Rainbow Lorikeet in Flight

TonySlattery

North Narooma, Australia

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My new ambition: to get some birds in flight.

Canon 40D with 50mm f1.8 lens, f/4.5 @ 1/500 sec. Overcast light.

I think the ISO at 400 introduces too much noise, and even at 1/500 sec. there is motion blur in the wing tips.

The challenge is to have a shallow depth of field to isolate the subject but not too shallow in order to keep it in focus and a high shutter speed to freeze the motion. Which means bright sunlight and a relatively high ISO setting.

Normally bright sunlight means dark shadows in all the wrong places. Fortunately for this attempt, the sky was overcast but still fairly bright.

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