Spec-flippin'-tacular! I just love these shots . . . the dog stretching for the disk . . . the open mouth . . . if you were a lawyer making a case for "the decisive moment," you could turn to the jury and say: "The defense calls no further witnesses."
I don't know about the rest of the denizens here at MU-43, but I would be well pleased to have gotten even one of those shots, let along a whole series of them.
Now, how did you do it? What were your basic settings? I presume you were using some sort of continuous exposure mode . . .
Did you zone focus?
Did you use the autofocus? If so, did you use a single AF spot (what size?) or several of them? And what, exactly, were you focusing on . . . the dog, the disk, the person????
OMG I never thought my photo thread would be on the first page of this forum, I neverer thought I would get so many positive responses. Thank you all and I appreciate that!
To naswer the questions, pretty most of the camera settings were defaults.
At the event beginning I was trying preshutter mode which I was very excited about when buying the camera and moving to M43 system earlier this year. Unfortunately very quickly have I realized that if I keep shooting this way I will full 128GB card in an hour or so! So I gave up on that and switched to 9 fps electronic shutter. That was two days long event and I was not going to be done that quickly...
For the photos where I wanted to have a dog jumping over an obstacle I was prefocusing using AFS and Custom Multi AF. After careful framing joystick enabled me to move the focus area to the obstacle so that with the shutter pressed half way I could just wait for the upcoming (uprunning???) dog. Very fast shutter speeds were needed and that also explains increased ISO. By the way feel free to see EXIFs, all the details are still there.
For the photographs of the persons and flying dogs I was using AFC still with the same Custom Multi AF. Most time AF area was more or less in the frame center so that I could easily center and focus on the person and wait for the dog to appear in the frame. AF area size was the default with some occasional and minor modifications to a larger or smaller group. But I did not notice that tiny size changes matter much for that event. I was also doing some experiments with full 225 points AF area and face detection but both were significantly worse for that event: for 225 points the camera used to focus to easily on wrong subject while face/person detection was a bit to slow to grab initial foucs.
For the AF Custom settings I was initially using the basic Set 1 to move to Set 3 (random directions) later. But to be frank something must be wrong with me because I do not feel there was a big difference between sets 1 and 3. Or maybe it was just the event type that when you zoom in it is so unpredictable that most of the settings do not matter much?
The biggest problem for me was to follow the dog while keeping it in the frame. The beasts are so fast and so unpredictable that getting satisfactory composed image without cropping was almost impossible. I need more practice.
The biggest mistake I made was shooting when neither dog nor person were looking towards me and camera. This vastly reduced number of photos that I consider keepers. Looks like I was too excited to think reasonably
The only camera drawback was that G9 was focusing on the background ocasionally which spoiled some of the snapshots. This matches what BIF shooters say. However in general I am very pleased with the AF speed of the G9 paired with 100-300ii, which from what I see on the web is not really considered as the fastest focusing lens. For me AF speed is very very very ok.
Hello melanieylang. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, this was a fun event for me. This year I took small folding camping chair so that I could easiliy watch the beasts for a couple hours with no pain in the back as the last year haha
The photos were taken with Panasonic G9. I shoot RAW only. With exception of a few photos where I had to play with white balance to even the colours between consecutive photos, there were no other color related changes. If I remember correctly these are mostly default camera settings. One thing to note is that I was using Capture One v11 to process the pictures, and my processing usually includes setting white and black points. And mostly sunny weather in the green park was also supportive for getting the nice colors.