Only 1200 frames in 3 years? I shoot that many bird photos in a month. But then I don't have a 300mm f/2.8. If I didn't have to have physical therapy just to hold up my D7100 & 70-300 VR combination, I might be getting a case of NAS for one of those.
No, I'm not envious of your shot. Okay, okay, maybe a little or maybe a lot. Great capture.
Didn't see your reply until now. Thanks for commenting! 1200 frames is actually alot when you are flushing birds with a retriever as good opportunities like this are few and very far between. Although, I have found that early spring birds are bolder and more approachable.
This is a very unusual and delightful shot. May I ask you what settings do you use when you suspect action photos? I used to use Aperture control and everything else fixed but I am starting to wonder if I should not start to think about S with variable ISO to a maximum of 800 (if such a setting is possible). I also use a D300.
Thanks, Aart! I strive for 1/2000 SS to freeze the wing tips when I can. I was traversing hilly terrain which changed the light so I set the aperture at 5.6 which then ran the shutter speed between 1/2000 and the 1/3200 of the image above. That's also why my ISO was 640 despite good light. In a perfect world I'd be at f7.1 or f8 and 1/2000SS to get easier focus with the increased depth of field.
Both as a lifetime pheasant hunter and a newbie "serious" photographer( ie. trying to do BIF with a D600 and 70-300 lens and understand all the photographic science of what I'm doing) I'm gobsmacked by this shot-unbelievable, amazing.... "nice shot".
Thanks, Robert! I'll tell you this, there was a bit of luck here as the rooster had no idea where I was and flew by in perfect light. I cranked off 10 frames and got 3 I liked. My gripped D300 and ultra fast focusing 300/2.8 helped alot.
Charlie, Yes, it's a very lucky capture. When the bird flushed I got 3 other pretty sharp initial images in average light but when he banked into great light the system captured it perfectly. Not planned as he could have flew directly away as most do! But, there was significant wind and fortunately, he winged with it.
I actually am a bit upset as I didn't leave much room at the top so it has a major flaw there.