I have always been fascinated by photographs of birds in flight. The crispness and wonder of how that moment was captured.
We have a bird feeder in our yard that is very popular particularily with chickadees.
I noticed that they tend to take the same flight path towards the feeder and leaving. The gears were turning in my head wondering how to capture one of them in flight.
I setup my Canon SLR on a tripod with a lens allowing me a focal length of 500 mm so I could zoom right in near where they were landing on the feeder. I set the camera to Tv mode so I could lock the shutter speed to be extremely fast. Disabled auto focus on the lens then I manually focused on the very edge of the feeder to get the right spot. I then shifted the camera slightly to the left so there was nothing in the frame. I set my camera to continuous mode and waited. As soon as I saw a chickadee flying towards the feeder, I held the button… snap snap snap snap. I did this a number of times for each bird. Chickadees fly quite erratically and very fast.
Out of over 400 pictures taken in a short amount of time, about 10 of them caught some part of one of the birds. I copied the photos onto my computer to have a larger view and was rewarded with 2 amazing pictures… for an amateur!
I have a long ways to go compared to the professionals and their great photos. It is a fun hobby and I love learning more about it each time I experiment with my camera.