Jonathan Smithies
Wildlife Photography

Swallow in bloom

Songbirds

What caught my attention at first was the potential for a really nice shot featuring creative use of foreground and background to create a bokeh with the green and pink colours around the bird. The challenge with this approach is handling the autofocus, the trick is pre-focus — I manually focused on the bird through the gap in the branches and then use back button autofocus to grab focus on the subject before pressing on the shutter.

Location
Dalyan, Turkey

Settings
Shutter speed 1/1600
Aperture f/4
ISO 800
Focal length 500mm

Lens
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

Camera
Canon 1DX III