Evening Flight

_MG_9165-2The day at Slimbridge started out with good intentions – to take sharp pictures of birds in flight. A first for me. I found lots of ways of doing it wrong.

This is a shot from the end of the day when the light had almost gone around 4.30pm.

70-200mm f2.8 IS lens + 1.4x Converter. Shutter speed 1/3 sec handheld, f 4.0, ISO 200, ICM (intentional camera movement – a new acronym on me, thank you, Elizabeth).

The point for me was the most interesting lighting and hence shutter speed were as the light faded beyond the usual bounds of handheld acceptability. It was a definite decision to stay until the light had gone, not for the after glow in the purple sky but the subject movement.

If the light you use is the same as every other photographer chosen illumination, you will get pictures that are similar in tone and outlook to every body else. QED – choose lighting and conditions that make your pictures different from the run of the mill.

If you are a competition pot hunter by trade then those who win will tell you, a well executed different idea with no obvious faults or distractions has a good chance of catching the judges eye.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


2 responses to Evening Flight

  1. paula graham says:

    Pity the one 17th top left looks a bit odd…! Having you on of course!..it is the 18th instead! Certainly different..although George Morris..top notch wildlife photographer does this type of photo too and it is not at easy as it looks, I know!


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