Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

On the Wing


I wasn’t sure if I’d caught this image, it was over in the beat of a wing; with no time to focus manually, breaking waves and a rolling band of birds to faze the camera’s auto focus it came down to luck rather than anything else.

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Oystercatchers taken from the coast path near Prawle Point

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “On the Wing

  1. They’re one of my favourite birds…lovely!

  2. Wonderful, and I especially like the second picture! xx

  3. You did have a fine summer didn’t you! One for the memory books. Birds and the sea and some fine spiky rocks. Excellent.

  4. Yep. Had one of those with wild Canada geese on the wing. You lunge, snap the shutter, the suspense till you can get them home and get a good look. And then that “Oh, wow!” moment. Yep. Fist pump is optional.

  5. Autofocus is usally going to be more accurate and much faster than you can do it manually. That’s provided the camera focuses on the right subject – it sometimes gets it wrong!

    I do use manual focus but only when the scene is complex and the camera can’t work out what the subject is.

    The quick grab shot like your first one is what autofocus was made for and the result proves its worth.

    I particularly like the second picture because the waves give a background with a feeling of movement without detracting from the subject – the birds – closer to the camera. Altogether a nice shot with a feeling of depth.

  6. Autofocus – and luck – that’s fine – but YOU took the photos!
    I like the first one with birds and waves moving….

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