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Old Jul 4, 2003, 10:05 AM   #1
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or in this case the food. Just got this a few minutes ago while playing with the fill flash. Used DTTL Matrix mode with -.3 flash comp. Going back out now to try and get a shot of the immature Bluejay that has been stopping by.

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Old Jul 4, 2003, 12:40 PM   #2
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Wow,
Amazing shot.

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Old Jul 4, 2003, 2:05 PM   #3
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This is a true close-up shot Kevin. You must be proud! It's execellent.
(Is that a dust spot on the right side of the bird ? Certainly looks like it!).
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Old Jul 4, 2003, 7:45 PM   #4
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What do you use for a fill flash? The lighting on that bird is very even... heck, it usually is on your pics! It doesn't seem artificially lit, yet the lighting is very even. Well done.

And I have to ask... did you edit in that catch light in his eye? It looks so white it almost seems fake. But I don't have the experience to say either way.

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What can I say, that's an incredible close-up. The eye makes the shot.
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Old Jul 4, 2003, 9:20 PM   #6
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Thanks gang and Happy 4th!!

Eric, I used a Nikon SB28DX for the fill flash. It's mounted off-camera on a Wimberley flash bracket. I didn't edit the catch light but I think the reason it looks the way it does is because I was very close to the subject and the flash was situated almost level with it's eye.


Klaus, it sure looks like a dirt speck! Do you mean the dark spot on his throat?
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Old Jul 4, 2003, 11:44 PM   #7
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That isn't a very powerful flash. Do you find it fits your needs for shooting beyond the (relatively) controlled environment of your backyard? Clearly if you can regularly get this close to the bluejays in the backyard, then you don't need a very big flash.

The flash bracket & the closeness is probably what was tricking me. The location of the catch light seemed higher than I would have expected.

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Kevin.
I mean the black (dustspot) in the green area. It was just a thought. I have this problem now and then myself - dust on the CCD.

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Klaus, now I see it. I'm going to have to make you my editor

Eric, so far I haven't had a problem using that flash. When I'm out in the field a Better Beamer is added, that gives quite a boost to whatever it's attached to
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Thanks for the info. Maybe I can get away with a lesser power flash, as I was already considering a better beamer (not that I have the flash knowledge to use it, but I will learn....)

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