Practice makes perfect, or in my case it builds confidence. After practicing to capture bird images in flight I encountered a slight issue, face details.
The image above is nearly directly face on the Crow. I have a hard time making out the face details, they are all important. I have discovered the picture needs an angle, literally.
Capturing the image from the side illuminated by the Sun at a slight angle does the trick. Even though the above photo has a slightly different angle it makes all the difference in the world. Capturing the light on the bright side illuminates the entire subject, when in flight.
The face on image of the Heron is confusing, there are no distinguishable features. It’s difficult to tell where the head begins and the neck ends.
The head is turned slightly off of center making it much easier to see the facial details. This was taken during the early morning with a partially obscured Sun protecting the light areas from Chromatic aberrations. It only takes a slight movement of the head to change the entire meaning of the pictures story.
The Seagull in the picture above suffers the same fate as the Great Blue Heron with its facial details. In this case the lighting is fine although it’s coming from a difficult angle. All it takes is for the bird to turn its head just as the shutter is released.
In this image the Gull is in a good position, the sun lights up the entire subject. Taking multiple images while focused on the birds eye is essential for successfully capturing all of the details. I don’t use the high speed continuous, instead I choose the low speed which is 3 pictures per second. It sounds like a lot, and it is, however the fast speed is 7 per second. Stalling the buffer is to me a main reason I don’t use it often, storing the Raw photos takes up much more memory as well.
I have developed a skill for taking pictures of birds in flight, part of the secret is taking many snaps. I have taken 180 images and kept 5-6; I am not shy about deleting them. My attention is now on quality as well, if there are the slightest flaws I won’t edit them. Post only the best photos unless they are for demonstration purposes as those in this blog. They must be able to tell the preponderance of the story, words are 1/3 of it, pictures make up the remaining 2/3.
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