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Spring Chicks II



We have chickens at our home, for eggs, and we had just received these little ones. I decided I wanted to get a nice shot of them before we put them in the bar...
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We have chickens at our home, for eggs, and we had just received these little ones. I decided I wanted to get a nice shot of them before we put them in the barn under the heat lamp.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo of the chicks was taken in my little studio I have at home.
Time
I had just picked the chicks up for my wife at the local feed store. I wanted to get them under some heat lamps but I first wanted to see if I could photograph them before.
Lighting
As for the lighting.......I just bounced my stobes off the ceiling which is about 14 feet at the peek. I also had a small soft box under the plexi table just too add a small amount of light to the table.
Equipment
I shot this image with my Nikon D3x and an Nikkor 80-200mm zoom. I shot this at 1/160 at f13. I did use a tripod but I did have to keep corralling the chicks into the focus area.
Inspiration
I really just wanted to see how it would look. I shoot other products on the plexi sweep table and I wanted to see if I could do the same thing with the chicks.
Editing
I did do some post production work on the images. The table is pretty banged up so I removed the scratches and dust marks. I also just snapped the image up a bit with some contrast. Other than that not much else. Other than the occasional gifts from the chicks. I sanitized the table after the shoot!
In my camera bag
My equipment bag has my Nikon D3x as well as my Nikon D3 for backup. I carry an assortment of lenses. I have a Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 zoom, a Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 macro, a Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 zoom, a Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 and a Sigma 14mm f/2.8. I also carry different size circular polarizers, a loop for looking at images in the LCD. The loop is especially helpful when shooting outside in bright conditions. I also have two collapsable reflectors as well as a collapsable gray card. Some of my shoots can last up to 12-15 hours so I also carry some sort of energy bars to get me through the day.
Feedback
Because of the nature of the subject I wanted to keep my lighting pretty open. I say this because the chicks tend to not be very stationary so that negates many types of light scenarios. It would also help to have a chick wrangler because of how active they are. All in all it was a pretty fun experiment.

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