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A couple from Coldingham yesterday...

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Wee Jimmy provided the action yesterday...

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Fantastic action photography, how do you get such clarity and sharp focus, I have recently bought a DSLR and have been experimenting with action shots, but havent achieved anything that comes close to these images, can you tell me what kit you are using, and any advice you can give me on trying to "catch the action". looking back on some of the photos posted on previous posts I have got a lot to learn.:):)
 

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Fantastic action photography, how do you get such clarity and sharp focus, I have recently bought a DSLR and have been experimenting with action shots, but havent achieved anything that comes close to these images, can you tell me what kit you are using, and any advice you can give me on trying to "catch the action". looking back on some of the photos posted on previous posts I have got a lot to learn.:):)

Really, the only advantage I have over you is just 7 years of trial and error with a dSLR - I am still making loads of mistakes and getting it all wrong every other time I am out. The way I get 6 worth posting is to take 200... there should be half a dozen in focus out of that lot ;)

A few pointers...

Boat fishing is much easier for this job than river fishing for many reasons.

You need to take someone to catch lots of fish for you to experiment on - I find a 'Wee Jimmy' is perfect for this.

For action shots, try using shutter priority at 1/1000s and auto ISO. All these shots were at 1/1000s and even at that some have a lot of movement - I'm going to try 1/1500s next time :eek:

A 'fast' lens helps - one that can give you eg f2.8 wide open.

Set your camera to hi-speed continuous shooting and servo focus. I have servo focus transferred to the button under my thumb so I can just keep it actively hunting the whole time I am waiting for the shot.

Try to anticipate where the fish will break surface and be ready for it. Try experimenting with shooting 'from the hip' at times - it is difficult to watch for the moment while looking through the viewfinder.

Shoot RAW files and learn to process them really well, so you can get the best out of what you bring home - be it good, bad or indifferent.

These shots were taken with a Canon 7D and EF 135 mm f2 lens.

Hope that helps,

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Thanks for the info, I have a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens that i recently bought for macro shots, but I dont think this would be suitable for action shots, the other lenses I have are an 18-55 kit lens and a 75-300mm zoom,any help would be much appreciated, some of the shots that you and stuart pengs have posted are mind blowing, I will have to keep on experimenting, thanks.:D:D
 

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Thanks for the info, I have a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens that i recently bought for macro shots, but I dont think this would be suitable for action shots, the other lenses I have are an 18-55 kit lens and a 75-300mm zoom,any help would be much appreciated, some of the shots that you and stuart pengs have posted are mind blowing, I will have to keep on experimenting, thanks.:D:D

The 100mm f2.8 would be an ideal lens skye. I use a 105mm f2.8 micro nikkor macro lens myself for action shots of fish.
 
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Thanks for the reply, Im glad that the 100mm f 2-8 macro lens would be suitable for fish/action shots , what would you recommend as a start out setting, Manual mode or AV, Col has recommended 1000/s or 1500/s shutter speed, All information appreciated, :confused::confused:As you probably guessed I am new to this.:D:D
 
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A few from Stocks yesterday. Despite the gay July weather... in April, Chis68 managed to snag a few for the camera....


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Here are some pics of me messin about at Haddo. The casting one was when i was trying out one of Mikes new lines.

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Tight lines
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Thanks for the reply, Im glad that the 100mm f 2-8 macro lens would be suitable for fish/action shots , what would you recommend as a start out setting, Manual mode or AV, Col has recommended 1000/s or 1500/s shutter speed, All information appreciated, :confused::confused:As you probably guessed I am new to this.:D:D

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Sorry, didn't appreciate that you didn't know that "shutter priority" meant the Tv setting on your dial (Canon terminology meaning Time value). If you put it on Tv and make it 1/1000s you should be on your way. The only issue with going for Tv rather than Av is that in Av the camera doesn't often run out of options with what shutter speed to give you, but in Tv it does run out of aperture options very quickly in poor light. That is why you need to couple it with auto ISO, so it can up the ISO when it can't open the aperture any wider.

No need to worry about high ISO with modern models. Here's one at ISO 3200...

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If you have the C1, C2, C3 personal set-ups (don't think you have mentioned which model you have), all you need to do is make one of them your set of settings for action shots, then when the chance presents itself, just turn the dial to your action set-up and you are good to go in less than one second.

I have the 100 mm f2.8 macro lens myself. You should experiment with it, by all means, but please don't expect to get the results StuPengs gets with his Nikkor. The Canon lens is a bit pedestrian - it's not really designed for fast focusing work. Having said that, I have managed the odd action shot with mine...

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Your 70-300 mm is also well worth using for action shots. A lot of the time I just use whatever is on the camera, and that is often a lens with a maximum aperture of f4 or even f4.5. My mentioning that a fast lens is good for action shots stands - it's a wish list thing but not essential.

Trial and error has shown that somewhere around the 100 mm mark is a good focal length. No substitute for good light on the day though - that's the most essential thing of all ;)

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Thanks for that info,as I have said I am new to this, I have experimented with macro with the 100mm lens and have tried different f stop settings to create more depth of field, I will try some action shots and I will let you know how I get on!, thanks again for the info.:thumbs::thumbs:
 
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