Patience Can Be 90% Of The Battle


3 hours of waiting for an eagle.  Finally one pass.  But it was a good one!

  • Scout your locations (including sun angle and prevailing winds) to be sure that you're "patient" in the right location.
  • Make sure your settings are correct, check them periodically with test shots if the light changes. 
  • "Pre focus" on the spot you think the action will happen. 
  • Pay attention - don't get too distracted, the 10 seconds of action can happen when you least expect it

Stay in focus, 

Mark

Why Shoot Raw?


Tree Swallow Singing

Tree Swallow Singing

The answer is easy for me - shooting in the camera's native ("raw") format rather than JPEG allows for a high degree of recovery when you "miss".  There are other reasons (ability to adjust white balance, use camera profiles after the fact, etc) but exposure recovery is number one for me.  The image below is the original raw file from the camera.

As shot - underexposed

As shot - underexposed

Big difference!  The first step in processing this image was to increase exposure 1.5 stops.  That's a lot!  There were some standard edits made as well (contrast, color, noise reduction and sharpening) but 90% of the change was the ability to pull the exposure out of the shadows.

Shoot in the raw, you won't regret it!

Stay in focus,

Mark