To start the week, image 051, is a slow shutter speed image of a small group of Dunlin whizzing along a coastal headland. I’m creating these abstract images more and more and prefer them to the static shots I would usually take. There are many ways to get a slower shutter speed with your camera. This was photographed at around 1/60th sec. I usually shoot in Av mode on my Canon camera, so reducing the ISO to 50 and increasing the aperture value allows me to shoot slow shutter quite easily, depending on the ambient light. The hardest part is panning in perfect speed with the birds flying in order to get their heads sharp and these birds are not exactly slow 😉
Dunlin, Calidris alpina, Somerset. January, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
To end the weekend, image 050, shows a Red Kite in full stretch. Such a beautiful bird to watch and always a pleasure to photograph as they soar around massive expanses of blue sky. Photographing this individual in late evening light, I waited till the bird started to bank, and fired off a round of shots as it got into the perfect position.
Red Kite, Milvus milvus, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, January, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
Image 005 shows a diving Red Kite. These birds are absolutely beautiful in the right light but when they start to dive they will test even the most advanced autofocus system. Studying their movements before hand will surely help get sharper results.
Red Kite, Milvus milvus. Rhayader, Wales.
Canon 7D with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.