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Bird photography problems

I am having problems photographing small birds in my garden. The shots are not coming out in good focus. Are any of the attached settings maybe causing the problem please?
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Re: Bird photography problems

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I am having problems photographing small birds in my garden. The shots are not coming out in good focus. Are any of the attached settings maybe causing the problem please?
I would recommend S-AF (Sequential Low) if the birds are basically stationary. It would be helpful to see these images you refer to.
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Re: Bird photography problems

Thanks Ross. I'll try that and will post a few images later today.
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Re: Bird photography problems

I would also take control of the ISO setting to ensure a high shutter speed. Those little varmints move very quickly, and just a small movement can screw up your photograph...
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Sounds like a good plan! Many thanks!
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Re: Bird photography problems

what lens and what shutter speed ?
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Re: Bird photography problems

Sorry, I should have mentioned that! It's the Olympus 40-150mm lens with the 1.4x Teleconverter. Shutter speed set by camera at 1/250 as I shoot in Aperture Priority.
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Re: Bird photography problems

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Sorry, I should have mentioned that! It's the Olympus 40-150mm lens with the 1.4x Teleconverter. Shutter speed set by camera at 1/250 as I shoot in Aperture Priority.
I should have mentioned that you would be best to be using Antishock Drive Mode as well (AntiShock set at 0 secs, which is default with the E-M1 Mk II) because that is in the shutter speed territory of sensitive movements (up to 1/320 sec) from shutter shock. This camera is much less prone to that, but still worth avoiding it for what you are doing.
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Given he apparently sold his 40-150 Pro lens and TC and Chris appears to be an experienced photographer who has bought and sold a large amount of Oly gear on here, plus his stated shutter speed above of 1/250 is at odds with the Exif , I find the whole post a little strange. I have to wonder why someone so experienced is asking for advice on a couple of poor OOF examples and providing conflicting information. Most of his photos posted on here are no longer available to view.

Maybe Chris can explain when he finally returns to the thread.

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Thanks Ross. I'll try that!
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Re: Bird photography problems

I would recommend setting a minimum shutter speed of 1/500th sec to try and stop any motion. As already mentioned above these little birds move very quickly.

Also, if you are shooting through double glazing or even a single glass paned window be aware that shooting at an angle distorts the field of view.
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Re: Bird photography problems

A couple of example shots:
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Re: Bird photography problems

The images you have posted do seem out of focus but unfortunately they have no EXIF data included.

It seems the software you used to process them is removing it.

Could you post one straight out of the camera ?
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Here is a screen shot showing the Exif data
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Re: Bird photography problems

Your shutter speed of 1/2000th sec is certainly fast enough.
ISO 1600 is somewhat high and certainly is adding noise to the whole image.

But nothing in the two pics seems to be in focus.

Is this a crop of a larger image or the whole image?

Are shots you take of other subjects in focus ?

I have to say I am struggling to find anything obviously wrong.
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