Flight of the Great Blue Heron

Click… Click… Click… Click…

That’s what you usually hear while standing next to photographers with cameras with big lenses. I often overhear bystanders ask, “Why do they shoot so many pictures of the same thing”?

If you have ever asked that question here are a couple possibilities (there are many):
        1. Some of the “higher end” cameras and lenses focus very quickly but focus a little better on 2nd or 3rd shots
        2. Many photographers shoot action, like flying birds or running wildlife, and want to be able to select the best of a series of shots (focus or movement)
        3. My favorite reason is for the sequence itself. I’ve always been a video person more than a still person so I naturally see sequences like this one.
I’ve been practicing shooting this type of a sequence for many months, if not years. This one has some luck involved but more so, practice and equipment. This is a series of 22 single shots of a GBH flying toward me but to the right over the mound in the middle, western pond at Wakodahatchee Wetland in Boynton/Delray Beach FL.

Each shot can individually stand on it’s own, well the last one is a little soft. But the focal point of each shot is the GBH’s eye. Modern cameras have the ability to let the photographers set very specific focal points, timing parameters, other criteria, so that the camera and lens (they work together) can seek, get, and retain sharp focus on the subject as it moves.

I’ve had fairly sophisticated cameras and lenses for many years but never really mastered their strength in focus until recently. I’m not going into all the details of how cameras and lenses work in this writing but maybe later, it’s a bit complicated and all camera makes and manufacturers are a bit different.

Check it out!!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Don Bromberg says:

    Great info!!!

  2. Mary says:

    WOW! JM, what a great sequence! Thank you for sharing, and for the explanation, too.

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