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Once I am confident that all who receive their blog notices can access the blog I will share the details of the many Catch-22 rabbit holes that we encountered …

On Saturday it was cloudy bright, perfect for finishing my long lens AF Fine-tuning outdoors with the lights. It has been raining since then. On Sunday I finished up AF Fine-tuning my new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens (purchased just for the gannet boat trips!) and my versatile Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. I have been hand holding the latter to photograph the wonderful Sandhill Crane nest that I discovered only four days ago. I have nick-named the pair the “Army Corps of Engineers cranes” for the work they have done fortifying their nest with two eggs. Lots of photos soon.

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This image was created on May 17, 2018 down by the lake near my home with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the blazingly fast autofocus king, the Nikon D5 with Dual XQD Slots. ISO 800. Matrix metering plus about 1 2/3 stops off the sky: 1/2000 sec. at f/6.3. AUTO1 WB at 9:37am on a cloudy morning.

One down and one to the right of the center Group (grp) AF point/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. As originally framed, the left-most of the four AF points was right on the bird’s face. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +3.

Recently fledged young Osprey returning to nest

A Walk By the Lake

For my first visit to the lake in the past few weeks, I decided to head down without the 600. I took the 200-500 with the D5. I tend to go with the D5 over one of my two D850 bodies in pure flight situations (though I am not sure that this is the best tack …) There were a zillion Ospreys flying around but good situations were scarce. I made about 40 images and all but one or two were razor sharp on the bird’s eye or eyes. Yet I kept only this one …

So What Makes a Good Flight Image?

Many folk think that any sharp flight image is a good image. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, if an image is not at least acceptably sharp it will wind up in the trash on the first edit. Here are the additional factors that determine the success of a given flight image:

  • 1-Wing position. Wings fully up or fully down are ideal. Flat wing positions only work if a bird is angling toward you or is directly overhead, the latter ideal if the bird is soaring. In addition, there are many interesting take-off and landing poses.
  • 2-The orientation of the bird to the imaging sensor. If a bird is flying even slightly away from you most flight images will be failures (unless you get a nice look-back head angle).
  • 3-The quality of the light. Making a great flight image when the sun is out at full strength is extremely difficult due to shadows. Your best chance in those conditions is to try to capture a wings fully up pose with the bird slightly angling toward you in flight. My great preference for flight photography is for cloudy or cloudy-bright skies.
  • 4-Head angle. Many otherwise perfect flight images are ruined because the bird’s head is turned away …
  • 5-On rare occasion, skilled folks may be able to capture sharp images featuring unusual and/or dramatic poses: top shots, bank shots, birds turning in flight, birds landing with talons out-stretched, birds diving, or mid-air prey captures. Even more rare are interactions between two birds in flight.

If I left anything out, feel free to leave a comment.

Remember: sharpness is not nearly enough …

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