Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Flock Flight

My final photo in the series, which plays out like a flip animation. This was the last shot I got before the birds settled down.  It best shows the white and black spotted bellies, and also shows the really fascinating flight flock phenomenon. How these birds can fly so closely together and turn with such precision is one of the amazing things about them, and just so mesmerizing to watch. The thing you can't see in a photo is how fast they are moving.  I had lots of time to practice with my best shutter speed as the birds came in from high tide, and I finally settled on my fastest option which is 1/4000 of a second.  But I had adjusted to 1/1000 of a second when I was photographing the birds standing in the shoreline and wasn't prepared for this big flying flock.  I hardly ever use shutter speeds this fast. These birds can really move!

4 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

amazing flow of traffic. :)

Gail Dixon said...

Mercy me! How they can negotiate flight under such conditions is incredible.

barbara cecelia said...

Another wonderful photo of birds on the wing. You have such a great eye to catch just the right timing -- barbara

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Wow! Such energy you caught in a photo!! I'm assuming you use a digital camera?