Those of you who are long time regulars may remember me showing up on CR not quite 2 years ago after purchasing my 6D. I had shot one year with a Nikon D5100 and was really getting the bug. I felt insanely uneasy having just spent $7k on the 300 2.8 II.
Uneasiness is long gone and I don't have any regrets on my purchases for sure and am enjoying learning.
Yesterday, I decided to buy a 600 EX- RT but I haven't used flash for 20 years. I liked the idea of fill flash for wildlife and some of you have previously advised me in that direction. So, now I need to come up to speed and am reading and experimenting.
Being late November here in Alberta it gets pretty dark around 4 PM and to boot it's been cloudy. The result is that often I get shots from my observatory on the barn with natural light, at ISO 12800, which I don't really like. It's just occurring to me that to have fill flash you have to have good natural light in the first place.
Anyway, that's the background and here are shots at sundown, 6D 70-200 F2.8 II X1.4 (HSS) that I'd appreciate feedback on. Would these be considered acceptable or is the flash creating too much artificiality and if so any suggestions to correct that. I might be able to rig up some kind of reflector for bounce but being outdoors it's not that easy, not to mention winter winds and snow. Plain honest commentary is fine!