Winged Wednesday 9/11/19

Eric Gofreed

Well-Known Member
For the tenth “Winged Wednesday,” I have selected some wild Macaws in flight from Costa Rica. The gist of this week’s theme is panning birds in flight or “sometimes blur is your friend.” As a bird flies by, you want to match your panning to the speed of the bird while keeping your shutter speed slow enough to blur the background.

While panning I use a slower shutter speed of 1/500th sec or less... trying to get a linear blurred background. Sometimes the bird is severely blurred and that can be quite beautiful. Usually with flight shots I want 1/2,500th second or faster.

The first panned bird is a Scarlet Macaw and the second panned bird is Scarlet/Great Green Macaw hybrid. The panning photo settings were 1/500th sec, ISO 1600, f/5.6

And for a comparison, the third photo is a Great Green Macaw; photographed at: 1/5,000th sec, ISO 1600, f/5.6

Scarlet macaw.jpg

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet-Great Green Macaw hybrid.jpg

Scarlet/Great Green Macaw hybrid

Great Green Macaw.jpg

Great Green Macaw
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