Birds in Flight

I’ve spent a lot of time in parks stalking birds, trying to get a good shot of them in flight. While I’ve had a couple decent ones, I’ve only had one or two I really liked.

Last week, I was at the park taking pictures of my daughter during her soccer class. I only brought my 85mm lens. Sunlight was directly overhead. Shadows were horrible.

And then a gaggle of geese landed at the far end of the field. The kids started screaming. I turned around, they were taking back off again. And, somehow, despite shooting in Manual Mode, carrying a fixed lens, and not having any set-up time whatsoever, I took a pretty good shot of birds in flight. From the point of view of keeping the birds in sharp focus with their wings spread as they flew, I think this is one of my best pictures.

Geese flying in front of somebody's house next to the soccer field

85mm, f/2.0, ISO 400, 1/3200s

Unfortunately, the background sucked.  And. man, do I wish I was shooting at a smaller aperture than f/2.0.

Ah, well. Back to the drawing board….

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