Snow Goose Take Off

May 14, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

This past winter was the first time I got to play around with Nikon's "pre release capture" feature on the Z8 and Z9. I have to say it works amazingly well.

What does it do?

Let's say you want to take a picture of a bird taking off, or a critter lifting its head up, or some other action that typically happens in the fraction of a second.  In the past, this meant keeping your finger on the shutter release button and directing all your attention to the critter.  When you think something was going to happen, you'd press down on the button and start taking pictures at high frame rate.  What you ended up with were hundreds or thousands of images of nothing happening, or more often than not, missing the defining moment because you weren't paying attention ...

No more! The Pre Release Capture on the Nikon Z8 and Z9 cameras allow you to press down the shutter button halfway, and after the action happens, like the bird taking off, pressing down the shutter release all the way.  This makes the camera magically go back in time and save all the images of the bird take off to your memory card!

Here's a Snow Goose that had been sitting in the water for a looong time, while I was waiting for take off pictures.  I used the pre capture on my Z8 and, after the bird finally took off, pressed down on the shutter and got the entire take off sequence.

For more information on where to photograph thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes along New Mexico's Rio Grande in winter, check out my recent article published by PetaPixel: Bird Photography in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley.

You can find it by clicking here.

 

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