Yesterday was a double header for my “Bird of Day” Project 366. Although at night, I think everyone was bored and the internet was dinosaur slow. So although I’m posting a morning later, a day late is better than nothing.
In two months I’m heading to a very exotic and trip of a lifetime to Africa. To that end, I wanted to finally get myself comfortable with working with flash with birds. Finally, out came the flash unit and Better Beamer flash extender and off to the bird house at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C.
I knew that when photographing in less light, I needed less flash. In more light, you need more light. Although I installed the flash unit onto the camera shoe, I knew this wasn’t ideal as the flash could create steely eyes in the birds. Angling the flash upwards from the subject, and dialing down the flash to a -3 flash compensation, I was able to illuminate the bird without washing it out.
All in all a good day and I really liked the results. Now off to a new day, rainy as it may be.