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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Festival of Nations, Albany, NY

These shots had to be in color!  Beautiful native clothing and wonderful to see the children of so many nations side by side.  Shot with a Nikon D7200, 600B Speedlight with a Lumiquest Ultrasoft soft box.  Settings were generally ISO 800, F5.6, 1/50-1200 sec with AWB using a Nikon 18-140 VR lens.  Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Best Bird Shot!!

Really lucky this afternoon.  Able to time this shot of the Chickadee coming in for a landing!  Equipment: Nikon D7200, Sigma 150-600mm VR lens at 600mm, ISO 2000, F8, 1/340sec.  Nikon 600B Speedlight fired with remote transmitter at 1/8 power.  Aluminum covered cardboard reflector to bird's left. Small LED light bank over bird's head.  Enjoy, Jeff


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Refining Backyard Bird Photography














Today I was working to get some more inflight images.  Quite challenging.  Gear setup the same as with recent posts but because the light was better I was able to use 1/8 flash power which actually gives you a quicker burst of light than full or half power.  The duration is shorter so with a fast shutter speed of 1/320 sec, greater ability to capture spread wings.  Timing the shot is the challenge!  I am learning to anticipate behavior unique to each type of bird to help me fire the shutter at the right moment.  Enjoy, Jeff


Saturday, October 3, 2015

A New Approach



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Concerned that my first approach was not getting enough light as the perch was at the edge of the woods, I placed a stand in the open, created a branch to the feeder as a perch, set up the flash and added a reflector to the pole throwing and bouncing ambient and flash burst on to the subject.  Much more pleased with the results on this overcast day.  I loved the flying bird but of course had to get rid of the feeder on the left.  That is why G-d made Photoshop.  Enjoy, Jeff