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what did i do wrong

keith1955

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Taken with canon 90d and 100-400 , f5.6 1/640 shutter iso 200 shrunk to 1200x800 using canons software so I could upload it.
As you can see it is blurred which was a surprise as i had camera on 10 shots per second.
I have taken similar shots with a bushnel camera trap that managed to get "wings open shots " so I don't know what I did wrong with my canon gear.
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Keith- first you are going to have to get that shutter speed up. Say- 1/1200. May need to up the ISO as well. 10 shots per second will only give you a better chance of getting the shot, not necessarily detail or everything in focus.
It appears the house is in focus, but not the bird-
 

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shrunk to 1200x800 using canons software so I could upload it
The forum limit is 1024 pixels on the longest edge, not 1200.

If you look closely, the feet are completely in focus because they're in the same plane as the birdhouse. You're camera focused on the wall rather than the bird's head.
 

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Keith I would have said set the aperture to f8 or f11, focus on the bird box then back off the focus a fraction then you have a better chance of getting the bird right. Dont forget its coming towards you, have the other settings as Marc says.
 

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Are you using centre point focus, if so as you can see from the image below it's focusing on the bird box in the middle of the screen.
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Crank that shutterspeed up, 1/640 is way to slow. As Marc suggested, start at 1/1200, you might even have to go as high as 1/2000. Use a smaller aperture (start around f/8) to maximize your depth of field. Try to use one of the zone focusing modes instead of single point. Another trick in regards to focusing, if you where about where the bird will be, try to prefocus on the spot and then switch to manual (or use Back Button Focus). That way the camera won't try to autofocus before taking the shot.
 

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Keith, what was the focal length of the shot ? And approx distance to the bird ?
 

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rebel106 yes I did focus on the birdbox but I did not have a choice because by the time I would have seen the bird it would been long gone.
To balami i dont know what the focal length was but i as about 3 metres away
 

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I agree with the others your shutter speed was way to slow I would have used a higher shutter speed more like 1/1200 or higher and upped your iso slightly to compensate for the higher shutter. Also if you are using Autofocus I would use multi-point tracking rather than single point focus. Otherwise play with manual focus and continuous shutter release. You will get a lot of not quite what you want images with manual Focus and maybe one image that is what you want. Play with both those focusing options to see what works for you.
 
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