Jo-Ann Rolle  

Bird in low flight by Jo-Ann Rolle

March 2023 - Bird in low flight

About the Image(s)

The image was taken last year during Christmas time at the Disney park. I tried to capture the low flight but had trouble with the image clarity and resolution. I tried to compensate in the edit process with Lightroom adjusting by sharpening, noise reduction and darkening the natural color. It still is not as sharp as I would like put I am pleased with the color transformation.

Cannon T8i, 200 lens, post processing editing in Lightroom

8 comments posted

Josh Lohff   Josh Lohff
Good Morning Jo-Ann

You pointed out the opportunities that jumped to my mind about this image.

On the positive side, the colors feel about right, your composition is nice, and you've left room ahead of your subject, which is especially important with bird photography because there's so much implied movement.

I've never tried to capture birds in flight but heard quite a bit about the process from "birders" in my photography club, it's not easy!   Posted: 03/12/2023 09:01:50
Jo-Ann Rolle   Jo-Ann Rolle
Josh, it is not easy.. and I have been intrigued by birds for some time. I seem to do ok if they are not moving, but the "in flight" movement is what I truly would like to improve.... although I dont think I will ever become a birder... lol   Posted: 03/19/2023 18:49:34

Craig Callan   Craig Callan
JoAnn you've kept the tonality in a nice range. As far as the focus problem, you may want to set your camera to "Continuous Autofocus" to help with moving subjects. Here's a video on Canon focus mode sttings the may be helpful:   Posted: 03/12/2023 20:31:58
Jo-Ann Rolle   Jo-Ann Rolle
Thanks for the reference Craig... and autofocus is a great tip!   Posted: 03/19/2023 18:46:04

Owen Epstein
Great get Jo-Ann!

I love the colors of the water and the bird against the water. I love the clear face. The blured wings would be great as well if you kept the shutter open for a tiny tiny bit longer to get more of a flowing effect.

I would be intersted to see more of the same scene if you have them.

Owen   Posted: 03/13/2023 19:07:49
Jo-Ann Rolle   Jo-Ann Rolle
Thanks Owen... I took several shots but just could not get the exact results I wasa looking for... will return with an example soon.   Posted: 03/13/2023 21:33:32
Craig Callan   Craig Callan
Another piece of advice - when I shoot wildlife, I shoot dozens of shots - those guys move fast!
  Posted: 03/19/2023 21:39:09

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
Birds in flight (BIF) are a very difficult subject! I myself am just getting into this genre of photography. I have found many articles and videos on the internet. What advice I have gleaned is to shoot with a wide open lens and fast shutter speeds (1/2000 sec or better). This very likely will mean also using a very high ISO. I try to limit myself to 3200, but I am not surprised to find that I need to go to 6400 to get the shutter speeds needed. Auto-ISO works well in this situation. I use Topaz DeNoiseAI to address the resultant high noise in my images.

Continuous auto-focus is mandatory and shoot in burst mode so that you have many choices. You will delete most of them.

The hardest thing that I find is actually following the bird, i.e. keeping it in your frame. As they say, practice makes perfect. I need lots more practice.

I love your composition, how the bird is coming toward you!   Posted: 03/23/2023 13:38:51


Please log in to post a comment