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Unread post by bucky » Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:06 pm

Nice 1 leopard spotter .

Really good if that was on your first day outs attempts :D

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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by Viv » Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:50 pm

Hi Madach
Realized your posting dated back to 2005, but it is still so usefull.
Going to KNP in September, will try all your advise then....


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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by madach » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:27 pm

Hi Viv,

It's good to hear that this topic is still proving to be useful!

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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by arks » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:09 am

Useful to me, too, madach, as it has been since you first posted it (altho I hadn't realised that it had been moved from the Wildlife Photography Enthusiasts forum, where it originated :roll: — why?!?) A printout still travels with me whenever I visit. And if I occassionally have some small success with photographing birds in flight, it's definitely down to your tutelage!
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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:48 pm

What a lovely thread to re-surface 5 years later! It's really some great advice - will be sure to try it on my next visit... Thanks Madach!
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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by Viv » Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:32 pm

Hi Macdach
Took all your advise to Park Marquentaire in France and could shoot this picture


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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by Viv » Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:19 pm

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Hi Madach

followed your instructions and advice....

Now we need some more pratice in KNP very soon....

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Unread post by Tembe & Kgala » Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:34 pm

I know this is not the right place (sorry for that) , but still funny to see someone from brussels will be in satara the same night as we will ;-))

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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by sinewave » Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:24 pm

Thank you for a really useful, clearly explained tutorial.
You did not mention anything about panning or tripod (monopod?).
Although "handheld" is most times the best because you are pointing the camera around the sky, so a tripod is little use. But because of my excessive handshake I use my tripod as a monopod. That is, I extend only one leg so that I can pan horizontally quite easily. The other 2 legs and the other parts of the tripod are held together with a strip of Velcro wrapped around.
Here's a sample:

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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by pepperjuice » Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:54 pm

For birds landing, take off try to be shooting with the wind, otherwise many GAT shots.

And lots and lots of practice.

A few samples downsized for web:

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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by sinewave » Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:06 pm

Hi pepperjuice

Please excuse my ignorance - what is "GAT shots"?

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Unread post by michel367 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:54 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
Shots from behind. :lol:

Gat = @ss or behind

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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:16 pm

interesting thread... :D
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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread post by sinewave » Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:55 pm

More tips to shoot "birds in flight":

Get ready to pan a "multishoot" with camera on monopod.
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Have camera on tripod viewing a "static" scene, but "multishoot" turned on.
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Unread post by Robbie A » Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:17 pm

Remember to use continueous focus.. track your subject and fire away.. SS high enough to freeze the motion..

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