Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Shooting slow motion video with the Panasonic GH4

One of the really nice features on the Panasonic GH4 is Variable Frame Rate. This is available on MP4 mode in 100mbs and offers shooting between 2fps and 96fps when the Variable Frame Rate is enabled. I have been shooting at 96fps, which offers one quarter speed slow motion and lends to some very nice video and the chance to slow things down dramatically. Here are a few examples of test video slow motion HD footage taken in the past few trips...

Goldeneye chick diving in slo mo...

Adult female Goldeneye in slo mo

Adult male Gadwall feeding in slo mo..

Adult male Slavonian Grebe preening in slo mo

Bathing Lapwing in slo mo..

Distant Common Swifts hawking insects in slo mo..

As always, click on 1080hp in order to view best quality video. Apart from the pleasing artistic and aesthetic qualities of the videos in slow motion, the ability to shoot fast moving subjects in flight, such as the Swifts, shows the usefulness with regard to obtaining record footage.


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