Same thing I said to Redsgurl last week - how do you get the sharp focus on your flying birds shots ?? I read what she and another said, but I do most of that and my shots come out OK, but with soft edges and detail. For those shots specifically, I use a Nikon D300s with Tamron 18-270. My prosumer Nikons do about the same or a bit less.I did find that turning focus to infinity, then backing it off ¼" seemed to help some, but still room for improvement.
building on the BIF discussion-- Share yours!
Today, I spent half the day in the yard waiting on the Hummingbirds to show up. Little things are hard to shoot! But after today, I will take this.
I have never shot shutter priority. I need to try that. Ya know gogittum , I was thinking. Some lenses are notoriously soft. Have you researched the lens you use and see what people say about it? Im not sure what your settings are or the glass you use, but it may bear looking into.
thanks. i was curious about the wing blur. it is a good balance between the bur showing motion & being able to see the wing...........
gogittum The longer the lens, the more light it will need. Under trees will need more compensation for the shutter depending of the aperture, say 5.6-7.2 or whatever it is, depending on the speed of your lens of course. And then the settings will be totally different for the out in the open shot. the Osprey verses the finch tell the tale. As you see. More ISO for the under the tree guys than the out in the open guys. If you are shooting into the suns light, (read that again, slowly) the sensor will have a hard time capturing focus. Try to shoot across the sun's light. If it is overcast and you cant see the sun, take your sunglasses off and look up. Even though the sun is not visible your eyes will tell you where it is in a hurry. Let's back up to basics. What metering mode are you shooting? Metering determines how much light there is, which drives the shutter, dependent on the aperture, and lighting will be provided courtesy of ISO. This all depends on what the sensor tells everyone at that moment. Read this and decide which you would like to use. https://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/basics/18/01.htmNow then. Lets move straight over to the programmed settings. read this. https://imaging.nikon.com/support/digitutor/d3300/functions/shootingmodes_a.htmlLook at the EXIF settings for your goose. Click on the file, right click and click properties on the menu. Then, use those same general settings and see if you like the results. Get in the habit of looking at the settings for your images. for the images you don't like, compare the info and figure out what the issue was. Not enough light? Slow shutter speed? not enuff iso?..,etc..........Now then, after you read the links and make any adjustments you would like to try, go outside with
your camera and take a couple of images. Use moving cars for motion. Use
flowers for color. etc......................Let us know how it goes..........................
I think that Cassini's Finch is actually a Vermilion Flycatcher. Where did you take that shot? That species is common out west, but is a rare visitor to Florida in Winter. Nice shots. Love this thread. Keep them coming!