Photographing vultures or birds in flight in general is one of the most difficult branches of the photography. Today I will get a little more specific about photographing vultures. These beautiful creatures are the clean nature and fly with their width of 2-3 metres on the thermic of the wind… How fascinating?
First of all you need to know where they are and where it is possible for you to sit or stand without being in danger. Then it is intelligent to first observe, what are they doing? How is the wind? In which direction is it going? In which way are they flying and the most important one, what is their flying pattern? If you know their flying pattern you can anticipate on which places you need to look to get that photo that is already printed in your head.
Next to that you also need to have your camera ready. That means that your settings should be correct before the vulture arrives. They fly very fast and if you still have to sort out your settings you lost your chance. I always shoot in AF-C (Continuous autofocus), high speed shooting (the most frames per second possible), a high aperture (low number, f2.8-4) and then regarding the natural light that I have I set my ISO. So basically my aperture and ISO decide my shutter speed. If my shutter speed too low I increase the ISO.