Here's one of my absolute favorite shots, "Momentary", where one had been sailing over the other, before being kicked out of the way mid-air, leaving them with a perfectly hapless expression.
@porsupah That’s amazing.
@ghost_bird It's such a moment, ne? It's /amazing/ how rapid their reactions and timing can be.
@porsupah And yours, to capture it :-)
@ghost_bird *grin* I'll admit, there's some luck too, but yes, it's definitely part of the fun, keeping an eye on what everybun's doing, noticing some who seem to be a bit rambunctious, or keen on the courting dance (doing a sort of horseshoe back and forth around them, with bonus golden showers). Situations can arise and vanish so quickly, too, at least by our timescales - a frenetic chase might only last a few seconds, but they'll cover quite some ground in that time; keeping focus is a real challenge, especially when you're out at 300 or 400mm f/4.
@porsupah oh my goodness, what an amazing shot!
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@VyrCossont I was *quite happy* when I previewed that shot just after taking it. ^_^
Ahh, it's wonderful and frustrating in equal measure how many factors need to combine for such an outcome! It's got to happen, first of all, and then there's the nature and angle of the lighting at the moment. Then there's timing, and the horrendous difficulties (and luck) in acquiring accurate focus on an unpredictable, rapid target, when being off by even 30cm will ruin things at 300mm f/4 or beyond (and this may be happening 30m away or further) - all while handholding a telephoto lens, whatever the wind may have to say about that.
It's so much effort (and cost!), but gods, does that magic feel wonderful. ^_^
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