Kingfisher in flight.

Sequence. 1 of 3 of a Kingfisher flying over water.

Sequence. 1 of 3 of a Kingfisher flying over water.

Sequence. 2 of 3 of a Kingfisher flying over water.

Sequence. 2 of 3 of a Kingfisher flying over water.

Sequence. 1 of 3 of a Kingfisher flying over water.

Sequence. 1 of 3 of a Kingfisher flying over water.

Synopsis: Obviously, this is not the pictures I’m after as none of them are in focus.

How: Panasonic GH4 with Metabones Speedbooster. NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G. Stopped down a small amount. Tripod and wired remote release. ISO 3200. 1/1600 sec. I’m taking the photograph sat about 6 feet away in a small wildlife hide.

Where: A neighbours small stream that leads to a larger pond. The female Kingfisher uses a network of streams and ponds in peoples gardens to perch and hunt for fish. She visits this stretch maybe once every 45 minutes or so and is very successful in catching fish. She uses many perches on the stream side and occasionally a perch I’ve set up specifically for her.

Why: I think a Kingfisher flying low over the water is a thrilling sight. I like this angle coming towards the camera rather than the side on view which is seen more often in photographs. I’m looking to get the reflection of the bird as well. I’ve framed up to get the darkness of the water with the soft blurred colours of the reflected background foliage. On a sunny day the Kingfisher will look amazing (I hope). A rainy day would make a very dramatic photograph as well.

What if: So this GH4 set up only allows setting a pre-focus point and then trusting the GH4 with its high frames per second. I’ve got a second camera also pre-focused with a slightly different angle but it only goes to 4fps. Sooner or later the Kingfisher will fly through where I’ve focused. Setting the focus point correctly is tough – basically I’m focusing on mid air above the stream. But today while sitting in the wildlife hide I worked out a better way to set focus. Hoping for better results next week !

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