Taken 23-Dec-14


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Keywords:BIRDS, BLACKBIRDS AND ORIOLES, Blue, Branch, Common Grackle, back-lit, bird feeder, black, dark, feeder, flash, iridescent, parents house, perched, rain, sparkle, yellow
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Dimensions3880 x 2582
Original file size998 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken23-Dec-14 10:20
Date modified23-Nov-15 12:41
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D4S
Focal length700 mm
Focal length (35mm)700 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/250 at f/8
FlashFired, compulsory mode, return light detected
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 160
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Darkness and Rain

Darkness and Rain

At least once every year I like to spend a day photographing the birds at my parent's feeder using flashes. It is by no means a natural look but it sure can make for some very dramatic photographs when I dial things in just right. This was one of only a few Common Grackles to land at the feeder all day but it was a perfect subject for the lighting. I knew as soon as I saw it on the back of the camera that I had something different with this bird. Basically an outline of its body with that bright yellow eye standing out. This was sot with a 3 flash setup, 2 behind the branch and off to each side and 1 flash in the front on the left just for a slight touch of fill (helps the eyes show up). I had the added bonus of a very light rain all day long which is what all the white specs in the air are. Taken in my parent's back yard in southern New Jersey.