saea501 wrote in post #18578205
Changing focus points as an animal moves? Seriously? Unless you're shooting elephants milling around a watering hole, you wouldn't possibly have time to track a moving animal and try to keep up with it while moving focus points around. I can imagine trying to do that with birds in flight.
There are many times that the animals and birds are "milling about", as you say. . In fact, most of the times I am shooting wildlife or birds they are doing just that.
In these situations, every time a subject turns its head, there is a need to re-focus, using a different focus point.
If a duck is standing there on the ice, with its head looking toward my left, then I need to use a focus point on the right side of the frame, so that it has a lot more space out in front of its head than it does behind its head. . Then as soon as the duck turns his head and looks over to my right, I have to rapidly change the selected focus point to one on the left side of the frame. . Every time an animal turns its head and looks in a different direction, there is a need to quickly change the focus point, so that the composition is placing the animal on the 'correct' side of the frame.
The same is true when animals are gamboling, or walking to and fro as they feed or interact with others.
You also mention birds in flight. . Yes, the focus points must be changed while they are flying.
This time of year I shoot a lot at a heron & cormorant rookery. . The herons and cormorants are continually flying to the rookery and away from the rookery, to and from all different directions. . When a heron in flight appears, off in the distance, and is approaching the rookery to land in the treetops, I need to change the focus point based on the direction that it is coming from, so as to position the bird in the frame so that it has more room (sky) out in front of it than it does behind it. . They come in to the rookery from all different directions, so I don't know what focus point I should use until I actually see the next approaching bird in flight, and then I select the point while it is in the air.
Continually changing focus points for moving animals and flying birds is really a pretty simple process; I'm not sure why you seemed to think I wasn't being serious. . I certainly don't want to be one of "those" photographers who always has the animal in the center of the frame ...... so of course I'm going to move the focus points around in unison with the animals' movements.
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