November 5 2010. Have you ever tried shooting a sequential shot of the spontaneous actions of a bird ? You will be amazed when you play the sequential shots on your screen.
Here is a sequential shot of 10 frames capturing the fast actions of a Little Heron hunting for its prey (a prawn). The photos were captured using the Canon Eos 1 D mk IV and EF 800 IS lens.
Tips for shooting fast action sequential shots:
1) Use a higher ISO to achieve a faster shutter speed of 1/800 and above.
2) Pre-focus on the head of the subject.
3) Try to use the highest frame rate setting so that you would not miss out capturing the actions of the subject. (ideally a minimum of above 5 frames per second)
4) Stabilize your gears with a tripod or bean-bag.
|Waiting patiently for the prey at the river-bank|
|Focusing and using its long bill to strike on the target|
|Got it ! a prawn.|
|Why water birds like to swing its head after catching its prey from the river ?|
To shake off the moisture from its head ? or trying to kill the prey before eating it ?
|Swing, swing, swing !!!|
|Swallow it !|
Thanks for reading. Your comments are welcomed.