Continuous Burst Mode
I use my S100fs all the time and try to make use of it's many functions.
The continuous burst mode has become one of my favourite settings. The old faithfull S7000has the same function and gives good quality images too. Have you checked to see if your model has it?
During the last 12 months I've been experimenting by taking sets of burst photos of action, any kind of action really, from wildlife to family photos.
With the help of Photoshop I've been manually stitching the images together.
To do this I simply layer one photo on top of another, position as necessary and use the eraser tool to remove unwanted elements. When I'm finally happy with the result I flatten the layers to make a single image.
This is one of my very first attempts using the S7000:-
Yes, she missed the ball!
At the time I was happy with the result but now I find the background annoying as it has a repeating pattern, but it was my first attempt at stitching images together.
Having worked the continuous burst mode I was keen to try it out again, this time with wildlife using the S100fs.
This image had the background photo and 3 layers to give four snapshots of the Tern in flight. I needed to cut out each bird - and found it rather tricky to do using the Lasso tool in Photoshop. It took time and patience!
I started to get ambitious. The next image involved many layers and even more patience. The zoom of the S100fs was brilliant.
I saw these lads and asked if I could take their photos, they were very happy to give permission. That allowed me to relax and wait for a good sequence of images.
This photo has the background and five layers. I started to use the Opacity function in Photoshop which allows accurate placing of one image over another. It also allows fine use of the eraser to remove unwanted pixels.
To expand on the use of the continuous burst mode I was a little more experimental in capturing rotational motion.
I set up my S7000 to continuous burst and asked my assistant for help (son-in-law).
With Photoshop I manually stitched three frames together to achieve this action image.
It's one of my all time favourites photos, it reminds me of the sheer delight we had together.
"More Grandma, more!"
So whenever I go out and see some potential action, I instinctively know which buttons to press on the camera to set it up. This knowledge came in very handy when I was out walking along the riverbank.
I was entranced to see the Heron stalk his prey. He was standing patiently on the bank of the river until his fleet beak snatched the small fish.
Along with the fish came a beakfull of long, slippery river weed. The Heron managed to gulp the fish and drop the weed while beating his wings and launching into the air. Marvelous. The s100fs allowed very effective zoom.
The very latest image is one I am very pleased with.
I've been hoping to get action photos of the Red Kites that live locally, finally I had my chance.
I was able to get a good sequence of images as a Kite took off from a nearby pear tree, using the zoom of the S100fs. The images were quite good but the sky was awful. It was the grey, snow laden clouds that are so dull and drab. so for this image I selected one of my other photos to use for the background, then layered over the other bird photos, here it is..........................
So that's how the continuous burst mode can help you achieve some pleasing images.
I hope this inspires you to have a go.
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