Back from Christmas break in Norway and ready to get stuck into photography again.

First few days back in London and the weather is grey and dark. Not much light at all.
This makes photographing birds in flight challenging.
Shutter speeds above 1/000s are required and 1/2000-4000s are preferred.
With only about 11 EV of available light it forces the iso up towards 6400.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is decent in lowlight, but not record breaking and the details take a hit above 1600 or so.

For these images the conditions where mixed.
Day 1 was grey and overcast and the iso was around 2000-3000 – many shots that day were around 6400.

Day 2 was sunny and iso was around 400.
I could also increase the shutter speed to 1/2500s which helps a lot.

These shots where taken with me standing on the bank of the lake and the herons being about 90 meters out on a little island in the lake.
Many of the images are cropped in by around 50%.

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I used the Fujinon XF100-400/f4.5-5.6 without the teleconvertor.
There wasn’t enough light to loose another stop with the TC and I find that the AF gets a bit patchy when using the TC.

As far as camera settings go I am experimenting.
The X-T3 have a lot of options and you can taylor the AF to suit.

At the moment I am using the following:

  • Continous High at 8FPS
  • Image stabelizer OFF (for birds in flight)
  • Shutter speed of 1/1600s or faster
  • EF E-Front Curtain Shutter (supposed to be better up to 1/2000s)
  • AF-C mode
  • Zone AF with 3×3 grid
  • AF-C custom mode 6
  • Tracking sensitivity 2
  • Speed tracking sensitivity 2
  • Zone area switching Center

Most of time I have the camera on my Gitzo tripod and gimbal head – details here.

The keeper rate is good for the most part.
I feel that when focus is aquired it keeps the lock very well.
There are times however when it fails to aquire lock and fails completely.
I will play with the settings further and see where it leads.

As I don’t have a lot of BIF experience any problems are most likely down to me.

Here are some of the images from these days.



Full size images here:




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