Action Photography

I find one of the most rewarding forms of photography is capturing the moment; anything from children playing, animals fighting, birds in action or a sports event.

After a long time with a camera and lens I have adapted my skills for the occasion.

I mentioned in an earlier post about the cameras I have owned, and my first was a Kodak Instamatic 1976.

This was the only camera I could afford on my wage of £4.50, and after my keep to my horrible step-mum I ended up with £2.50 for the week – that was for my bus fare for the week and my social life. A pint of bitter was 12 pence.

It was with the Kodak that I captured my first action shot – a dolphin jumping out of the water as I went from Belize City to one of the islands at weekend.

1979 Belize taken with the Kodak Instamatic

Over a 40 year period I have owned numerous cameras with mid range lenses. It wasn’t until 2015 that I had my professional camera and lens with a system good enough for capturing action and sports images.

Learning the art of panning (a method use to follow a subject as it moves) came to me very easy – serving in the military and using rifles gave me an advantage when it came to following a fast moving subject.

January 2013 Short Eared Owl chasing a Barn Owl Canon 50D Canon 100-400 mk1

Canon was my go to setup, but below are some nice images I have captured using the 50D and 100-400 mk1.

For some reason I moved to an Olympus Micro Four Thirds Camera. The results produced were of the quality that I was used to. and I captured many nice action shots.

After about 12 months and I started researching the Sony Full Frame.

Finally I have a system I am confident will capture anything that moves and I can focus in on.

Achieving the perfect image depends on many factors:

  1. Subject
  2. Location
  3. Weather
  4. Line of sight
  5. Sun Location
  6. Speed of the subject
  7. Background
  8. Anticipation of subject moving
  9. Panning skills.
  10. Camera settings.

Even if you are lucky enough to have all the above factors, it doesn’t mean you will get the image to die for.

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