One day earlier this week it was quite windy. Hmmm, I thought, a good day to go
to the ocean and photograph waves. It was.
But I noticed a lot of birds flying around. My favorite thing to photograph is
birds in flight. Back in 1993 I bought a good Nikon N90 camera and some even
better lens just to do that. I found out that birds are a lot smaller and lens
don't do what the human eye can do.
Well, with my new Canon G2 digital camera I started taking pictures of the birds
as they flew by but this time they flew low so I snapped away only to discover
that the autofocus took too long and I'd miss the shot. The answer seemed
simple enough, use manual focus.
The other option is to put the G2 in scenery mode. But the scenery mode is only
wide-angle. That means small birds. I got so many shots that day and many were
quite close. I couldn't wait to get home to see my handy work. Here is one of
the better pictures.
That's terrible. There were all appallingly out of focus. But
instead of being discouraged, as I would have in my younger days, I realized
that I had a great opportunity to try again and it would be fun. Great
attitude, right? So the next day I did. I also got a good lesson in the value
It seems birds fly in spurts and don't always fly where I can get a good
picture. But if you wait long enough and stay ready, they will come by, as the
next picture illustrates. There are at least 4 reasons why the next picture
The subject moved. [Of course, it's a bird in flight.]
Camera not held steady. [Of course, I had to pan to catch the bird as it flew
The telephoto zoom setting magnifies movement resulting in blurry pictures.
Resizing images loses picture quality.
(Click image for enlargement)