007.

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    Paul J Gans, Oct 27, 2007
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    Tom from WI Guest

    Nice picture! But you did say "birds" not "bird". Where are the other
    pictures?
    Tom
     
    Tom from WI, Oct 27, 2007
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  6. an eagle with a 300D :)
     
    Yvon Travailler, Oct 27, 2007
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    Celcius Guest

    I downloaded the photo and got the following:

    JEPG image
    444,6 kb
    1200 x 800
    2007-10-25 at 10:51.30

    Canon EOS 40D
    f/5
    1/1024
    ISO 400
    WB Auto
    Flash did not fire, red eye reduction used
    Metering mode: Pattern
    Focal length: 210 mm
    Lens model
    Camera serial number
    Profile: sRGB

    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Oct 27, 2007
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    me Guest

    me, Oct 27, 2007
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    Charles Guest

    Oh my head is swelling ;>)

    Actually, it is a tribute to the DSLR technology that we now enjoy and also
    a bit of luck. Thanks!
     
    Charles, Oct 28, 2007
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    Charles, Oct 28, 2007
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    Charles Guest



    0110 Model Canon EOS 40D
    0131 Software Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
    0132 DateTime 2007:10:25 11:36:24
    8827 ISOSpeedRatings 400
    920a FocalLength 210.0

    The lens was a Canon 100-400 and I was about 50 feet from the bird.
     
    Charles, Oct 28, 2007
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    Charles Guest

    More taken and more to come ;>)
     
    Charles, Oct 28, 2007
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    Charles Guest

    0110 Model Canon EOS 40D
    0131 Software Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
    0132 DateTime 2007:10:25 11:36:24
    8827 ISOSpeedRatings 400
    920a FocalLength 210.0

    The lens was a Canon 100-400 and I was about 50 feet from the bird.
     
    Charles, Oct 28, 2007
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    Charles Guest

    Also, the exposure time was 1/1000.
     
    Charles, Oct 28, 2007
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    Bruce Guest

    One of the best bird in flight photos I've seen.

    Bruce
     
    Bruce, Oct 30, 2007
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    Charles Guest

    Thanks Bruce. It rolls my socks because of the wing texture, which
    typically gets blown out with digi-cams. It was an overcast day ... that,
    plus a good camera and luck paid off.
     
    Charles, Oct 30, 2007
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  19. This is a property of the metering system, not digital specifically.
    E.g. slide film blows out easily too. Early digital cameras
    did poorly at setting exposure in my experience but have gotten better.

    If you would like some constructive criticism, while your image
    has some allure to it, several things detract:

    1) The bird's eye is not easily seen and appears a little
    out of focus. Successful wildlife photos have the animal's
    eye(s) in focus. Resolving the pupil is important as
    it engages us. Catch light helps too.

    2) The bird is flying away, giving the feeling of fleeing.
    Try and get the bird flying toward the camera. The near
    wing should be behind the center of the bird, indicating the
    bird is moving closer. (I learned this from Art Morris'
    books.)

    3) Regarding the above rules, all rules can be broken ;-)

    Try spot metering on the bird so you can set the proper exposure.

    Some white bird photos:
    http://www.clarkvision.com/galleries/gallery.egret.bird

    Good luck and keep imaging.

    Roger
     
    Roger N. Clark (change username to rnclark), Oct 31, 2007
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    Celcius Guest

    Roger,
    Great constructive criticism! (I specially loved your "Regarding the above
    rules, all rules can be broken" ;-)
    However (of course there is an "however"), birds in flight somehow do not
    respect photographers.
    You're lucky if they happen to come towards you and the cherry on the
    sundae, if it stands still long enough to be in focus ;-)
    The photos you show are pretty good and do not happen per chance. I suppose,
    one needs a to take a lot before getting these and "publishing" it.
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Oct 31, 2007
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