November 06

Nature… Even that needs light..

Now we are at the end of my race season, it’s time to start planning all those pet projects that have been bouncing around in my head all year. Winter gives me that chance, so time to figure out what, the location & of course how I want to light.

imx-51The easiest projects are the garden birds, easily overlooked, but give some stunning images. These I love doing, well who wouldn’t, a lot can be shot using a remote trigger, so sitting in the conservatory next to the wood burner, cup of coffee, firing using a remote… Best way to shoot..

First job feeding, feed the same spots, watch now & again to see if your feather friends are using a certain flight path into your feeding area, watch how they are acting, how long they are around for. From here you’ll have an understanding of what your after, what do you ant to catch? then how to light it? The second shot Coal Tit, was quite a simple setup, a couple of 02-coal-tit-colin-brister580ex’s set either side of where I thought the bird would approach from. Shot in the middle of a sunny day, I choose a dark shelter area to shoot against, this would allow me to turn the background to black. I would have to shoot at 1/8000th just to freeze the bird, this would also allow me to cut nearly all ambient light. The flashes were set either side, with camera set head on, this would through the light across the subject, for me this creates more textures & shadows in the feathered areas, whish gives the viewer even more detail… These are great images blown up…

click2Then there’s the squirrels… or whatever you fancy shooting, these type of shots, I want to keep some of the environment in. So by slightly underexposing the background & using a Pixapro Citi 600 strobe to light the subject. Now the choice of modifier will determine how wide or narrow I light to bring the environment in. Feeding an area the week before will help provide a few subjects..