Friday, July 31, 2015
Radioactive - Behind the Shot
This was taken at Magee Marsh. A lot of the boardwalk is heavily shaded now but there are patches of bright light when the sun is shining and this combination can make for some challenging photography. In fact, this place has caused me to set my camera's U1 to 1/200, f/5.6 (with the TC-14EII attached to the 300mm), ISO 400, and SB-700 flash mounted for the shaded areas and U2 is set for 1/800, ISO 100, etc for the brighter areas. I've done this to help keep the ISO as low as possible since I'm hand-holding and not using a tripod. Before employing this method I was floating the ISO in Manual mode resulting in up to ISO 12,000 at times . So, with a quick turn of the dial I'm set for dark or bright situations.
For this shot I'd been in the shade using the U1 setting and at one point turned to see this rabbit sitting there and fired off a quick round. Now, there's certainly nothing remarkable about this photo - except for that eye. We've all seen red-eye before but this is the first time I've seen this color combination and found it to be a real attention-getter. This is, of course, the affect the flash had because the pupil was not able to react (constrict) fast enough for the incoming light of the flash. What's reflected from the back of the eye and what we see of the color produced made an unremarkable photo a little more exciting I think.