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brian1208
22nd September 2013, 08:59 AM
A few shots from my first chance to shoot Dragonflies in flight under reasonable conditions this year (although the darned things still wouldn't pose for me but insisted on dashing about all over the place! :D )

I'm still pleased with what the EM-5 can do using SAF, hand-held but can't wait to try out the EM-1 with similar subjects *chr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/9870275124_6376f964db_o.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7439/9870386053_837b0b4503_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7425/9870385883_47fbaef3a6_b.jpg

Zuiko
22nd September 2013, 09:12 AM
Very impressive, you must have quick reactions!

Imageryone
22nd September 2013, 09:22 AM
I have been trying this with the E-1 :D:D , don't they move fast ?? These results are super, keep up the good work, Brian.

birdboy
22nd September 2013, 09:22 AM
These are very impressive for a camera that has been slated for not being able to do BIF let alone DIF. My fav is no 2. Love to know what setting you used and how many you took to get these. What was the location to give that plain backgrounds.

Chevvyf1
22nd September 2013, 09:44 AM
Brian, WoW ! and mega WoW ! such terrific images of one of my favourite subjects IN FLIGHT :)

brian1208
22nd September 2013, 09:57 AM
Very impressive, you must have quick reactions!


The key thing here was that the camera kept up with me! :)

brian1208
22nd September 2013, 10:04 AM
These are very impressive for a camera that has been slated for not being able to do BIF let alone DIF. My fav is no 2. Love to know what setting you used and how many you took to get these. What was the location to give that plain backgrounds.

The first 2 were f 9, ISO 400, 1/400th sec, SAF single shot, hand-held (separate shots, 30 secs apart, saw it - took it - got it)

The last was a two minutes later, same shooting conditions, taken from the start of a short burst at 9fps

the background in the first two is from a green algae covered section of a stagnant pond, the latter is a bit further down the same pond where the algae had cleared.

So, for this sequence, 100% hit rate *chr

wellyboot
22nd September 2013, 12:05 PM
Stunning images Brian, absolutely stunning!!

Alpha1
22nd September 2013, 12:18 PM
Great stuff Brian.....now why was it you needed an EM1? :rolleyes:

brian1208
22nd September 2013, 12:34 PM
now why was it you needed an EM1?

Well - its NEW innit, got to go faster and taste better then the OLD EM-5 (if only they made them in Ducati Red there would be no holding me back! :eek: :D )

Its nice that you are all so positive about this shot (it is after all only another bug in flight shot :) ) but I suspect the one thing that really helped was something I forgot to mention - the nature of the light, it was a lovely bright overcast day, which I find is ideal for this type of work

Thanks to all for taking time to look and comment

This shot, although of poorer quality, was the one that impressed me with the ability of this combo as it was shot with f4 at extreme range, grabbed as the Darter flew alongside another, concrete bordered, pond. It is cropped out at less than 1000 pixels so is less than 20% of the original frame and was literally a Grab-shot as I was chatting to my wife when she said - "what's that over there?" - click / snap - gotcha

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/9870274864_81f1ba354b_b.jpg

dogsbody
22nd September 2013, 12:42 PM
Beltingly good. At a local RSPB reserve I spent hours trying to get a shot like that with an SLR and some big glass. I gave up in the end.

PeterBirder
22nd September 2013, 12:50 PM
Superb shots Brian.

Thanks for sharing details of your technique.

Regards.*chr

David M
22nd September 2013, 12:51 PM
The light and the background in the first two make them stand out.

Ross the fiddler
22nd September 2013, 01:00 PM
Those first two shots are fantastic Brian. *yes *yes

*chr

Xenon
29th September 2013, 09:32 PM
A few shots from my first chance to shoot Dragonflies in flight under reasonable conditions this year (although the darned things still wouldn't pose for me but insisted on dashing about all over the place! :D )

I'm still pleased with what the EM-5 can do using SAF, hand-held but can't wait to try out the EM-1 with similar subjects *chr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/9870275124_6376f964db_o.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7439/9870386053_837b0b4503_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7425/9870385883_47fbaef3a6_b.jpg

Excellent shots indeed, Brian.
I may be missing something, but which lens were you using for these?

Wee man
29th September 2013, 09:59 PM
Wow! Great shots No. 2 for me also.

banjukes
29th September 2013, 10:16 PM
Super shots. I'd love to get a shot as good as any of those. They stole the show today!

timmypreston
29th September 2013, 11:32 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/9870275124_6376f964db_o.jpg


Absolutely superb especially at 1/400th. I was expecting to see a much higher shutter speed.

I have tried this with mixed success but nothing anywhere near this good. I have seen people post pictures of huge birds of prey in flight with less detail in than that.:D

You must have tracked this perfectly. Nice shots.

Chevvyf1
30th September 2013, 03:47 AM
Brian :eek: The ONE in Ducati red :rolleyes: for goodness sake all the wildlife would fly away as it would not want to be "road kill" :cool:


ps I did see a Ducati logo on an Oly camera and a Ferrari model too :) I think it was in Grand Prix Legends - Christmas Catalog ... HONEST !

brian1208
30th September 2013, 05:17 AM
I may be missing something, but which lens were you using for these?

I just spotted your query, sorry not to have responded earlier, these were shot using the Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

You must have tracked this perfectly

Not in this case, as I said, I had been keeping an eye on it but these really were a case of spotting the moment and grabbing the shots whilst strolling with my wife. A little bit of me and a lot of the EM-5 :)

Xenon
30th September 2013, 05:24 AM
I just spotted your query, sorry not to have responded earlier, these were shot using the Panasonic 35-100 f2.8



Not in this case, as I said, I had been keeping an eye on it but these really were a case of spotting the moment and grabbing the shots whilst strolling with my wife. A little bit of me and a lot of the EM-5 :)

Thanks for clarifying that Brian :)

David Morison
30th September 2013, 06:19 AM
Exceptional shots, a credit to you and the camera.

David

Zuiko
30th September 2013, 08:53 AM
Brian is very modestly letting the camera take the main credit but in reality it is 90% photographer and 10% camera. Some people would still find a way to get shots like this if limited to a Box Brownie and I suspect Brian is one of them! :D

Zuiko
30th September 2013, 08:55 AM
Brian :eek: The ONE in Ducati red :rolleyes: for goodness sake all the wildlife would fly away as it would not want to be "road kill" :cool:



Wot, even the deer, badgers and foxes? :eek:

Sorry Chevvy, couldn't resist! :D

Chevvyf1
30th September 2013, 10:04 AM
Brian is very modestly letting the camera take the main credit but in reality it is 90% photographer and 10% camera. Some people would still find a way to get shots like this if limited to a Box Brownie and I suspect Brian is one of them! :D

ooh! YES ! Brian is a sharp shooter :)

Chevvyf1
30th September 2013, 10:05 AM
Wot, even the deer, badgers and foxes? :eek:

Sorry Chevvy, couldn't resist! :D


Well, ok deer, badgers and foxes have no wings ... but fly off fast in fright as they are first response " fight or flight " :rolleyes: creatures :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: