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Old Jul 26, 2010, 6:45 AM   #1
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Default Close ups thru glass using flash

This weekend I went to a Butterfly Garden and they also had a nice collection of Reptiles.

Off course they where behind glass, so i tried getting some shots, knowing that reflections are the biggest problem.

I used my macro rig (two diffused flashes on an o bracket pressed against the glass to start with),
and my kiron105mm as close to the glass as possible.

Most shots where between 1:1.5 – 1:4 macro. (rather close).

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Then the small geckos started crawling over the glass, and to get these shots I couldn’t press the flash nor the lens to the glass.

Surprisingly enough the reflections didn’t appear.

Having the flashes coming in at an angle that doesn’t reflect towards the lens also gives enough light to remove the ambient light reflections.

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Up till now I never even tried to take a picture thru glass with a flash but I was wrong.

If you can get your flash at a good angle it gives great possibilities.

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Old Jul 26, 2010, 8:11 AM   #2
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Astonishing Ronny ! I have to get me one of those rigs !!

#3 is superb, great composition and colour.
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WOW! I would not have thought it possible to get shots like these through glass with a flash. Lesson learned! Great captures, Ronny!
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I agree fully.....I never thought such shots with a flash through glass would be possible. Outstanding, ronny. ...a creative solution to a problem we all face.

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Astonishing Ronny ! I have to get me one of those rigs !!

#3 is superb, great composition and colour.
Thanks FF, I'm still happy with the stuff I bought
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WOW! I would not have thought it possible to get shots like these through glass with a flash. Lesson learned! Great captures, Ronny!
Thanks gjtoth

I had the same idea when I tried them, now I'm thinking of trying the same method with insects, especially those that fly and sting. Only need to find a small fish tank.

I'll post the results.
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I agree fully.....I never thought such shots with a flash through glass would be possible. Outstanding, ronny. ...a creative solution to a problem we all face.

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Thanks Paul
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Ronny, you never cease to amaze me with your macros.

Another dazzling set. I can't wait to see your experiments with a fish tank.

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Wonderful diverse shots of the lizards - great detail & color, really fine poses. Also amazed at lack of reflections on the gladd - great job!
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Very interesting! I think you could do something similar with fish aquariums, as long as the occupants weren't sensitive to light.
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