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  • Breakfast To Take Away

    Every day I put out the breakfast crusts for the birds. The crows are particularly fond of crumpet for breakfast. It can be some time before they descend; if they are too late then the pigeons get in and make a complete mess of the offerings and usually end up scattering them on the ground.

    The crows come into the garden, take a bite, and leave... all in about a second. So getting a picture can be a bit difficult as there is never enough time to spot them, track with the camera, and get a focus lock. On high speed shutter (E-M5 Mk 1, so say 8 fps) they can cross the garden in 3 shutter clicks, the fourth being just the tail feathers. Sometimes they don't even stop at the bird table but come in flapping to a halt, grab a morsel, and move off without even landing.

    A couple of days ago we had just the right conditions - lots of light so a quick focus can be obtained and the shutter speed can be high to stop motion blur (although a high ISO of 3200 was still needed). So after trying for over a month I had some photos I was happy with.

    I was not pleased with the bokeh from the 40-150 PRO on these so I have slightly blurred the background in PhotoDirector4.


    Leaving with the prize.


    Next frame; over half way across the garden.


    Third frame; in front of the tree down the side of the garden. A bit of noise from ISO 3200 creeping into this one.


    Another one collects a tasty take-away. The background was not blurred in this one to show how badly it treats a rough cast concrete garage wall.
    Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
    Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
    Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
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  • #2
    Re: Breakfast To Take Away

    I feel your frustration.

    With my E-M1, I found C-AF + TR and either single focal point or 9 box, depending on the background produced the best results.

    As always, it's difficult to get the opportunities to practice.

    Dave

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    • #3
      Re: Breakfast To Take Away

      OM - they are big birds and we have a few out the back. Sometimes they sit on the fence alongside the Pigeons, Magpies, Robins etc. Have thought about getting them in flight - must be tricky

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      • #4
        Re: Breakfast To Take Away

        They are quick given their size.
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        https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajthrelfall/

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        • #5
          Re: Breakfast To Take Away

          The action and sharpness in #2 makes it my pick. Black birds always need considered exposure, you've nailed that in all. I've never figured how birds accelerate as they do. They seem to have a two speed gearbox either stopped or flat out. Even advanced fighter jets don't match their performance in flight.
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          • #6
            Re: Breakfast To Take Away

            Originally posted by DavyG View Post
            I feel your frustration. With my E-M1, I found C-AF + TR and either single focal point or 9 box, depending on the background produced the best results.
            Thanks Dave, I was using the largest size single zoom focus box. I have a function button set up for zoom focus (actually the multi function function) and I find this is an easy way to switch between my default (9 box) and single point.

            Originally posted by iso View Post
            ...Have thought about getting them in flight - must be tricky
            Thanks Iso. All garden birds in flight are tricky because its such a confined space. I think luck plays an important part.

            Originally posted by Mrs T View Post
            They are quick given their size.
            Thanks Amanda. "Quick" doesn't really do it justice. If you don't have the camera to your eye when you see a garden bird then you've missed the shot.
            Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
            Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
            Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
            Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
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            • #7
              Re: Breakfast To Take Away

              Originally posted by pandora View Post
              The action and sharpness in #2 makes it my pick... you've nailed that in all.
              Thanks Mark. Although I like the composition in #1 you are right and #2 is the technically better shot. The sweep of the wings and the way the tips catch the light probably make it my best shot of the day.
              Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
              Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
              Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
              Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
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