Egret Taking Flight at 60 FPS

I must admit that I have become increasingly intrigued with trying to photograph birds in flight at 60 frames per second. This fast frame rate setting isn’t something that I would use all the time, but I think it is something that I may use more frequently as I get more practice with it. For situations where I want a ‘specific moment capture’ this frame rate will come in handy. This short article shares the first 10 frames from an image run of an egret taking flight at 60 FPS.┬áThe 10 consecutive images that follow were captured in 1/6th of a second.

The photographs were captured with a Nikon 1 V3 and a 1 Nikon CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens. I shot in Manual mode using Auto-ISO 160-6400 with a shutter speed of 1/1600 which resulted in an ISO setting of ISO-400. A focal length of 300 mm (efov 810 mm) was used. As noted in a previous article, when shooting with a Nikon 1 camera at this fast frame rate, the first frame sets focus for the balance of the run.

Frame 1
Frame 2
Frame 3
Frame 4
Frame 5
Frame 6
Frame 7
Frame 8
Frame 9
Frame 10

No doubt, shooting at 60 frames per second will create a lot of discarded images. In my mind, having to potentially discard 37 images from a 40 image run in order to get images 6, 7 and 8 illustrated above, is a small price to pay.

If your camera provides a fast frame rate option, even if it is not in full continuous auto-focus, it is worth experimenting with it to see what your camera can produce.

Technical Note:
All photographs were captured hand-held in available light using Nikon 1 gear as noted in the article. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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