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Offline Oldboy

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More Swifts in flight.
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:09:20 PM »
Another dull day with rain saw Swan Pool full of Swifts. Why don't they fly over when the sun shines?










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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2012, 10:19:09 PM »
Nic shots. Loadsdown here too
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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012, 08:24:53 AM »
I suppose their favourite insects are not about, when it is hot and sunny.
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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2012, 11:43:15 AM »
Super panning OB  :tup:
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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2012, 12:24:37 PM »
Super panning OB  :tup:

  I suspect it's not so much panning an swiveling aroud like a whirling dervish!
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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2012, 12:42:52 PM »
I only answered the question, and forgot to comment on the pictures.
That's what sometimes happens, when you get older!

Great shots OB.
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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2012, 09:04:29 PM »
Thanks for all the comments folks. I was out again today in all that rain photographing Swifts and House Martins over Swan pool. The biggest problem I had, was the viewfinder kept filling with water, which didn't make the task of panning whilst keeping them in the focus point very easy.  :P












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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2012, 09:08:02 PM »
Superb stuff there OB :tup:  I often try to get shots of the swifts over the lake down the road but not even close to this good!
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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2012, 01:07:19 PM »
Wish I could do swifts. They often fly very low up and down the road outside our front door, and last week were either flying high over our garden or through it at head height. Even so, I've never managed a shot I'd be proud of. I'm sure you must be very pleased with these.
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Re: More Swifts in flight.
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2012, 10:33:25 PM »
Superb stuff there OB :tup:  I often try to get shots of the swifts over the lake down the road but not even close to this good!

Thanks irv_b. Try following them with the camera, with the focus point on them, without taking a picture. After a few trial runs of keeping them in the focus point try a shot.  :tup:

Wish I could do swifts. They often fly very low up and down the road outside our front door, and last week were either flying high over our garden or through it at head height. Even so, I've never managed a shot I'd be proud of. I'm sure you must be very pleased with these.

Thanks Simon. See above. Happy that I've caught them but not happy that it's dull so no catch-light in the eye.  :'(

 

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