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Prasobh P. Rajan

Sunset Drama: Bird in Flight

How do you photograph a flying bird against a sunset?

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4/25/2004 2:50:51 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Meter for the sky in the background (a portion of the sky not exposed to the direct rays of the sun). This will render your sunset close to how it appeared to the naked eye, and will show the bird in silhouette. Shutter speeds will vary depending on the species. Soaring birds - like herons, eagles, or vultures - can be frozen at 1/60 or 1/125 sec, while a much faster speed of 1/500 sec. is required to attain feather detail in beating wings. Take a lot of frames to get the best shot possible. Also, wings look better on the up beat, than down.

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4/25/2004 7:06:48 AM

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