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Sakthik .

Bird Photography > Where to focus ?

Hello there,

I am quite new to Bird photography, I took some photos of pelicans and falmingos last weekend. All individual photos came out very well. I struggled a lot in focusing when there are two Birds together and I want both of them to be in focus.
Like this one:
Where am I suppose to focus, If I focus on one bird other gets outfocused. Its quite difficult for me to handle such situation.
How would you handle it and where would you focus?

Many thanks

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12/20/2005 9:32:52 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey kannan,
you need more dof. if your shooting at f4 you might want to go to 5.6 or f8.
is that with manual focus?what mm lens?

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12/20/2005 9:47:46 AM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Well the picure he posted was shot at f/10 so at 500mm I'd say more than that. You're gonna have to get up in the f/16 range, in which you'll need some serious bright light or fast films.

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12/20/2005 10:40:10 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Ideally, both animals should be in the focus plane, especially with telephotos since your DOF is so limited.
As the others have mentioned, a smaller aperture will help to keep near and far birds in apparent focus...(if the available light allows this.)

If given no other choice, focus on the nearer bird's eyes and let the focus on the one in the background fall where it may. Or, you can just be patient and see if they shift around to something more workable.

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12/20/2005 10:57:10 AM

Sakthik .   Hey,

Thanks to all of you. I will try out with smaller aperture values and test out the DOF.


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12/20/2005 1:27:22 PM

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