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Strobist: Canon 580EZ attached to the camera, high-speed sync.

Strobist: Canon 580EZ attached to the camera, high-speed sync.
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willyd PRO+
 
willyd January 08, 2015
Spectacular timing !
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 January 08, 2015
Award-winning capture of the moment!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots January 25, 2015
Great capture!
BillW PRO
 
BillW May 20, 2015
Amazing image! Very nicely captured!
emilydubois
 
emilydubois January 26, 2016
Most unfortunate for the bird anyway!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo has been captured on my back yard. That birdhouse has been there about 4-5 years.
Time
At that day I started to capture the birds feeding activities at morning and continued shooting every now and then through out most of the day. This frame was captured around 2 a clock. I had already been shooting two days.
Lighting
To stop the motion short shutter speed was required. Daylight wasn't enough so I used speedlight and high speed sync. That way I got enough depth of field and avoided too high ISOs.
Equipment
I used Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens and I had Canon 580EZ speedlight attached to the camera. Camera was hand held.
Inspiration
I'd followed the birds in that birdhouse several years and wanted to capture the chick's first flight but that always happened around the Midsummer Day when I'm on my summer holiday and traveling. This time I was at home and decided to have a go. While waiting that big day I wanted to capture that feeding moment. It toked me tree days to learn the bird's habits to get the timing right. Feeding takes less than a second so I had to keep my camera pointing to the hole and predict when to press the trigger. The bids movements gave me the hint. 250 shots was needed. So where is the first flight shot? I never got it. The birds waited till Monday when I was back at the office and then they left the birdhouse.
Editing
The image was captured in RAW. Only moderated processing was applied. The image has been cropped.
In my camera bag
What's in my bag varies a lot depending what I'm going to shoot. It can be anything between just Lumia 1020 to DSLR + 4 lenses + draggable studio. Perhaps a typical set could be 1 DSLR + 2 lenses e.g. 24-105mm + 50mm f/1.2 + 1 Lumia smartphone.
Feedback
Perhaps the most important thing is patience. You have to study the birds habits and routines to get the timing right. You also end up doing a lot of testing to find the right setup, settings and angle. An another equally important thing is respect. You have respect the birds and not cause any disturbance. The birds must not see you as a threat. Choose an easy target to start with. Something close.

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