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UK winter weather - Peacocks, a D800 and a flash gun.

richardd300

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Wed 02-Jan-13 11:01 AM | edited Thu 03-Jan-13 07:09 PM by richardd300

It's courtship time on a dull, dank winters day using my D800 + 300mm f4 + SB800 Speedlight save the day. They were on my roof showing off.

First pictures shows what I got with a flashgun synched at 1/250. The third without flash against a cloudy white sky.

Richard

Nikon D800 1/250 @ f6.3 IS0800 EV -3

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Nikon D800 1/250 @ f8 ISO1000 Ev -3
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vcottman Silver Member Nikonian since 21st May 2006
Wed 02-Jan-13 11:44 AM

Nice series Richard.


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jot2nik Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2007
Wed 02-Jan-13 01:44 PM

Very colorful. Nice shooting

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VR8

Ottawa, CA
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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008
Wed 02-Jan-13 06:53 PM

What an opportunity, great photos!

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af4nc

Yardley, US
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af4nc Registered since 07th Jul 2007
Wed 02-Jan-13 11:40 PM

Nice capture

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Dubes

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#5. "RE: UK winter weather - Peacocks, a D800 and a flash gun." | In response to Reply # 0

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Thu 03-Jan-13 05:50 PM

As already mentioned Richard, a great opportunity presented to you.
I haven't looked a the EXIF data on your images, but something puzzles me. If the first 2 exposures were strictly created by the flash, in number 1, I'd expect the front of the roof line to be severely overexposed being closer to the flash; and number 2, the tree in the background on the second exposure appears to have fairly decent exposure, but is considerably further away from the flash.
What kind of metering did you use?
I've had a lot of luck using spot metering and locking exposure on the subject (plus shooting at anywhere between +0.3 to +1 EV) when shooting against a white/gray overcast sky.

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richardd300

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Thu 03-Jan-13 06:16 PM

I have now included the exif data above images 1 & 2. I recon distance to Peacocks approx 30ft, to the trees behind 45ft. Colour matrix and single point focus.

It is surprising that so much is well exposed at an EV setting of -3, this was not intentional and I had left it there from the shoot the day before.

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Antero52

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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009
Thu 03-Jan-13 06:18 PM

Wow! Peacocks on your roof. The "best" we've ever had was a pheasant in our backyard some years ago. It was handsome but so was the noize it made every morning.

Did you you TTL-BL?

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richardd300

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Thu 03-Jan-13 06:38 PM | edited Thu 03-Jan-13 06:39 PM by richardd300

Thanks

There is an interesting thread at https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=430&topic_id=21041#21161 discussing aspects of flash with bird photography.

One poster says "Standard SB800 provides a bit of fill out to nearly 60 feet I often use it for small garden birds at around 15 to 30 feet (5 to 10 meters)

This fits in with what I have achieved I think with the exception of the bid sizes.

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