Just to keep in touch

I’m keeping busy with Andrew trying to get the best from his camera and lens setup photographing flying birds with auto focus and the different tracking setting available, there are so many variables, what setting do you use?

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    • 22/03/2020 at 4:42 pm

      I have never managed this successfully ~ I put it down to my eyesight reactions not being fast enough.
      I believe you can end up with a lot of “not quite there” shots and the more frames you can manage in the least amount of time is supposed increase your odds.

      Maybe when the world is back to what passes for normal, we can set this as a theme for an outshoot.

    • 22/03/2020 at 8:24 pm

      Different tracking settings will give different results – also check the number of focus points that you are using – blocks work well, more so I found than one only. It’ll also depend on the backgrounds, and how the bird is moving. Keep the shutter speed up too. More frames per second isn’t always the answer, but do be prepared for a low hit rate. Back to practice makes perfect. Can’t comment too much as I have no idea which camera you are using. If it’s the Canon DX, then I have some literature I can let you have (if I can find it… LOL)

    • 23/03/2020 at 3:38 pm


      Try the Auto Selection Mode full screen Focus point AF. In this mode as long as you have a clear uninterrupted sky and the bird is occupying a sizeable area of the frame.it should work. If it’s too small in the frame it won’t lock on.

      This method usually locks on to the nearest part of the subject but the longer you can track the bird before pressing the shutter the longer the system will have to evaluate what it is you’er trying to capture. Use AI Servo AF mode for best results single shot will reduce your chances. Remember your not paying for the film!

      Good luck

      • 23/03/2020 at 6:37 pm

        Cheers John, that’s what we have been trying and it’s been paying off, The extra sliders, tracking, lock on acceleration/deceleration are to ones that seem the most tricky. Buzzards are easier than Gulls but we getting there I’ll get Andrew to post a couple.

    • 24/03/2020 at 8:43 pm

      Nice shot Andrew,its better than anything i have taken so wel done, as i not up to speed with this type of photography im not elegible to give any worthwhile tech data, but keep up with your efforts, it will pay dividends. good hunting!!

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