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Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow (Image ID 42641)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 27th Sep, 2020 and uploaded on Thu 1st Oct, 2020 .
Resolution1800x1400
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ID42641
CommentI noticed that the Welcome Swallows were flying to and fro this perch while hunting. Waiting for the morning light to become good, I autofocused the lens on the perch, then switched it to ‘Manual Focus’ on the lens body, but kept the high exposure speed at 5 frames per second, having also preset the camera to a fast shutter speed of 1/3200 sec, stopping down the aperture one stop also for increased depth of field. Standing up, watching as a bird flew in, I pressed the shutter release, and this capture is one of a handful where it all came together
EquipmentNikon D850 – DX Mode
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens
Technique: The lens was focused on the perch in AF Mode, then switched to ‘Manual Focus’ on the lens. 1.5X cropped DX sensor was used = 750mm 'focal length equivalent in 35mm terms'.
Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/3200 sec at f6.3 & ISO-640. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: (preset) MANUAL; shutter released at ‘Continuous-5 frames/sec’ & AF Area Mode: Single. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing, cropping to 148% and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for blanket sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationBibra Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsin flight, adult
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