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    Low Level Flypast

    I have been filming birds in flight for some time - not an easy subject! I believe I am improving all though I still have a long way to go to make perfect image,

    Swans are quite good to shoot (with a camera that is) because of there size and because their loud wing noise gives you plenty of warning of their arrival.

    Comments and suggestions would be gratefully received.

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    Low Level Flypast

    Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/250 ISO: 100

    Perhaps a close up with a letterbox crop is an improvement.

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    Last edited by ChrisH; 10th February 2012 at 08:01 AM.

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    Re: Low Level Flypast

    Great capture. Personally I think the composition of the first shot is the better one of the two - I think the extra space in the frame helps to give the sense of speed a bit better.

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    Re: Low Level Flypast

    Lovely images.
    I started off liking the second picture the best but then, after reading Mal's comment, I changed my mind and prefer the first one! The fence is a bit of a distraction but not much you can do about it. The lighting and exposure are great.

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    Re: Low Level Flypast

    I agree with a crop, Chris, but the question is exactly how to crop.

    Your crop, I think, actually exaggerates the railings while leaving a bit of space above them reduces their impact.

    So what would I do?

    Probably crop the top just above the snow line, a bit from the bottom, to remove the out of focus water, then a balancing crop from the left side, probably about the same as you have lost in your crop.

    I also rather like leaving the snow to show that it is a winter scene.

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    Re: Low Level Flypast

    Hi chris, next time, try iso 800 and a little noise reduction in post. You'll find you will get a much sharper image with the added shutter speed.

    As far as crop, i think i would try cropping to the top of the wall with a 16/9 and see how that looks.

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    Re: Low Level Flypast

    Birds, especially in flight, need a good balance of shutter speed, aperture and ISO with shutter speed being most important. Try base settings of 1/1250, f5.6, ISO 200 and adjust from there depending on the light but try to keep that shutter speed up.

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    Re: Low Level Flypast

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Birds, especially in flight, need a good balance of shutter speed, aperture and ISO with shutter speed being most important. Try base settings of 1/1250, f5.6, ISO 200 and adjust from there depending on the light but try to keep that shutter speed up.
    This was his settings for the shot............Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/250 ISO: 100

    Bumping the iso to 200 is not going to give you 1/1250s Just sayin.

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