f13, ISO 200, 1/200sec flash used and positioned (by hand) above the end of the lens and angled toward the subject.
Gear used - Canon 400D, Sigma 70mm macro, 1.4TC, Speedlite 580EX2, lumiquest softbox, offcamera cable.
Any port in a storm, including my finger and some bricks in the case of this little red admiral - found him in some light drizzle on the road trying to dry his heavy wings off - seriously he could hardly lift them it seemed. So rescued him and captured some snaps - looking at the results I think the combination of handholding both subject and flash in some shots was simply adding a bit too much motion blur to the shots - though here where he is hiding in the bricks there was more stability for the subject at least.
Exposure I feel good with, but composition is a bit more flaky - and I am biase with my own work so I would be most interested to hear how others find it.
I would also be most interested to hear how contrast and brightness look on other screens - at the moment I have a calibrated screen but its a very cheap LCD so brightnes changes a lot when viewing angle shifts even a little - it also shows all my older shots up as rather contrast lacking (with my normal viewing angle) so I would be eager to hear how this has come out.
Tags: Close-up and macro
Wildlife and nature