Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Anhinga bird

I found this guy in the Everglades, he wasn't scared of humans at all so I took advantage of the fact that I could get so close. His eyes were his only good feature really, the rest of him was pretty ugly.

Here is some of the technical details and what I think about before I take the pic, if your interested...
Shoot low angle so I can keep a bright (not black) background. Use 70-200 lens at a big aperture (small number) to zoom in and keep the background fuzzy and non distracting. Use a Canon 11mm extension tube with the lens to focus closer. Throw on my Canon 580 EX flash to fill in shadows and make the color pop, but keep the power down so it's just a fill and not a key light. Aim the light up and pull out the white card so it's bounced light, which is softer and less harsh than a direct light. Take a few shots, check exposure by chimping, then for my big secret... Wave a hand around, make loud monkey noises, and be disrupting as I possibly can to the bird, so he looks a bit engaged and not lethargic in the final shot.
Seriously... :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome, thanks for the tips. I have yet to successfully use my flash as a fill light in daylight situations such as this one - I will definitely give this method a try next time. I am assuming you used the same technique for the baby alligator shots.

4/25/2007 10:14 PM  
Blogger blaine said...

Actually the light was pretty nice (although very dark) for the alligator, so the only 2 shots that have flash are the 2nd and 5th shots, both close ups. I used a TTL cord to get the flash off camera and get some nice direction on the light.

4/26/2007 7:11 AM  
Blogger The City Girl said...

is that you in that picture?! i've never seen you look so.....homeless before;p

4/26/2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger blaine said...

Haha ya thats me in the photo... I haven't had a haircut in like a year, and haven't shaved for a few weeks! It's great.

4/26/2007 4:55 PM  
Blogger AmyJune said...

I love you're long hair...I think you should keep it.
P.S. This bird reminds me that scary flamingo.

4/28/2007 4:58 PM  

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