Heron – Back to Basics
Yesterday I decided to go back to shooting what I started shooting as a photographer, wildlife. I always picked up a camera to shoot wildlife and landscapes.
I kind of feel I need to go back to basics. as I haven’t really shot any in a while. I found a wildlife reserve near me and saw a Heron. There’s a few settings that are key for shooting wildlife.
Firstly you will need a high shutter speed so this means your aperture will be need to something like 5.6/6.3 to achieve that. This is especially key if you wish to get the animal frozen in flight, so we are looking at minimum of 1/2500, yes that wasnt a typo! Your iso would need to be a mimimum of 400 even on a sunny day. Then set the drive to ai servo ( on a canon) so it tracks the bird in flight especially and go from one shot to continous shooting and there is where my issue was yesterday, shooting the heron in flight. On my previous camera 7d, the CF cards were clearly a high write rate. I now, on my 80d , use SD Cards, now this isnt a problem but im using cheap sandisk ultra 80mb/s which when im shooting static subjects is fine but shooting birds in flight, all i get after only 3 or 4 shots mimimum, processing, please wait, as fast as i press the trigger it cant write quick enough.
Plusses are got some good shots as below and got the heron static in flight plus some wildlife shots through the trees. Negatives – couldnt get close enough, big enough with my Tamron 300mm and the cards dont write quick enough. Shopping List is for quicker cards and a 500mm lens.