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Flying Puffin

Flying Puffin
Photo Information
Copyright: Jean Lebel (LBO) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 3] (143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, canon EF 75-300mm IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 15:44
Viewed: 4041
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took a few hundred pictures of these flying puffins. It is not easy to obtain a clear shot because these birds are so fast...
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-23 15:55]
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Hi Jean,
I think you might have had a sharper shot if you increased the shutter speed and reduced aperture. I know these are not easy.
TFS, regards, Ivan

  • Great 
  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-23 16:57]

Hi Jean,
good attempt on capturing a motion shot,
I believe you'll require a faster lens for low reflected light as in this case,
Vishal Sabharwal

This could have been a really nice shot if you had released the shutter a second or so sooner. The image itself is not overly sharp. As a personal note, I am not a fan of IS/VR lenses, nothing beats a good tripod. My suggestion would be learn how to use your lens without the IS the when you have mastered that, try using IS. Sorry if I am too critical for you, but we learn as we go. You seem to have a good eye and did well to capture this image on it's own.

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-23 21:26]

Bonjour Jean,
Dommage que la photo ne soit pas nette, car la composition est bonne et on voit bien la tÍte du macareux. La photo d'oiseau en vol n'est pas facile...
Salutations, Francois

Hi Jean,
a good try and nice picture. The POV is good but it's a bit soft. With 1/400 secwould be enough to freeze the body. Maybe the autofocus had hunt and lock the focus on the water.
I shoot alot of in-flight of birds and I use 1/500 sec as standard to freeze the bodies and get a nice movement of the wings. A used the IS in mode 2 if possible, you can never use a tripod for inflight shots. Look here, Golden Eye at 1/125 sec, the Golden Eye is a very fast bird, I took this with 70-300 IS USM in mode 2. It's all about to practise more.
Well done.

nice capture. it's tough to get something moving this fast. what ISO did you use? i use the 1600 and clean up the color noise later in order to get a shorter exposure and less blur. by the way your photo info is odd in that the manufacturer of your camera is Olympus, is Camedia by Olympus? I posted a workshot that cleans up the picture a bit.
some examples of the benefit of a faster shot at
some ducks
Pelican & seagull

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