Water Fowl and Photo Tips for Capturing Action

I was going through my flickr stream and thought these photos of water birds might brighten your day.

Soar

Taking Off

Run Away

Circling

Photo tips when shooting birds in flight (or any action - I follow these steps when shooting sports):

  • Use the Continuous Focus Tracking mode on your camera. Some cameras have a "Sports Mode" which is a continuous focus mode.
  • Use the Continuous shutter release which will actuate your shutter continuously when you depress it.
  • If you have plenty of light, use the Aperture Priority Exposure mode, and set your aperture at least two stops from full open. (although I don't always follow this rule, as the top two photos were taken at f2.8)
With birds, you need to be patient! That was probably the hardest part for me, although when you're in Florida and have the entire afternoon free, it's not too bad.....

tinajo  – (May 22, 2012 at 6:16 AM)  

Thanks for the tip, I´m not that great at capturing flying birds! Lovely pics. :-)

Anita Johnson  – (May 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM)  

I find birds in flight challenging...well done!

2BPhotog  – (May 23, 2012 at 8:04 PM)  

Beautiful pictures of the birds in flight. Thank you for providing the tips. Most helpful!

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