I’m not a real birder…….not with my compact camera. But what if those feathered friends insist to be pictured? I just oblige.
Here I tried the “coninuous” mode, which delivers 6 images in 1.5 seconds or the faster setting, giving me 6 pictures in 1 second. After that, the processor has a break to store the files. With big cameras you get 8 images per second and you can shoot dozens in one go. Those machines also give you extreme super sharpness, detailing every minutest detail, which the normal eye cannot detect – wow!
With this Owl the medium speed was good. I did miss the “stuka – attack” of a Cape Bul-Bul (Bottergat) which dive-bombed the peaceful Owl. That’s more a matter of one’s anticipation and reaction, but a superfast on-going rapid-shoting mode would help.
The natural light in the eye in the close-up shots is perfect, but I’m not so happy about the sharp round light in some of the other shots at the end. No flash used, but a gold-colour reflector which enhanced the plumage, also created the “pin-prick” effect in the eye.
Thomas, May 2017