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Fruit Bats taken through glass, handheld, at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, where I attended a workshop on the use of fill-in flash and flash photography yesterday. The little fellow on the right was very unhappy about sharing his food!
The method taught for taking this type of image, was to press the lens hard onto the glass, "seal" any gap between the top part of the lens with your fingers (taking care not to interrupt the path of the beam), half press the shutter button until the red light and grid appeared in the viewfinder and shoot, letting the flash do the focusing automatically. Tricky and hit and miss as it was almost impossible to see the subjects in the dark in the first place! Helped by our instructor shining a small light into the enclosure.

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload, with a special thank you to Christine (Christinecilia) and Ron (Maiwand) for their User Awards. All very much appreciated and valued Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 May 2013 - 2:05 PM
Focal Length:24mm taken 1m from subject, through glass, handheld
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Manual
Title:Simply Batty !
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:17 May 2013 - 11:10 PM
Tags:Cotswold wildlife park, Feeding, Flash / lighting, Fruit bat, Male, Nature, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife
Votes:33

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 12:25 AM

It seems you learned your lesson well. This is amazing. Fabulous colour and detail against the blackness.......Sandy

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 7:38 AM

Outstanding shot Sylvia, sharpness all over the image
with great lighting with the black background
Lillian

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 6144 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 7:59 AM

Excellent technique Sylvia, a super image with great colour and clarity, shows up so well against the black backdrop.
David

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Suzicoo
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18 May 2013 - 10:41 AM


Quote: Outstanding shot Sylvia, sharpness all over the image
with great lighting with the black background
Lillian

As said by Lillian, well done
Suzicoo

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 11:05 AM

Beautiful shot Sylvia.You seem to have picked up some very useful techniques with the flash. This shot is exceptional.GrinGrinGrin

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mauriceegan
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18 May 2013 - 3:02 PM

Wonderful image Sylvia, you certainly mastered the technique
Maurice

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Glostopcat
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18 May 2013 - 4:24 PM

A brilliant shot in the dark Sylvia, what an amaizeing image of these winged wonders. Your subjects were not at all bothered by your flash they did not even bat an eyelid!Grin

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jennialexander
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18 May 2013 - 4:44 PM

Well done Sylvia. Looks as though it was a worthwhile workshop
Jenni

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boov
boov  2 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 - 5:13 PM

Brilliant

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johnjo58
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18 May 2013 - 5:51 PM

Sounds like a great workshop Sylvia and an excellent photograph as a result
David

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tomcat
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18 May 2013 - 6:02 PM

Seems you were a very quick learner SylviaWink


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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 7:31 PM

Sounds a tricky technique but you have employed it with your customary expertise and got a fabulous shot, Sylvia: full marks to you for excellent detail and spot on exposure.
A totally original image.
Ronnie.

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Greyheron
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18 May 2013 - 8:33 PM

Well done Sylvia - not quite as bad as you were expecting judging by this image - very well done indeed...

Mike

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 10:06 PM

wow...an amazing capture...your title sums it upGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Holmewood
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18 May 2013 - 10:39 PM

Amazing

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FeatherFriend
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19 May 2013 - 1:17 PM

Remarkable shot Sylvia and very difficult to get right as I found when I did some in a cave within the grounds of Fuengirola Zoo in Spain a few years ago. I had a couple of 'keepers' too which are in my PF, mouse eared Bats though not fruit Bats Smile
Geoff.

Last Modified By FeatherFriend at 19 May 2013 - 1:22 PM

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