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#3364834 - 09/18/13 05:43 PM Close-ups are King!
gil1
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I was going to reply to BSK's thread on flash extenders but didn't want to hijack it with the exact opposite MO. Those flash extenders enable you to do some pretty cool stuff. But I'm into photography and animals, so I want my camera to take a great photo, and I want to manipulate that animal to come in as close as I can get it to catch every bit of its personality on film.

Of course, our applications couldn't be more different. I have only white flash cameras because all black flash photos by definition, SUCK! (I'm just talking about for photography purposes, not for counting points.)

I have only cameras that have an option to lower the flash level. Even on its lowest setting, I still rig my cameras with an extra filter to soften the flash even more. The main object is to constrict the flash, not extend it.

That way, I can get close-ups that don't blow out the animal and its eyes. I keep the flash on for day shots to fill in the shadows.

Most of my target animals are smaller animals like bobcats, foxes, coyotes and hawks, so I try to lure the subject within two feet of the camera but might go out as far as five feet. Deer and turkeys are bigger, so I can reach out as far as eight feet and still get decent shots (although the best ones are still within three feet).

If I want to kill deer or count deer, well, that's a whole different story. ;\)

I only mention all this because I think folks miss out on a bunch when they limit themselves to crappy, blurry, black and white, distant photos.

This isn't that great a photo, but notice how the soft flash just slightly lights up the buck but doesn't blow him up with light. The background is still dark. Close-ups are what trip my trigger, my friend.

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#3364844 - 09/18/13 05:52 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: gil1]
Inkstainz
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pretty cool
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#3364922 - 09/18/13 07:03 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Inkstainz]
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Great shot Gil as always!
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#3365176 - 09/18/13 09:26 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Hollar Hunter]
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Very cool.
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#3365275 - 09/18/13 11:06 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: RUGER]
Nealmeally
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Great pic and great deer!
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#3365302 - 09/19/13 12:01 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Nealmeally]
Thicketmaster
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Ole long muzzle on that deer! Nickname him muzzy!
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#3365352 - 09/19/13 05:42 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Thicketmaster]
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Very nice.
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#3365385 - 09/19/13 06:20 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Bow Hunter]
AROD
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Great pic.
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#3365406 - 09/19/13 06:44 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: AROD]
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Cool pic!
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#3365537 - 09/19/13 08:06 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: MUP]
Planking
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Awesome!
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#3365545 - 09/19/13 08:13 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
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awesome pic and Buck!
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#3365563 - 09/19/13 08:21 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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cool pic!
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#3366108 - 09/19/13 03:09 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Urban_Hunter]
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Cool picture I'd like to see some more.
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#3367017 - 09/20/13 08:18 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
DntBrnDPig
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Sweet!
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#3367114 - 09/20/13 09:00 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
FIREMANJIM
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Nice stuff Gil. Is that from a camera that I built for you??
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#3367278 - 09/20/13 10:54 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
Adam Jackson
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nice deer
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#3367523 - 09/20/13 01:32 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
RiverBuck10
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That's awesome bro!! Good stuff
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#3367862 - 09/20/13 05:40 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: RiverBuck10]
de novo
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Interesting concept!
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#3368143 - 09/21/13 07:12 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: FIREMANJIM]
gil1
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 Originally Posted By: FIREMANJIM
Nice stuff Gil. Is that from a camera that I built for you??


I honestly can't remember Jim, but probably. The pic. was taken a year ago, so I can't recall.
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#3368149 - 09/21/13 07:18 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
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Great Pic!
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#3371902 - 09/23/13 09:20 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: HOOK]
AT Hiker
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Very cool!
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#3374582 - 09/25/13 09:57 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
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awesome
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#3374854 - 09/26/13 07:35 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Awesome pic gil1!


Here's one of my favs:

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#3375136 - 09/26/13 10:57 AM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: BSK]
gil1
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Very nice, BSK!
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#3375553 - 09/26/13 03:37 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: gil1]
Phil1979
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Very cool
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#3375885 - 09/26/13 08:13 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: BSK]
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#3376005 - 09/26/13 09:19 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Boone 58]
missalot
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cool pic.
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#3380008 - 09/29/13 08:42 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Phil1979]
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Nice Gil
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#3383280 - 10/01/13 05:54 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
Florida Cracker 971
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Very cool pic.
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#3383482 - 10/01/13 08:13 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
tickweed
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neat
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#3424912 - 10/28/13 09:19 PM Re: Close-ups are King! [Re: Planking]
trukeyhunter
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Great pic.
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