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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread postby klipwagter » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:28 pm

I'm fairly new to this forum and only now noticed this post, which is really helpfull. Thanx Madach for the tutorial, it is really helpfull, considering I'm new to photography.

I just wondered what type of metering mode is best for BIF?

PS. Robbie, those shots are awesome!

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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:46 pm

Welcome to the forums!

Spotmetering would be best, but as the bird is flying it usually means that your centerfocus will be off it most of the time.
So the best thing is to meter the tip of a tree, and set that. It means going to manual, but that's no trouble as long as you remember to adjust it back to the setting you like best afterwards.

Don't forget the sunny f/16 rule, that makes it even easier:
On a sunny day and with ISO 100 setting in the camera, one sets the aperture to f/16 and the shutter speed to 1/100 or 1/125 seconds.
You don't want f/16 of course, but f/8 or f/5.6 instead, so you have a faster shuttertime.
Simply walk the stops, 1/125 @ f/16 = 1/250 @ f/8 = 1/500 @ f/11 = 1/1000 @ f/8, etc.
Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

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Re: How to photograph flying birds

Unread postby klipwagter » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:58 pm

Thanx for the reply DuQues.
Now I understand why alot of photographers uses Manual mode for BIF, makes much more sense now, thanx. I'll defently give it go next time. :cam:


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