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Swifts over my Garden

The Swifts were busy hunting for food over my garden yesterday, so I couldn't resist getting my camera out to see if I could keep up with them. In the end the Swifts won on penalties (a spinning head and aching arms) and these are some of the 'least worst' results which I ended up with. Any helpful tips are welcomed.

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Wow, super photos Ron....
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Good effort Ron, better than my attempts.
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Re: Swifts over my Garden

The best tip I have is don't look at my feeble attempts. I can't get close to your shots.
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Re: Swifts over my Garden

Thanks for the encouraging comments. I find the hardest part is locating them in the viewfinder and then keeping up with them. I always seem to be lagging behind. It is slightly easier if you can pick on one when it is further away and keep it in the viewfinder as it gets closer. It is astonishing how quickly they approach, though, and a couple of seconds later they are directly overhead.

Fortunately, as they were up against clear sky I could use all AF points and they often snagged the bird right at the edge of the frame.

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Re: Swifts over my Garden

good effort ,did you use all pointa a/f? shutter priority? focus limit setting, plus 2 capture? oly dot sight?press on beep if dot sighted, with live view on.had reasonable sucess with these settings.plus practice loads of it.
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p/s also no stabalisation if shutter over 1200 as it fights against panning,both ibis and ois.also i use vivid setting.plus get used to altering shutter speed on dial to max when sky shooting without looking at camera and exposure at .7 for me into sky ,over ex without looking at camera, counting clicks on dial and knowing which way plus and minus goes. for example if going from sky to water backgrounds you might have to go from over to under sharpish.loads of other tweeks in menu system that help but cant remember them but are in pc memory (hopefully)sorry for rambling on get carried away sometimes but oly menu is quite complex for a duffer like me.hope this helps all i can say is that the camera is capable of doing it but not every shot will be in focus accept it and delete after ,i shoot in raw only and as faster sd card as possible.converting to jpegs in camera afterwards then load onto pc whole lot and delete from camera all but acceptable jpegs cropped onto card two in camera.if i think of other tweeks will keep you posted.
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Re: Swifts over my Garden

[IMG]Swallow brandon 22/6/18 by Walter Warburton, on Flickr[/IMG]recent example not perfect but they never are for me.
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