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Simply Batty !

By teocali
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

Tags: Wildlife Nature Male Feeding Cotswold wildlife park Pets and captive animals Fruit bat Flash and lighting

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Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
18 May 2013 12:25AM
It seems you learned your lesson well. This is amazing. Fabulous colour and detail against the blackness.......Sandy

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Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 7:38AM
Outstanding shot Sylvia, sharpness all over the image
with great lighting with the black background
18 May 2013 7:59AM
Excellent technique Sylvia, a super image with great colour and clarity, shows up so well against the black backdrop.
Suzicoo 4 480 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 10:41AM

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

As said by Lillian, well done
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
18 May 2013 11:05AM
Beautiful shot Sylvia.You seem to have picked up some very useful techniques with the flash. This shot is exceptional.GrinGrinGrin
18 May 2013 3:02PM
Wonderful image Sylvia, you certainly mastered the technique
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
18 May 2013 4:24PM
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
18 May 2013 4:44PM
Well done Sylvia. Looks as though it was a worthwhile workshop
boov Plus
3 2 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 5:13PM
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 5:51PM
Sounds like a great workshop Sylvia and an excellent photograph as a result
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 6:02PM
Seems you were a very quick learner SylviaWink

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
18 May 2013 7:31PM
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.
Greyheron 14 282 7 England
18 May 2013 8:33PM
Well done Sylvia - not quite as bad as you were expecting judging by this image - very well done indeed...

ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
18 May 2013 10:06PM amazing capture...your title sums it upGrinGrinGrinGrin
18 May 2013 10:39PM
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
19 May 2013 1:17PM
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

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