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jojoxena January 25, 2014
great clarity and action!
 
hotpixel January 25, 2014
Amazing catch !!
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sweetpea72 January 27, 2014
Fantastic action shot (:
 
philipbebbington February 06, 2014
Stunning action image. Congrats.
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Etna February 06, 2014
Very nice shot
 
michelbissonnette February 06, 2014
Excellent shot
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Arzhtatiana March 14, 2014
Cool! Nice capture!
 
birdlover54 April 27, 2014
stunning!
 
davbro June 12, 2014
Spot on timing.... a brilliant capture!
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onyanita August 19, 2014
superb...congrats on being a Finalist.
 
gunners42 August 20, 2014
Excellent.......
 
ronlogan August 22, 2014
Spectacular!!
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18ricco August 26, 2014
nicely done!!!!
 
SKEagle September 03, 2014
Great shot!
 
Michael_Shake November 26, 2014
Pretty amazing capture, congrats!
 
jrhalphen November 27, 2014
Great capture--congratulations!
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kaimdilekeno November 28, 2014
just amazing...!!! what is your camera and what lens are using?
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SHELBY23 November 29, 2014
Amazing shot,well done.
 
JDLifeshots December 02, 2014
Awesome capture! Congrats.
 
THOMMAS December 03, 2014
superb photo,detail right on,kool
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Dunner December 08, 2014
Brilliant capture! Congratulations.
 
Cla6Ssy0 January 22, 2015
Great capture!!!
 
RobinV January 27, 2015
great action picture
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annetteflottwell February 14, 2015
perfect timing, the landing gear is ready, directional feathers in manoeuvre, WOW
 
Kottibugs February 18, 2015
Amazing !
 
suzanewhitney March 19, 2015
Love it!
 
CWphotos5 March 19, 2015
Amazing timing!!! Congratulations!
 
bigtrocks March 19, 2015
Amazing clarity!
 
Adrian_Wills March 20, 2015
Superb!
 
iamtherie March 20, 2015
Lovely picture of the nuthatch!! They are such a lovely little bird!! Well done!!
 
davidbidmead March 21, 2015
Congratulations ! Masterful shot !
 
marciajewell March 26, 2015
Absolute perfection!!!!!
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AlanJakarta March 31, 2015
Terrific capture. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
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snowdon May 21, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Photofocus 2 competition ... Amazing
 
conniefisher_3790 September 18, 2015
stunning !! congrats !
 
kerryannehall January 17, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
 
alexandrudinulescu January 17, 2016
Great shot !! Congrats !
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eelcovanroden February 01, 2016
Congratulations on your many wins!!!
 
iamtherie May 15, 2016
Fab u lous shot!!
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JanSmithPics May 25, 2016
Nicely timed.
 
k9socal June 15, 2016
Fantastic!
 
nitti September 01, 2016
Outstanding!
 
LindaT November 11, 2016
Wow what a shot look at those feet!
 
Jack_EJ May 26, 2017
Wow amazing! Plz can u follow me as I am new
 
Tanya333 October 21, 2018
Amazing capture....well done!

Red-breasted Nuthatch



Flying to feeder in front of house.

Flying to feeder in front of house.
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Behind The Lens

Location
My flying bird photos were taken in the yard in front of my house in November when the weather in New England was getting cold and the birds were looking for food. I took down our regular bird feeder and replaced it with a small camouflaged feeder on a tripod. I set up my camera and lens facing the bird feeder. This was my target where the birds could land and where I could focus on the birds.
Time
The sun was low in the sky and it was cold. The angle of sunlight was best in the morning between 10:00 A.M.-12:00 A.M. This was the warmest part of the day when the birds were most active.
Lighting
I used available light. The action was stopped using a fast shutter speed with help from a high ISO. I had to have the sunlight at my back which forced me to face my house. The background in the photo is natural stained wood siding. I would have preferred a natural background of trees or yard, but the trees in November were bare making the background too dark and the branches too distracting. Facing the house was my only option.
Equipment
I used a Canon 7D DSLR with a Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USM lens, on a Gitzo tripod. I used a Vello Wireless remote shutter. The camera was in the manual focus setting, where focus was set on the feeder and the area around it. I wanted the line of flight from a nearby azalea bush to the feeder to be in focus as the birds flew towards the feeder. Exposure for this photo was 1/2000 sec f/5.6 at ISO 800. The camera was set at the continuous burst setting.
Inspiration
After looking at photographs of flying birds taken with a camera on a tripod and a bird flying, or landing on, a target feeder on another tripod, I decided to create a similar set-up to get captures of flying birds in my own yard. I wanted to see if I could stop the motion and catch a bird in flight.
Editing
I used Lightroom 5 Develop Module for processing the photo. I used the crop tool, plus basic, detail and effects sliders to make adjustments to the photo.
In my camera bag
I own a Canon 7D (when I feel like carrying a good quality telephoto lens), Canon SX50 (for just about everything since I now prefer carrying a small light weight camera), Ricoh GX100 (my favorite for macro work since it has a built in flash with a reduced setting for subjects that are close to the camera), Canon EOS M2 (to use with my EOS Remote app), and a Ricoh G600 (for underwater and fantastic snapshots). I have Canon lenses EF-S 17-55mm f2.8, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro, EF 200mm f/2.8L, EF 300mm f/4L IS, 400mm f/5.6L (my easiest to handhold telephoto lens) and a 500mm f/4L IS (older model). I own two Gitzo tripods, Wimberley Gimbal head, Wimberley Sidekick, and a RRS Ball Head. I have a CamRanger app that I use with my Canon 7D.
Feedback
My advice is to keep trying, keep pressing the shutter until you get the photos you want. Sometimes a photographic project will not be as easy as you think, but you can be surprised by excellent results. For my project I set up a small bird feeder in front of my house. I attached a small glass dish to a tripod and covered the sides of the dish with dried flowers, attached a small branch to land on, and covered the tripod with camouflage cloth. The birds landed on nearby perches before flying towards the dish on my tripod. I pre-focused on an area near the feeder and had the camera set on burst speed. When I saw a bird leave a tall nearby azalea bush, or nearby trees, I pressed my remote shutter and held it down until I saw the bird leave the feeder. I took thousands of photos on three different days. Most frames were empty and had no bird. Each day I would delete hundreds of empty frames. The fast flying birds would often enter and leave the camera's field of view before I could press the shutter, but sometimes I did press the shutter fast enough. Because many birds were leaving the azalea bush, or flying from the nearby woods, at the same time, many birds interacted in the air above the feeder, or on the feeder. Interesting behavior was captured in the sequence of images. In the images I could see a bird's acrobatic behavior during flight. Behavior I could not see with my naked eye. I needed a camera to stop the action. I was surprised by how many birds flew upside down, or pushed off upside down from the feeder when another bird was landing. My flying bird project took effort and patience, but it was worth it. By continuously shooting for hours, during the best sunlight conditions, I obtained exciting photos of bird behavior and flying athleticism..... a choreography of motion.

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