The cloudy, breezy afternoon weather here of late has been great for my three mile daily walk. In addition, it has made for some good photgraphic opportunities. (I love white skies.) There are more Ospreys down by the lake than in recent years and many have been carrying moss for their nests. My favorite flight photography combo has been the Canon EOS-50D and the lightweight but pricey Canon 400mmm f/5.6L DO lens. I have written extensiveley of the 50D’s fabulous autofocus tracking accuracy in recent Bulletins–you can visit the archives, which have a great search feature, here: http://www.birdsasart.com/bn.html. Though I have stated clearly that the 50D tracks birds in flight more accurately than any Canon camera that I have ever used, we get lots of e-mails from disbelievers. You can also find a great BPN thread on the subject here: http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/showthread.php?t=29716.
The first three images are a sequence. Note that the bird remains in sharp focus even when it flies behind the telephone pole.
|The image below is my very favorite from the afternoon. It was created it as the bird landed atop the pole. All images as follows: ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops at f/6.3., AI Servo AF/central sensor only. (The shutter speeds varied depending on framing. If that is confusing to you see the ABP/ABP II sale here: http://www.birdsasart.com/books.html).|
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