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Old Mar 13, 2006, 2:56 PM   #1
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Help my first 3 pics with my new D50 were deer in my back yard. they all had white eyes, early morning, no flash. What did I do wrong? thanks

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2006/03/11 07:11:20.8
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 G
Focal Length: 105mm
Digital Vari-Program: Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/60 sec - F/4.2
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
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Old Mar 13, 2006, 3:23 PM   #2
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I would imagine the sun was at your back, although not much of one judging from the shadows. Animals have many more Rods than Cones in their eye which make them much more reflective to light than a humans eye. (also making them better able to see in the night of course) You could have moved, but then so would the deer


Perhaps have a friend standing some feet to your right or left to draw their attention slightly so thier eyeballs are fixed on him and not you, and not reflecting light back your way.
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Old Mar 13, 2006, 4:25 PM   #3
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Tigger would know, I'm sure he's stalked a deer or two as Tigger. :-)

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Actually I agree with Tigger's assesment and advice. Keep posting, you'll learn tons here.

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Old Mar 13, 2006, 9:16 PM   #4
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Since I have never seen this effect without flash, I decided to see if there was Exif posted with the picture. Indeed there is, and there is a copy:



Make: NIKON CORPORATION

Model: NIKON D50

Date modified: Sunday, March 12, 2006 12:05:15 PM

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Date taken: Saturday, March 11, 2006 7:11:20 AM

Date digitized: Saturday, March 11, 2006 7:11:20 AM

Exposure time [s]: 1/60

Exposure program: unknown (0)

Exposure bias [EV]: 0.0

F-Number: F4.2

Focal length [mm]: 105

Max. aperture: F4.1

Flash: Fired, auto mode, return light detected

Metering mode: Multi-segment

Now pull the other one, it's a little shorter.

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Old Mar 14, 2006, 2:23 AM   #5
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Deer have the type of eyes which will reflect almost any flash, even tho you may not have thot it significant because of how far away they are or even off to the side. You can tell right away, if you've shot many deer shots, what you're seeing is reflected flash. I have never been able to get a shot with deer from any angle using a flash, their eyes are just so darn reflective. Next time lug a tripod, and hope they sit still long enough to shoot in that light without a flash. That's the only conclusion I reached, and I'm going back to the drawing board to re do my last batch, if I can find the rascals again.

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Old Mar 14, 2006, 2:46 AM   #6
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Walk through the african bush at night with any kind of light - even a small penlight - and itwill reveal plenty of sets of eyes stareing out of the darkness! Moonlight is often sufficient toproduce this. Only way to get around it is to edit the effectout (note that red-eyefilter will not fix the problem:-))

The realskill is in being able to judge the distance at night between you and the owner of the most menacing pair of eyes:G

PS - I think I remember Dustin putting up quite an informative post on the physiology of animal eyes some months back, on this particualr subject and forum.

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Old Mar 15, 2006, 5:18 PM   #7
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thanks for your help with my pics, now I see that the flash did fire and they make a little more sense. Is there a way to correct them and pics. still look natural? thanks greg
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I think it's their Oakley's!* I tried to download it to do some editing but it came out as a text file not a jpg.
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