Sharing My Birds in Flight Settings

Years of self teaching has given me so much heartache on many occasions coming back with a new set up and all the images being soft out of focus, focus point in the wrong place. Half the bird in the frame, blown out through over exposure. To dark, to much Noise, i could go on and cover more situations but i think you know what i mean if you have experienced what i have just explained.

Anyway in a lot of my early posts on here i mention the fact that i am a big believer in sharing my knowledge and pass on my settings or anything that i think a Photographer beginner or professional would find helpful, I always say its never to late to learn, we learn from others simple things and more complicated things but what ever it is could just give them a better outcome on their photography journey.

I am a massive fan of Birds In Flight, it tests me to the limit in many different situations in the UK, not having great light it is a question of having my gear ready and if the sun comes out i jump in the car and head to a location. I am very lucky by having my Wildlife Hide in Yorkshire where i can sit and practice on small birds 10 Months of the year, then in winter i live 1 mile from the West Coast and have 2 big Lakes where winter birds come in. I also have the estuary close by for the Waders who visit daily when the tide goes out.

S yes i have a wide variety of locations in 12 months where i can take images of fantastic wildlife, but its time to share my settings as there must be people like the man who said he didn’t trust his Sony A7r4, well if i can take images i am over the moon with then the equipment speaks for itself. Yes there will be occasions where micro adjustments will be needed for back or front focus issues and there is always the Bad Copy of Lens.

So with that in mind i was wondering if there is anyway we can form some sort of forum on here where i can gain knowledge from other Sony A7r4 users, i get many likes from my followers and visitors to my site but never any comments or questions so if you can help me set something up where all can learn, no negative or rude remarks just helpful information between true honest photographers around the world. Please if your interested then help me by dropping me a line or email

Here is my simple equipment i shoot handheld all the time.

These are the settings for the Turnstone in flight and the Sanderlings and Oystercatcher.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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