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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


I'm still trying to get a handle on flash...usually it handles me!
This morning nabbed this Downy before the Sun had crested the hill so complete dark shade.
Flash ETTL with +1 FEC. using 580EXii.
Imported into LR then to PCcc for Levels. Used NIK output sharpener at it's 50%, denoised the
background layer.
Please tear this one up with C/C


Canon EOS 5DS R
EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
/8.0 300.0 mm 1/200 800 Flash (on,

This morning is going Downy by MedicineMan4040, on Flickr



Oct 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


Hi Robert,

You did a good job on this one. It's tough when the only light you can use is Flash as your subject winds up looking flat. The exposure looks terrific and you nailed focus in the low light.

An alternative solution and I'm not shore it was possible with the light you had would be to set the camera in manual exposure for a proper exposure of the subject. This brings back the 3d look as there would be some shadow. Then use your flash to balance filling some of the shadow. The very long exposure risks some blur of your subject if it moves, the flash is in the 1/10,000 range freezing the subject so a double exposure look can happen if your subject moves with the flash exposure being sharp. If the subject is stationary your get a great image.

Morris



Oct 10, 2016 at 01:21 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


What's to tear up? Very nice photo of a female. Interesting information from Morris.


Oct 10, 2016 at 02:04 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


Robert, the shot is well exposed and has a great background.

the back/underside of the downy appears over sharpened as does the stump/perch. In the future you might consider drilling your holes more to the backside of the stump so the suet/peanut butter is not visible in the shot. Comes off more natural looking.

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Oct 10, 2016 at 03:48 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


Well exposed but I'd agree with the over sharpening a bit.


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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


What Ted said - he stole my comments ~ Ron


Oct 10, 2016 at 05:26 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


Points taken all. Thanks to each for their thoughts and suggestions.

OK, one silly question about the peanut better. The holes are easily hidden by rotating the perch but what would you do to the peanut butter on is beak? Judisicous healing? Close stamp?



Oct 10, 2016 at 07:21 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


Take the shot without the schmoots on the beak.


Oct 10, 2016 at 10:26 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


Another question please.
About the 'flat' look. To avoid that I have to get the flash well off the camera, correct?
Also this was my first time trying the MagMod MagBounce vs. something like a flash extender. Since I was sitting in a blind I really didn't need to extend the flash. I have to say it really does increase the effective output of the flash and lights up a large area. Recently I'd used the MagMod diffuser which I think do ok.



Oct 11, 2016 at 02:34 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Morning Downy Woodpecker C/C Please


MedicineMan404 wrote:
Another question please.
About the 'flat' look. To avoid that I have to get the flash well off the camera, correct?
Also this was my first time trying the MagMod MagBounce vs. something like a flash extender. Since I was sitting in a blind I really didn't need to extend the flash. I have to say it really does increase the effective output of the flash and lights up a large area. Recently I'd used the MagMod diffuser which I think do ok.



No, a flat image can many times be enhanced by using the levels/curves function in your editing software. I never thought your image was flat.




Oct 11, 2016 at 11:08 AM







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