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Bee Eater in Flight

Bee Eater in Flight
Photo Information
Copyright: Kiran K V (sunkirana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 29 N: 199] (1143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha 100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-22 11:34
Viewed: 3541
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the third picture in the Bee Eater series. I have been trying to shoot birds in flight for some time. Kites have been easy since they glide. It is the fast moving birds which require a complete revamp in our approach to shooting "Birds in flight". Shooting Bee Eaters gave me an insight as to how I could improve. Bee Eaters are extremely fast birds, which flap a lot, change directions in split seconds and hence have a completely unpredictable flight path. Even when you have them flying all around, it can be quite a task to get a focus lock even in AFC mode. Hide helps shoot these beauties only when they land on a perch.
The probability of getting a good flight shot is to be out in the open, NOT in hide. It also helps if we know where to focus. One technique which has helped me get decent shots is to keep the AF in AFS mode, lock the focus and then shift the frame to somewhere above the bird so that when they do take off and your response is quick enough, you land a good flight shot. Hope this helps all those who want to shoot these birds in all their glory "In-flight". Goodluck!

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Hi Kiran,
Nice capture. Good composition and sharpness.

Hi Kiran, very nice in-flight capture of this Bee Eater. You have him positioned perfectly in this stopped action shot of yours. Colour and detail on the bird are excellent. Very excellent and helpful notes.

Thanks, John

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-23 9:41]

Hello Kiran,
Very nice shot of this bird on the move.
Lovely view and great focus. Well done TFS Ganesh

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