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Resolved: I'll finally learn how to use my strobes correctly!
Resolved: I'll finally learn how to use my strobes correctly!

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Challenge: New Year's Resolution V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012 Challenge shots
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Dec 8, 2013
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2013

[Jan. 15th, 2013 11:21:15 PM]

ok -- this is one of my Whining entries. Luckily the don't happen often, but they do happen occasionally. Also, luckily it's not going to make it into the top 10, so not to many people will know it's a whining entry.

I was so excited about this. I knew I wanted the resolution to be that I was going to learn about lighting: because I am going to learn about lighting!!

I also knew I wanted the flash in the shot. There's a book on flash with Joe McNally holding his camera, doing a self portrait with the flash going off. Heaven forfend that I should do a self portrait! We know how those score! (well, when they're recognizable, at least... :)

Getting down to the wire, and I decided to try it with birds. 8 hours over 2 days trying to get the right shot. I was incredibly excited -- it really was a blast. I dialed up and down the flash, and changed the shutter speed to adjust how much ambient light I wanted in the shot. I really felt like I knew what I was doing for once!! I even thought of throwing in another flash, but that definitely seemed like to much.

I had these results:

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I probably should have submitted the one with the nut in his beak, but I liked the entry the best. It was the tones that called to me. Everything looked so beautiful, I liked the way the bird was turned, the flash seemed like such a unique and great idea.

And the votes started coming in -- I was so excited....

And then it became a whining shot.

It was for the longest time hovering right at 6. Normally, a 6.0 is perfectly fine, but this was my brilliant idea! This was my fantastic lighting, and my patient waiting for birds!! 4s? 5s? Surely people should see the brilliance of this!

I think I got a little too involved in this shot. :)

Well, I'm off to enter another shot -- hopefully it's not a whining shot this time. :)

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and the fav -- they were greatly appreciated!!

Place: 13 out of 81
Avg (all users): 6.3083
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.4556
Views since voting: 777
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 133
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/16/2013 09:36:17 AM
I'm guessing the voters didn't relate to having the strobe in the picture. It is a beautiful shot, and the bird is lit perfectly. So much to like about this photo.
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01/16/2013 01:50:30 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/11/2013 01:32:46 PM
This is something I would love to learn , thanks 10
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01/11/2013 03:11:04 AM
get that bright thing out of my face!!
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01/10/2013 07:11:05 AM
A brilliant idea well carried out.
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01/10/2013 03:48:45 AM
I know how difficult it is to capture your flash in the frame. This is amazing!! Absolutely beautiful capture!
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01/10/2013 03:25:23 AM
If by "correctly", you mean use them to temporarily blind little birds, then you're off to a good start! Be sure to try it on squirrels, too. :P
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01/09/2013 10:41:08 AM
This is just really clever to me. Like a movie set.
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01/09/2013 08:15:51 AM
great shot and also kind of a one step tutorial. The connection to the challenge is quite loose, though.
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01/09/2013 12:07:40 AM
Ha ! GREAT !
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