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| Gear duck IF tip for Jerry etc. |
Jerry and I have touched upon this subject briefly today......how does one shoot BIF if chair bound, with limited motor capability ? I figure we are all heading in that direction one way or another, whether thru old age sclerotic condition, various muscular atrophies, etc. Thus today I tried to do a little limited motor action simulation on a simpler variant of BIF: ducks on takeoff.
I sat on a bench by the lake and positioned the tripod with 1DX + 300 f/2 IS MkI in front of me.
There was a whole bunch of Mallards swimming some 20 ft distant, which began to fly ashore in order to dry out.
Servo AF, center zone AF point selection, iRT AF off.
The objective was to zero down on a duck which was displaying the takeoff tell-tale signs, wait for it to start breaking out of water, and then commence firing while moving the lens upward only a few inches, or not at all, depending on the framing latitude. After several late reactions and misses, I began to get into a groove with it. It's not easy, but it seems feasible.
Here is one of the better shots that came out of the simulation.