Night time shooting - wildlife specific

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  1. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Ok I would be gratefull for any advice and experiences people have had with this, since I recently got a quick chance to try this out and did make a little bit of a mess of it first time around - I have worked out where some of my mistakes have been, but would like to know more!

    Here are my early first attempts:

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    f2.8, ISO 100, 1/8sec, flash used, manual mode.
    link to larger: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3535/3229402197_4f7985f592_o.jpg

    Well I used a wide aperture due to the darkness. A friend was holding the flashlight which I originally thought would provide enough light to help get a good exposure - however it was clear even from a review on the back of the camera that it was not helping much with the shot. I also should add that I was unable to get my flash unit auto focusing assist beam for dark shooting to work.

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    f2.8, ISO 100, 1/4sec, flash fired, manual mode.
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    f2.8, ISO 100, 1/4sec, flash fired, manual mode.
    link to larger: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3096/3229403253_3b8bc023f1_o.jpg

    These next two shots I took with the flashlight off - using the flash auto adjustment feature to fire the flash (manually) once before for the flash to detect the needed amount for a good exposure and then pressed the shutter button to take the shot and thus also fire the flash at those settings.
    This has worked well - far better than I thought - and the results are good. I could have spent far longer shooting the little guy, but after being spotted by the husky on a walk (which alerted me to his presence) and then being flashed by not only a torch, but 2 flashes (my friend with a bridge camera - and working AF assist beam ;)) I thought that by now he had had enough so we left him in peace.

    Any comments, crits and advice welcome - thanks :)
     
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  2. Bifurcator

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    I think they're great. No "mistakes" of any great significance. You just need to convince the little bugger to pose for you. :D They're all pretty centered. In this particular case without emotional or storytelling poses I guess someone could call that a mistake... but it's probably only obvious because your subject wasn't cooperating.

    I found one way (with some animals) it get an interesting reaction is to do a super faint through-the-teeth whistling sound. The kind that drive dogs nuts with the perked ears and the searching for the source of the sound. I dunno about that little guy but many animals will stop dead, raise their head and look around long enough (usually) to get a shot or two.
     
  3. Overread

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    Thanks for the tip :)
    This was a first attempt so I was a little more interested in just getting a good expsure and sharpness on him than focusing on his details - I could have stayed longer for a better pose, but I thought that I had flashed him enough.
     
  4. Markw

    Markw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ahh, hedgehogs! I love the little buggars. Great series.

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