Friday, September 12, 2014

September Photo Challenge - Movement

Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys puts our photography skills to the test each month with a photo challenge. I decided to share some birds in flight for my selections as this is the hardest thing for me to do and something I want to get better at.
One of my best efforts as I knew what time the hummer came to the feeder and had the camera on the tripod. ISO 640 f7.1 and 300mm
Osprey babies stretching their wings and taking flight. The tripod was in use again but being so far away so as not to stress the birds, not all that crisp.  ISO 100 f/8 and lens at 300m
A coopers hawk that I pulled over to the side of the road to capture. Wouldn't you know it would take flight on me and it's not so clear because I was holding the camera and shaking from excitement. (grannies do this you know) ISO 100 f/8 and lens extended to 300mm
All of the above were taken with my Canon 40D.
Visit the Photo Challenge for more shots of movement.

28 comments:

  1. Wow. These are gorgeous, Judith. Well done on all of them. The hummingbird with his wings in a blur is a wonderful photograph.

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  2. Love the "movement" photo's hummers are a favorite, but I'm loving the baby osprey's spreading their wings to take flight for first times. The cooper hawk is a real beauty, we have some red hawks that are nesting down by our fish pond, they were flying all about the clear cut(were we cut our timber)this morning calling and sounding so sweet, oh how I wish I could get a great photo, can't seem to get close enough. And thank you for visiting Return to Loblolly, your comments are so appreciated, I'm new following.

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  3. Love seeing your birds in flight. Each one is beautiful!

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  4. Great photos, Judith, but that first one is stunning! Beautiful capture.

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  5. It really is so exciting to see these birds of prey in flight! How awesome to get that hawk taking off and actually see his legs and beautiful coloring! LOVE the ospreys, too! These are wonderful for the challenge Lavender Sis! Hugs!

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  6. These are great, Judith...I cannot hold. The camera still to save my soul!...:)JP

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  7. Wow...beautiful! I especially love the hummingbird capture.

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  8. Great job on one of the most difficult subjects to photograph - moving birds! Their movements can be so unpredictable, and with lenses zoomed out to the max, we have to work extra hard to even track the little boogers. I love the position on the hummingbird. You can see it's cute little feet. Lovely composition on the second one, with beautiful balance of the three birds. And I quite understand the excitement you must have had on the last photo. It takes extra willpower to hold it steady and fast hands to make adjustments to settings. You didn't say what speed you took it at, but it looks like your shutter was a bit too slow (and camera shake is more prevalent at 300mm). Which means the aperture and/or ISO would need to changed for the shutter to be faster. A speed of 1/500 second or more would crisp it up for a handheld shot. Terrific composition with the outstretched wings and nice backlighting on the wings. Wonderful job on the challenge, sweetie!

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  9. These are beautiful captures Judith, especially the hummingbird one. Donna offered some great tips in her comment. I need to memorize them! :)

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  10. These are awesome! I love each equally. :)

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  11. It looks like several of us chose hummers, didn't we? Your photos are really great but your hummer shot is phenomenal! What a great angle you got on the little guy! Great job, Judith!

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  12. Good Morning Judith,
    You have captured that beautiful moment of those birds. You have to be patient for that time? Especially the hamming bird in the first photo is pretty and I like the composition.

    Have a happy weekend!

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  13. Such wonderful photos for this fun challenge. Birds are so so hard to capture in a good photo...and YOU DID IT. !!

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  14. Sometimes just the thrill of seeing the birds eliminates any fuzziness in the photos. I love ALL these photos for the moments you captured. I had a pretty hummingbird come and hover beside me on the patio this week. I think we surprised each other and were only a foot away. I had the camera in my hand too, but didn't want to scare him, so the "perfect" shot will remain in my memories only :) Wendy x

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  15. Capturing movement really is a challenge. I can think of one photo I would use: little Lucy trotting on the big horse Bear, her golden hair blowing the breeze. A purely accidental photo. Love osprey photo. Those birds are so grand and hard to photograph.

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  16. Judith, great captures especially that hummer...wow!! I forgot about this challenge and will look into it.

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  17. Nicely done, Judith! Don't feel bad about the "not so clear" one. I usually throw 85 out of 100 photos away. It's really hard for me to capture good flight shots. I'm way behind commenting and posting. I'll be back home on the 17th.

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  18. The hummingbird shot is gorgeous! I understand about not being able to hold the camera perfectly still; I have trouble with that, too. You seem to have a knack for bird photography, whether they're still or moving!

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  19. I love the sweet hummer. And the hawk capture is awesome.. Well done, Judith! Happy weekend!

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  20. The shot of the hummingbird is amazing, Judith! Wow! You did a great job. Hope you are having a nice wknd!
    Beth

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  21. Oh my goodness...I am enamored with your hummingbird shot!! Gorgeous!!

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  22. WOW You did a great job on this challenge Judith!
    The hummingbird shout is outstanding!

    See you tomorrow!
    Shane

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  23. Judith, the shot of the hummingbird is fabulous!!!
    the others are too but that one is extra-ordinary
    Ruthie

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  24. That little hummer shot IS great - looks like he's balancing on the tip of his beak rather than hovering - but the movement of those amazing wings is definitely visible!

    Love all your pics Judith and Donna's tips are well worth remembering - if only I could when, as you say, we get so excited when a great photo op is suddenly there - and then I become all thumbs with my camera buttons and dials and can't remember much of anything!!

    Happy day -
    Mary

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  25. I knew right away it was a Coopers Hawk, I too had a great experience seeing one by the side of the road. I have some pictures on my blog of the ones we saw. Such a beautiful bird and to capture in flight is incredible.
    Janice

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  26. Wonderful shots! I was outside taking pics of my goldfinches on the sunflower in the back when a HUGE hawk flew over / talk about snapping a fast picture! He was a red-shouldered ....I only got one shot then waited about ten minutes as I was sure he'd landed in a pine tree...I wanted to get more photos but no, just the one :(

    To me, it is amazing to see hummingbird photos as when mine come they are so fast..in and out...and so I am in awe of hummingbird photos! :)

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  27. I enjoyed all your shots of the different birds. I get excited too when I spot hawks.

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  28. Awesome photos -- and I could sure use some tips! Tried to get a photo of an eagle at the Wisconsin zoo over the weekend, but I was too far away and had only my little point and shoot. I needed YOU there!

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