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I am in Colorado for two more days. I fly back to Orlando this coming Sunday morning. I am tired and a bit jet-lagged, and I have been battling a mild case of altitude sickness as our condo is at 8500 feet. But I am still plugging away. We waited for several hours for some clouds to cover the sun this afternoon before finally creating some decent Violet-crowned Swallow images at 6:00pm.

Today is Friday 28 June 2024; we will try for some more songbird flight and action. I hope that you too have a great day.

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This image was created on 27 June 2024 at Evergreen, CO. Seated on a camping chair, I used the Robus RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod/Levered-Clamp FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens and the ridiculously amazing Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera. ISO 8000. The exposure was determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear wheel: 1/4000 second at f/4 (wide open) in Manual mode. RawDigger showed that the raw file brightness was perfect. AWB at 6:8am on a cloudy morning.

Tracking: Wide AF-C was active at the moment of exposure and performed quite well. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy the larger version.

Image #1: Stellers Jay — adult scolding juvenile

Spray and Pray Confidence with the Sony a9 iii

The outstanding AF system of the Sony a9 iii encourages me to try the impossible. This amazing camera body allows me to succeed fairly often in such situations as long as I am shooting aggressively and utilizing 1.0 second pre-capture. While my keeper rate when shooting songbirds in flight and action is ridiculously low, less than 1/2 percent, the occasional family jewel makes up for the effort required photographing in extremely difficult situations.

As far as shooting more aggressively, I must be getting better in this area as when I saw today’s featured image on the laptop for the first time, it came as a complete surprise. I had no recollection of pushing the shutter button!

a9 iii E-mail Set-up and Info Guide

a9 iii E-mail Set-up and Info Guide

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