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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:29 AM   #1
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I thought I'd posted this once. Anyway, If your not familiar with these they are tiny and normally pretty elusive. today for some reason they were feeding low down and I managed to get a couple of shots using a flash..
Any tips on using flash with birds to get a more "natural look" instead of the white eye. Can you get ok results with on board flash or does a filter or diffuser help..?
Anyway I got one shot with the on board flash at 100mm
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 7:07 PM   #2
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Hi Alex: I always enjoy your bird shots. I was just looking at your latest series on Flickr, good captures.

As for your question about flash, I don't usually shoot such small birds, so not sure if my advice means anything.

I usually shoot much larger birds; but when I'm using the E-520 with flash for bird shots, I always dial the flash back to either 1/4th or 1/16th power. For the type of birds I'm shooting, that usually works much better than the regular auto flash.
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Hi Alex,

This link is probably not exactly what you're looking for, but, it does explain in detail a flash set up using wireless triggers to shoot birds. I've just recently received a wireless flash trigger to photograph birds at a feeding station close by the house. I've not had much success using an external flash (FL36) for fill flash purposes when shooting birds, out in the field, as I haven't been able to get close enough for the flash to be effective.

http://www.ontfin.com/Word/phototrap/

By the way, this article was posted by another member of the forum not too long ago. I just can't remember who it was- senility setting in.

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Hi Alex,

This link is probably not exactly what you're looking for, but, it does explain in detail a flash set up using wireless triggers to shoot birds. I've just recently received a wireless flash trigger to photograph birds at a feeding station close by the house. I've not had much success using an external flash (FL36) for fill flash purposes when shooting birds, out in the field, as I haven't been able to get close enough for the flash to be effective.

http://www.ontfin.com/Word/phototrap/

By the way, this article was posted by another member of the forum not too long ago. I just can't remember who it was- senility setting in.

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Sounds like you might be able to use a flash extender, Zig. They're pretty easy to make or you can buy one ready-made. I made one a while back but misplaced it. I'll run across it again after I complete making another one heheh.
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