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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · I was SO close...

The heron was moving. I was moving. The water was moving. The Earth was moving. EVERYTHING was moving. I missed the money shot.Capturing BIF is easy...said nobody ever.

Anyway, is there something I could have done inputs, that could have improved this hot. I applied the usual LR & PS filters - even tried the 'shake reductio filter in the sharpening selections in PS. Any tips?

As far as while in the field (not in any particular order):

1. Use a sturdy tripod
2. Faster shutter speed, higher ISO
Anything else?

I'm using a 5D MkIII/ Canon 100-400mm L lens. Generally I use single point focus - should I be using multiple focus points? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Nov 03, 2017 at 04:06 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · I was SO close...

Just for fun, here are a couple more from yesterday's field day. I'm giving it another try in a bit>

Nov 03, 2017 at 04:22 PM
ben egbert
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · I was SO close...

That second one is gorgeous. I need to see your EXIF for the first to answer the question. But in general, you can do BIF pretty well hand held, and if using a tripod, you need a gimbol head and lots of practice.

Tripod or hand held, you still need fast shutter speed, 1/100 or higher to freeze subject motion. I shoot wide open and you can easily got to ISO800 or even higher on modern cameras.

I use burst mode and track the bird for a while to assure focus. I usually use manual exposure and have it preset.

It's been a while since I have done BIF so I am not conversant on the newest AF tracking modes,

Nov 03, 2017 at 04:59 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · I was SO close...

When I'm shooting BIF I am generally looking to leverage AF and burst shooting with around f8 and 1/800 or faster.

Not saying I'm any good at it, but you really want that wing to wing sharpness and no motion blur (unless conveying action).

If that isn't hard enough then you've got to make sure that your background is far enough from the subject to cream the background and really isolate your subject.

Good luck!!


Nov 03, 2017 at 10:57 PM

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