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Crested Pigeon

Crested Pigeon (Image ID 34749)
Photographed byCon Boekel on Tue 2nd Apr, 2019 and uploaded on Sun 7th Apr, 2019 .
Resolution1400x730
Viewed24
ID34749
CommentI find it almost impossible to let a bird fly past without trying to capture a flight image. To me the quintessential meaning of 'bird' is feathered flight.
There are 61 images of Crested Pigeons in the BLP collection. Of these, only three are of birds in flight.
This is easy to understand. They accelerate tremendously quickly, fly fast, and have some undulation in flight
This image is not perfect but the wing tip, claw tip and face are all sharp.
The basic technique used was to set up for a very fast shutter speed and for burst. (It was a dull day and I have underexposed the image slightly.) The Canon sensor locked on well but the key thing is to ensure that the lens is traveling in synch with the bird. As soon as I felt confident that this was at least close, I pushed the button for a burst - while continuing to move the lens at the same speed as the bird.
EquipmentCanon 5D Mk IV
Canon EF 500mm 1:4 L IS 11 USM
Handheld
f/7.1
1/3200 sec
ISO-2000
0 step
500 mm
Processed using first DPP 4, PSE 13 and Neat Image.
LocationJerrabombera Wetlands Nature Reserve (Australian Capital Territory)
Keywordsin flight, adult
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