BIRDS ON THE WING

Yesterday juliav1, Travelling Banana, posted great images of an Heron in her blog Moment and Motion.

By coincidence, earlier this week, I had the chance to grab an image of a group of Galahs sitting on the power cables near our house, about 150 or so yards away from where I was standing.

Just as I focussed a pair took flight and I was able to grab the ‘moment and motion’.

Here’s that image in full:

GALAHS ON TAKE OFF.
GALAHS ON TAKE OFF.
ON THE WING
ON THE WING

By cropping the image you get a better look at the two Galahs.

The combined weight of the camera and lens is just over eight pounds and normally I mount the combination on a tripod. In this instance I just happened to have the camera by itself and took the shot hand held, accounting for the image being not as sharp as I would have liked, even though the shutter speed was greater than the focal length of the lens and VR was activated.

For the technically minded, exposure was 1/640th second at f6.3, aperture priority, ISO 1400, focal length 600mm.

The uncropped image file is quite large,9000 x 6007 pixels per inch, or 30″x 20.023″, resolution 300 pixels per inch. Straight off the camera the file was quite large at 24MB.

I know that this technical jargon can be a pain in the proverbial but sometimes it’s good, like just now, ┬ábecause often obfuscation can helps disguise the errors in the image.