Podcast 196 : Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

There’s no doubt, that patience is a virtue. I can be very impatient with things that I can control. But, once I decide that I “need” a piece of gear for example, as long as I can budget for it, there’s little that can stop me from buying it. I’ve...

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  • Mark Friedman
    Posted at 06:08h, 03 July Reply

    Hi Martin,

    As usual, I enjoyed your podcast and photos. There is a similar species of dove near my home that we call “morning doves” that I will now have to make an effort to photograph in a good setting.

    With regard to your focusing technique, couldn’t you accomplish the same thing by using “one-shot” instead of servo, and pressing the shutter down half-way and recomposing?


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 10:30h, 03 July Reply

    Thanks for the comment Mark. I’m pleased you enjoyed the Podcast. Please share your photos if you get something at any point. I’d be interested to see how others capture this lovely bird.

    I actually was using One Shot, not Servo. The problem is not in the focusing method, it’s more in the mechanism. As you can see in the above shots, there are blades of grass all around the bird. The chances of the focusing system locking in on them is greater than the chances of it locking in on the bird, even when using the center focus point only, because the grass is sometimes in front of the face as you try to focus. Because these guys move around so quickly, there is simply no time to fight with the camera on focus. I found that manual focusing was the only way to go here. If you shoot in similar conditions, I’m sure you’ll find the same thing, but please do report back if you have another experience.


  • tlinn
    Posted at 04:45h, 07 July Reply

    That story about your D30 purchase is just brutal, Martin. My wallet hurts just thinking about it.

    I live in a Ponderosa pine forest and, like Mark, I see morning doves all the time. It’s never even occurred to me to photograph them. I don’t think the ones near me are quite as fancy as those that you were photographing though. Then again, maybe I’m just not looking.

    When we first moved into the area, I could hear them cooing in the morning and evening and thought I was hearing owls. (What can I say? I’m a city slicker.) My brothers-in-law, both avid outdoorsmen, were amazed at the amount of owl activity I was experiencing — until they were out at my house one evening and realized I was hearing morning doves. Needless to say, I’ve yet to live that one down.

    Thanks for a great podcast!

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 22:05h, 07 July Reply

    I’m pleased you enjoyed the Podcast Tim.

    These are pretty little birds. Very underrated in my opinion.

    That’s a cool story about the owls. I actually for years thought that it was common pigeons that I was hearing singing up on our roof many morning too. Then I found out that it’s only these doves that sing that funky little song. Pigeons are quite boring by comparison.

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