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Chicken for Sunday Dinner

By DilysT
Just love these birds... hope you do too. April at last and a lovely sunny one here. Hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend Smile

Tags: Owl Eagle owl Eurasian eagle owl Wildlife and nature

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marktc Plus
11 101 15 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 10:43AM
Super image Dilys
martinjp 12 2 3 England
1 Apr 2012 12:01PM
Emu favourite birds 😉
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
1 Apr 2012 1:07PM
... and guess what we're having for dinner tonight GrinGrin

Dave


(yep, you're right .... owl Tongue)
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 1:59PM
I'm so glad we are not having chicken tonightWink - Carole
213hardy 13 719 England
1 Apr 2012 4:54PM
Cracking image

Den
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
1 Apr 2012 7:38PM
Terrific effort, great subject. When shooting against the sky, you need to overexpose using exposure compensation, so this has caused the Owl to be a little dark and washed out. An exposure compensation of +2/3, - or, use fill flash would work if you had been close enough.


Ive loaded a mod where Ive compensated by brightening the Owl, adding contrast, and enhancing the eye catch lights. Ive also shifted the Owl to the right.

Hope you like the mod, and find the feedback helpful.


Good work,


regards


Willie
DilysT 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 7:55PM
Thank you so much for that very valuable advice Willie! The mod looks much better... I've got a lot to learn and have to admit to usually using my camera on the 'auto' setting. On this particular shot though I'm afraid I didn't really have the time to think about settings anyway!

Thanks again Smile
gajewski 17 10 9 United States
2 Apr 2012 5:02AM
Willie did a nice mod. However, I can't agree with his advice to use fill flash in a situation like this. I see that your lens was at a focal length of 230mm -- I suspect that puts you beyond the reach of your flash.
I love this shot -- especially your timing (catching the owl with dinner in its grip).
Nicely done.
-=\Walter
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 9:32AM
gajewski wrote:

Quote:I can't agree with his advice to use fill flash in a situation like this. I see that your lens was at a focal length of 230mm -- I suspect that puts you beyond the reach of your flash.

I'd estimate a subject distance of about 6-7m, at which distance a flash with a guide number of around 40 should provide enough light to give a correct exposure at f/5.6 in pitch darkness. That corresponds to a mid-range external flash. Since we only want fill flash, here, less power would be required.

Dave.
DilysT 11 2 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 10:07AM
Crikey I wish I understood all that! :-O

But thanks!! Wink)
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 10:20AM
The short answer is that your camera's built-in flash won't be powerful enough at the kind of distance you were shooting from so you don't need to understand the details unless you have an external flash or are thinking of buying one. Smile

A flash's guide number is a measure of its power and you can use the it to calculate the narrowest aperture (largest f-number) you can use at a given distance. The formula is aperture = (guide number) / (distance in metres). So, if your flash has a guide number of 40, you can take a photo of something 5m away at any aperture up to f/8. That's assuming that the flash is providing all the light for the exposure; for fill flash, you're just adding to the ambient light level so less power is required and you can shoot from farther away, or at narrower apertures than the guide number would suggest.

You can find out a flash's guide number by looking at the manual; external flashes often have the guide number as part of the model number (for example, Canon's EX-430 flash has a guide number of 43). Typical values are about 10-15 for a DSLR's built-in flash, about 30-40 for a mid-range external flash and about 60 for a high-end external.

Dave.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
2 Apr 2012 1:55PM
Walter, - you did not read my comment correctly. I said that fill flash could be used "IF YOU HAD BEEN CLOSE ENOUGH", and this is correct. Close enough would be dependent on the flash, as pointed out by Dave.

regards


Willie
2 Apr 2012 9:52PM
What a great capture.well done..Lin
Cor 12 Belgium
3 Apr 2012 7:55AM
Excellent *****
Cor.

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