Monday, June 13, 2011

In Flight (POTD June 13)

Capturing Swallows in flight can be tough, as their flight patterns are erratic, or so they seem at first. Once you watch these little birds for a while you start to notice a pattern to their flight, and you can start to track them, although it isn't easy.

Tracking is not the only difficult aspect of taking photos of them, you also need a lens with fast auto focus! I found that the auto focus speed of the Nikon AF-S 300mm F4D IF-ED was just barely fast enough to keep up with the Tree Swallow in today's image. None the less, after some practice I was a able to get a few in focus images.