How to capture a peregrine in flight – pump up the ISO

Peregrines, up close

I’ve been frustrated lately with the number of shots that come out sharp. I had been using ISO 400 to keep the detail in the photos of the peregrines, but today I decided to double it to 800.  This allows me to shoot at 1/4000 sec instead of 1/2000.  It seems to have helped.  I still have to deal with some air turbulence, but I can pretty much guarantee that there is no camera shake involved in the image. I have turned on luminance noise reduction at this ISO setting, but I think the results are still very good. I’m using Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Camera Raw to process these images.

Let me know what you think.

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Peregrines, up closePeregrines, up close

You can find the complete series of Dapper Dan and Diamond Lil perched and in flight at diary page 5-1-2012 at raptor-gallery dot com

4 thoughts on “How to capture a peregrine in flight – pump up the ISO

  1. Pingback: Peregrine falcons back in Friesland | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. I think all of your bird photos are awesome! I’m constantly trying to take pictures of kites, hawks & whatever other bird of prey I see. But I’m an amateur photographer & haven’t yet learned much about my camera settings. I have a Nikon DX 55-200mm. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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