Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Up Above (Photo Of The Day March 23)

Spread Your Wings

Capturing sharp images of birds in flight can be a challenge at times, although there are ways to make it easier on yourself. Having good light, using a fast lens, which gives the auto focus sensor more light to work with and using a cross type auto focus point. I often shoot with a 1.4x teleconverter attached to my 300mm F4 lens, the only downside to that is that it slow down auto focus, which makes capturing birds in flight a little tough at times. The series of shots that lead up to this one were mostly okay, but the shortcoming was that the head of the eagle was not in focus, at least not the eyes. You cannot tell how well in focus the eyes are in this shot, due to the size of the bird in the image, but they are sharp if you take a close look (yes I pixel peep).

As for the image itself, I love how the light is coming through the feathers, and the thin cloud that is just above the eagle. These little elements within the image give something a little extra. That's all for today.