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How do I focus on bird flying toward me?

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Rkpphoto
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Bericht gepost op 04/14/2012, 03:35:25 AM door Rkpphoto
There's a robin in my yard that flies directly toward me, protecting it's nest. I've pointed my D7000 with 55-200mm lens at the bird when it's sitting on a limb, then pressed the shutter as the bird dives directly toward my camera. The lens won't focus as the bird is moving too quickly toward me. Is this an impossible shot or is there a technique or other lens that would make this shot possible? Thanks for your help.
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Hugoht
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Bericht gepost op 04/14/2012, 04:05:02 AM door Hugoht
Have you tried setting the Auto Focus mode to AF-C and AF-Area mode to 3d?
In this mode the camera focuses on your subject and keeps focusing as the subject moves.

AF-A and AF-Area-Auto should also do the trick as the camera itself should automatically decide it should use the modes described above.
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Rkpphoto
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Bericht gepost op 04/14/2012, 22:35:15 PM door Rkpphoto
I haven't tried the 3D mode. I used AF-C, but maybe the 3d mode will give better results, especially since the bird is flying directly toward my camera. Just for fun, I'll also try the Sports scene mode.
This is actually a difficult shot because the bird is fairly close, then it travels very quickly towards me, and I only have about a second before it passes by me. It's also evening, so the light is relatively low.
I'll try your suggestions and see what happens. I may just be asking too much of my equipment and ability, though. Thanks for your ideas.
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Red
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Bericht gepost op 04/14/2012, 23:04:46 PM door Red
I would just duck.


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Bericht gepost op 04/14/2012, 23:15:33 PM door Rkpphoto
I'm actually surprised at how formidable the bird's defense. The robin hasn't actually hit me, but it has come close. In another encounter, a blue jay hit me in the back of the head. They don't seem to bother anyone else so I'm thinking my camera makes them nervous. In any case, I'm going to see if I can figure out how to get a picture.
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Wisconsinart
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Bericht gepost op 04/15/2012, 08:07:10 AM door Wisconsinart
You might want to Google internet forums for wildlife photographers and ask there.

I do know you will want a fast shutter speed, you will still get a blurry object if the focus is spot on.
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Bericht gepost op 04/15/2012, 17:10:22 PM door Rkpphoto
I think the problem is there's just not enough light. Maybe a faster lens would help, but that doesn't help me because I don't have a faster lens. I agree that I need a fast shutter speed to stop the motion, which also requires more light. I'm already at ISO 3200, and when I tried a flash it introduced a whole other set of problems. If I can get a bird to attack me on a sunny day, I'll see if I have better luck!
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