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Flash for bird wildlife with a long lens advice please.

richardd300

Dyserth, UK
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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Fri 07-Dec-12 03:27 PM

I hardly ever use my SB800 flash since I bought wide aperture lenses as I find I can achieve desired images without it even indoors. In the gloom of winter things get harder with good light at a premium.

As some will have seen in my Waxwing images I used for the first time a flash on my D7000 with a 300mm f4 lens. I was impressed, as gone were the inevitable silhouetted images when taken towards a white or bright sky background. I left the flash on TTL BL in auto and at about 30ft the light was adequate. I also want to use it with my D800 for birding as well.

I would like to take this technique further, especially in our local reserve, as there are many dark corners where birds feed and sun and light don't reach. I would be grateful for advice please relating to the limitations, techniques and settings appropriate to using a flash on long lenses for the birds, both static and in flight please.

Richard

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