Bat

2017_Vleermuis-001

I took this picture as an experiment to see if I could capture a bat. I hindsight I was lucky that it worked out pretty OK. There aren’t a lot bats to capture from our apartment, they are very fast, and finding the right settings is also a matter of trying and luck.

I am working on a better photo where the city is nicely light and the bat is freezed. The first try failed miserably :). In order to make the photo I have to solve these problems:

  • The bats are flying very fast and it is almost dark. In order to freeze the bat I have to use either a high shutter speed or a flash to freeze the bat. A high shutter speed is no option because it is relative dark and besides that I cannot balance the light for the city and bat. I might try HS sync, but I suspect that the flash is not strong enough (I am using a normal Speedlight).
  • The distance between my camera and the bat is not fixed and relative large. Therefore it is difficult to find the right settings of the speedlight.
  • I already discovered that the flash is not strong enough at lower power settings. A flash with more power is also less fast => more movement in the picture.
  • The sky is light compared to the bat. Therefore I am not sure if I can freeze the bat without having to overexposure it. Maybe I have to use a gradient filter.

This year I will try to make the photo I want, but it is going to be tough (if possible at all). There is one thing I already know: it will take a lot of experimenting and many pictures :). Feedback is appreciated!

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2016

I went through my photos of 2016 and made a selection of my personal favorites :).

 

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