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Old Jun 15, 2010, 2:05 AM   #1
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Found a new visitor in the garden, and I guess its not a new one.

Last saturday I noticed something small and gray moving in the back of the garden.
It didn't fly away but was extremely fast and to small to see what it was.
So I went in to get my camera, a tripod and 300mm of lens.

In the viewfinder it was easy to see that it was a small mouse getting it's fill from where we feed our birds.
(and as long as it stays there - out of the house I don't mind )

I really tried to get a descent shot, but the low light - distance - high iso - the speed that it moved with - didn't help.

This is the only one that was almost good. (100% crop)

f4 - 1/180sec - iso560

I didn't notice the 1/180sec before looking at the shots but still I would love to have some extra light there, to get a lower iso and smaller apperture.

So I tried setting up two flashes around the area, didn't expect the mouse to show itself again but wanted to test this for next time.

After some tests a couple of blackbirds got into a quarrel, and I could use them as my first test subjects.

f8 - 1/180sec - iso400


I've resized them and placed them in a wider view of the setup I was testing.



I'm not there yet - but it looks promising.

And idea's on how to make this setup better are more than welcome.

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Brilliant!

Never would have thought of setting up remote flashes like that to take photo's in the garden. I know people do it with an infrared trigger on the camera to fire whenever something gets close, but I like this idea better.
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 3:52 AM   #3
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I love the set-up. And I think that 1st shot is really nice.

As for ideas . . .

I see Flash Extenders mentioned every now and then . . .

http://www.naturescapes.net/store/be...ash-extenders/

At 300mm, it may be a consideration.

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Brilliant!

Never would have thought of setting up remote flashes like that to take photo's in the garden. I know people do it with an infrared trigger on the camera to fire whenever something gets close, but I like this idea better.
Thanks Ash, will keep you posted if anything good ever comes out of these tests.
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I love the set-up. And I think that 1st shot is really nice.

As for ideas . . .

I see Flash Extenders mentioned every now and then . . .

http://www.naturescapes.net/store/be...ash-extenders/

At 300mm, it may be a consideration.
Thanks ,

I've got such a flash extender, a metal contraption you add to you flash with a fresnel lens in front that bundles the light.

The good part of it is that it works, the bad part is that you get a real hard shadow if your subject is in front of something, and the reflection in the eyes is just ugly.

So I rarely use it.
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That is true.

How about a combination of the two?

Use the flash on your camera w/wo extender (with flash turned down) so that you get some on-axis lighting, and still have the external flash guns set to light up the background so you don't get the harsh shadow?

The best of both worlds.

Nicely lit environment and some frontal lighting?

Just a thought.
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That is true.

How about a combination of the two?

Use the flash on your camera w/wo extender (with flash turned down) so that you get some on-axis lighting, and still have the external flash guns set to light up the background so you don't get the harsh shadow?

The best of both worlds.

Nicely lit environment and some frontal lighting?

Just a thought.
Hadn't thought of that one, thanks I'll try and let you know
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I think those flashes have great potential Ronny - not least that you can extend your hobby into the night

I actually love that shot of the Blackbirds (though one looks like a Thrush).
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Ronny, congratulations on your ingenuity with the flash arrangement. I've wondered about doing something very similar to enable better freezing of motion and eliminating a shadow problem I have near my feeders.

Are you firing the remote flashes with a wireless trigger or slaved to camera/camera mounted flash, firing optically? Using optical slaves might give you the combo that glen was suggesting.

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Very innovative Idea Ronny!
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