Birding Video trailer, featuring the 100-400 ELMAR

Little Fish

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This is the trailer for my latest video set on YouTube. It's not super high end cinematic, nor is it your traditional wildlife storybook video of a species with amazing drone shots. And, it's not an exotic safari travel video. I'm more of a hybrid shooter and this video is about the migrating birds, and documenting their visit in 2021. Birding is a huge deal in the Americas and other parts of the globe. Getting 4K video captures of them can help others with Bird ID, and could help others seeking data for tracking migration patterns, as well as population increase or decline.

Anyway, some of the camera specs and settings used.
Shot with Lumix G9 & 100-400mm. Shot on 4 days during the first week of May 2021 at Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Nevada. Yes, the Mojave desert has a lot of birds. Shot during the early morning light for better video dynamics and color. Temps high 50s to 70s. Winds varied, some days windy, other days calm mornings, with increased wind, low humidity in the 20s.

For these video clips I used a lot of 2X digital zoom and EX-TeleConverter in camera feature (not the real TC). Also used 3 Custom modes and the video mode to switch exposures and punch in video on the fly, as well as shoot BIF. Some birds allow only a few seconds to cap video and photo. Also, a tripod was used, Seems the Dual IS2 is best kept ON while using a tripod. Especially shooting at 100-400mm using 2X digital Zoom, and panning the camera for all ranges 100-400mm without digital zoom. The key here is be quick to set up composition and get the shot: that's where the 4 totally different exposure modes comes in handy (HS4K for video mode, C1 Aperture mode for fast shutter and photos and low light video (or fast birds). C2 Program video mode using Ex.TeleConverter, and C3 Program video mode using 2X Digital Zoom). Some slow-mo was shot with MOV VFR 50%, and some slo-mo shot in High Speed 4K 60p. Regular speed 4K shot at 4K/30. Cinelike-D was used as was manual focusing. And Animal Detect AF for fast moving birds. Dual IS2 was used with Digital Stabilization for 75% of the shots.


To see the entire video series on YouTube, click on the SHOREBIRDS video thumbnail at the end of this trailer. And you can click the forward button to scroll through the entire set of birding videos for this series.
 
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