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« Reply #2550 on: September 08, 2013, 07:51:45 AM »
Eastern Yellow Robin.
Trying a slightly new technique this weekend, an on-camera fill flash, to give better light in the shadows, without overdoing it. When it works, it works well. The biggest downside is the birds are put off by the flash going off. Oh well.... :)


Nice job with the flash. It's not to much and fill the shadow. Well done.

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« Reply #2551 on: September 08, 2013, 07:59:54 AM »
Female Mallard in the morning light / 7D+ 500 f4L 1/400 f8 ISO 200

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« Reply #2552 on: September 08, 2013, 08:10:09 AM »
Eastern Yellow Robin.
Trying a slightly new technique this weekend, an on-camera fill flash, to give better light in the shadows, without overdoing it. When it works, it works well. The biggest downside is the birds are put off by the flash going off. Oh well.... :)


Nice job with the flash. It's not to much and fill the shadow. Well done.
Thanks Click. Using fill flash with birding is new for me (I've seen it done, but it often looks over cooked IMHO).

The little blighter moved his head, just as the pic was taken, so, its ever so slightly blurred (the body is tack sharp). I suspect it was pre-flash going off, before the main flash kicked in. And considering the shutter speed was 1/60th :)

I think it looks balanced, partly because the background light was more like 1/1000sec and the foreground was 1/60sec. Oh well, things to learn, things to try :)
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« Reply #2553 on: September 08, 2013, 08:13:23 AM »
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Juvenile


Just saw this one. Love the detail. Hmm, the more I see images taken with 500-600 big whites, the more I feel I can justify one, next year ;)
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« Reply #2554 on: September 08, 2013, 08:56:08 AM »
I have a 500mm f4LII and a 600 f4LII. I use de 500 f4L when I take pictures while kayaking, it's a lot easier than the bigger 600 f4. I use the 600 mm everywhere else to get more reach.

I wish you a big white for next year.  :)
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« Reply #2555 on: September 08, 2013, 03:13:17 PM »
Nice shots guys and interesting flash conversation.  I guess the fact that I tend to boost the shadows in my raw file 1 or 2 steps suggests that I should consider using a flash.  However, I wonder if there is a psychological positive for humans seeing some sunshine created shadow in a shot.  I understand, for example the generally accepted premise that portraits are best iutdoors on a slightly overcast day etc., but don't we tend to also like the effect of the sun especially in nature shots.  This may sound dumb but my excuse is I'm new to this  :)  Educate me.

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« Reply #2556 on: September 08, 2013, 04:01:33 PM »
I love real light [sunshine], but if your bird is in the shadow of a tree, you can use the fill flash to help you a little.

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« Reply #2557 on: September 08, 2013, 04:21:18 PM »
Eastern Yellow Robin.
Trying a slightly new technique this weekend, an on-camera fill flash, to give better light in the shadows, without overdoing it. When it works, it works well. The biggest downside is the birds are put off by the flash going off. Oh well.... :)


Nice job with the flash. It's not to much and fill the shadow. Well done.

+1...getting just the right amount is the key.
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« Reply #2558 on: September 08, 2013, 04:22:32 PM »
Female Mallard in the morning light / 7D+ 500 f4L 1/400 f8 ISO 200



Really beautiful shot, Click. Nice colors in the morning light. :)
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« Reply #2559 on: September 08, 2013, 04:40:08 PM »
Thank you serendipidy my fiend.  :)

You did a really good job on your BIF also.  8)

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« Reply #2560 on: September 08, 2013, 05:17:44 PM »
Gila Woodpecker in our back yard.  5Diii, 400DO + 1.4 extender, ISO 640, f6.3 @ 1/1000


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« Reply #2561 on: September 08, 2013, 05:21:39 PM »
Very nice shot Steven. Well done.

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« Reply #2562 on: September 08, 2013, 06:51:03 PM »
I love real light [sunshine], but if your bird is in the shadow of a tree, you can use the fill flash to help you a little.
That's my thinking and preference. The area I was photographing the robin is a heavily shaded, tall treed environment. In a few months, the bushes close to the ground (prickly current bush) will be laden with berries and these little birds will be in that light, which is more even and better balanced. So, in this case, I'll just go with natural light.

As the robins were around 3-4m above me, the back-lit sky was causing havoc with the metering. As it was, I had the camera over expose by 2/3 stop, and the fill flash run 1/3 stop under, so it didn't "look" like a flash image. Well, that was my logic of the camera set up.
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« Reply #2563 on: September 08, 2013, 08:10:07 PM »
After not shooting birds for almost half a year I'm glad to be back to shooting em.


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The Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis) is a species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

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« Reply #2564 on: September 08, 2013, 11:19:19 PM »
I like all the bird postings.  Partly that's because I simply love birds and birds themselves are attractive but I'm trying to perceive what makes some shots stand out above others.  Sharpness seems to be the big deal in most threads and I won't dispite it's importance but in looking a Steven's shot, I find it warm and appealing.  Why?  The framing, the sky background, the colors involved?  What typically do you guys aim for and how do you know when you've got something that is going to be well received?

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