I have been trying to shoot Swallows either at the park, or at my Dad's house and have had a hard time. Most of this has been poor choices in settings, like not realizing I was shooting with an ISO of 100. :roll:. I know my lense isn't the best for this, but I have made some progress. Yes, these are cropped pretty fiercly. I also missed some shots when they flew really close to me because the camera was processing and saving images. :meh: I shot these with the inexpensive Canon 55-250mm 4-5.6 IS lens. I started out with an aperture of 5.6 and ISO 800. The camera flashed 1/4000 which I believe meant I was beyond the shutter ability for a good exposure. So I stopped down to F/11 which brought the shutter speed to 1/2000. From those settings I got a few decent pics. The ISO 800 makes some pretty noisy pics. :meh: Would I have been better off keeping my Aperture at F/5.6 and dropping the ISO to 400? Would that have dropped my shutter speed to an acceptable level? But then I think my depth of field would become more narrow, and if my focus wasn't spot on, I could still miss the shot. But this is wrong thinking because the distance at which I was focusing (20-50ish feet) would have given me decent DoF. Is think correct thinking? Does anybody think using ISO 400 and F/5.6 I would come out with better shots? I have had fun trying to pan these buggers, they're quick and change direction on a dime.