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February 5, 2008

7. A special technique

Filed under: Photography Tips — Tags: , , , , — Harold Stiver @ 10:18 am
Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

7. A special technique

If you look through the various images on this page, you will find a lot of birds in flight, and many of them were taken at full frame and close range. However it is very rare to have a raptor fly close enough to your camera in the normal course of things. The way that these shots were taken was by getting close to a sitting bird and getting the image when it eventually flies off. Before it does, you have time to set your exposure, speed, DOF, and focus. Since raptors usually spring up as they launch, you need to leave room at the top of the frame and this can be done by using your bottom focus point.


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6 Comments »

  1. Harold, A fine tutorial on photographing raptors, with your usual, magnificent photographs.

    Best,
    J.

    Comment by J. Young — December 7, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

  2. Thanks J. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — December 8, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  3. Thank you for a fine series of useful information. I can’t wait to get out and try some of these tips.

    Comment by Mike Jarvis — June 26, 2009 @ 3:17 am

  4. Thanks Mike, and good luck.

    ..Harold

    Comment by Harold — June 27, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

  5. Hi Harold
    I have met you a few times before at Hawk Cliff and you were always available to help the new guy (me). I am starting to get a little better
    but remember the people that take the time to help trust me there aren’t that many. I enjoyed your tips thanks once again
    Don

    Comment by Don Taylor — November 29, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

  6. HI Don,

    Its good to hear from you, I’m glad your photography is progressing and appreciate the kind words.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — December 1, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

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