Birds dislike flash photography. Proof inside...

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  1. robertwsimpson

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    Just for giggles, I popped the flash on for a few shots. These actually came out nicely, I think. Shooting into the sun...

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    ANGRY!:
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    "We are NOT amused!" :D
    Nice.
     
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    I've got 2 cactus v4s on the way... I might have to get there REALLY early and set up some lighting... it could create some cool stuff with the sunrise behind it...
     
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    Neat series and yes it does seem like you woke some poor chap up!

    And a remote lighting setup - would love to see some results from that! I guess the trick is knowing where the birds will be appearig, but yes a great chance for some backlit shots that are not silouetts.
     
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    Well, luckily for the frequent visitors to the little preserve, the birds are usually in the same spots... a lot of which are east facing from the boardwalk. There are 2 or 3 spots that will definitely yield results. I've never used off camera flashes, so the only variable will be my lack of experience.
     
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    Hmm with the cactus can you adjust the settings from your camera for each flash or just triggor them? If its the former I suspect you will need a few dummy shots really early into the setup and then balace your output based on the results since I don't think cactus will support auto flash shooting (thus far I think only the new pocketwizards support this).
     
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    yes, I am sure that I will have to run the flashes on manual. I wouldn't have them more than 10 or so feet away from me really, so I think I would be ok.
     
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    Carefull ...she might bite ! :) There ok ....dosen't seem the sun efected your shots
     
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    Great series (albeit a tad overexposed on head on the second image IMHO). Really does looked ticked off at you.

    I love GBH's.
     
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    I'm still working on getting the hang of correct exposure on my 50d. As far as I can tell, I have to have some flashies on the screen, or when I get back, the whole thing will be horribly underexposed, and when I pump it up to proper exposure, super noisy. I just have to figure out how many flashies to go for. Birding is the most challenging for me!
     
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    Wow, ain't that the truth! If its not exposure issues, then its issues with the d*** things not keeping still long enough! I understand why the pros use those very long lenses so they can have some fiddle-room. I find myself often getting only one chance to get it right (and usually fail miserably).
     
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    This trip made me pretty desperate for a 70-200 f/2.8 IS and a 1.6x teleconverter. time to start working on the wife...
     

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