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Old Feb 18, 2006, 12:20 AM   #1
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I took these pictures late in the afternoon on a cloudy day with the 580 flash.

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 6:56 AM   #5
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Great photos It is amazing how far the 580 will reach I use it for action and sporting events. Your photos are sharp and clear. It allows other "shooting" opportunities in less than ideal lighting conditions.

Keep up the great work!

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 7:56 AM   #6
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I agree, excellent shots and lighting. How far were you from the Golden crown Kinglets. These are very active birds and very hard to get the sharp shots you've produced here.

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 8:26 AM   #7
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very good, Ive never used flash with birds, worried I might scare them off even more than normal.
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 8:30 AM   #8
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Thanks for the compliments.

Kent- I would guess the Kinglets were 10 - 12 feet away. I find if you're patient you can sneak up on them. They were feeding close to the ground on the lower branches. I agree they are quick! Also being very small doesn't help.

I'm still not really pleased with my flash shots. I put the camera on manual at 1/100 of a second and they still come out quite dark. I was able to lighten them up before converting from RAW and was surprised it didn't blow out the rest of the colours.

I would appreciate any tips on flash and camera settings. I'm using the Canon 580 Speedlight on the Rebel XT with the Canon 300 mm lens with a 1.4 extender.

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killdeer0007 wrote:
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Thanks for the compliments.

I'm still not really pleased with my flash shots. I put the camera on manual at 1/100 of a second and they still come out quite dark. I was able to lighten them up before converting from RAW and was surprised it didn't blow out the rest of the colours.

I would appreciate any tips on flash and camera settings. I'm using the Canon 580 Speedlight on the Rebel XT with the Canon 300 mm lens with a 1.4 extender.

Thanks

//jim


Jim first thing, are you using Better Beamer? Without tha your flash is not going to put enough power to light your subjects. I shoot in Av mode and use flash as fill. This won't help in situations where you want flash to be the main subject. But if light is that low, I don't shoot at all. I do use Better Beamer ($40) and with that you have to put flash compensation of anywhere fom -1 to -2 depending on your subject and distance (look at histogram and adjust). The BB makes a big difference. Also your batteries will last longer. If you dobuy it, follow the instructions that came with it and don't point it at sun.

BTW - Very nice last shot.

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Thanks Bobby

I'm looking at ordering a Better Beamer today. It's quite frustrating taking pictures in the forest but I know it can be done. Just a little more practice.

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