Light is Everything!

Flash Birds

I love wildlife photography, but as of late I haven’t done as much as I would like. Mainly I’ve been busy but I also am more interested in doing lighting stuff. But why not add lighting to wildlife? Well, it’s not easy, which is why people don’t do it much. Animals are unpredictable as to where they are going to be at any given time. At least with birds you can feed them. We have a tremendous amount of birds of different species that fly through our yard. But, they all love black sunflower seed! So I put some out and waited. And, I used 3 speedlights to make sure that when they flew in, I’d get some light on them. I used TTL, which I don’t normally do, and it worked pretty good. Letting the camera drive every now and again isn’t so bad! ;)

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4 responses

  1. Very nice bird photos Jason. Well done. It inspires me to set up some flash equipment for my own backyard.

    November 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

    • It’s slick! The challenge with the Jays is that they are extremely wary. I found that they would come in and then spook away. Possibly putting a camo hunter hat/mask over the flash would make them more at ease.

      November 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      • My Blue Jays are rather tame. They wait for us to put out peanuts only a couple meters away. I will try the flash. Thanks again for the post.

        November 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      • You bet. I found that TTL was a good option for this setup, but I normally go manual. I had one light 2.5 feet up on a stand and another one on the ground and another on camera. It created a pretty good cross light & fill ensuring light would be anywhere my wary Jay would land. Of course, after I packed up to come in, 3 of them set down right where I was. True to form! ;)

        November 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

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