A friend of more than three decades presented me with a wonderful gift yesterday, a compact flash unit that increases the capabilities of my night photography. He said the gift was because I’ve provided him with helpful hints to improve his photography, but since he’s got better camera gear than me and often takes shots that far surpass anything I achieve, I think he’s just tired of hearing me blame my grainy images on my gear instead of me taking full responsibility. Whatever his motives, I’m thrilled to have this gift. Thanks, friend!
Being male, I tested the new flash last night without reading the instruction booklet so, of course, I’ve not learned how to properly use it yet. The results are astonishing even though the unit doesn’t totally synch with my older camera. There I go blaming equipment again.
These photos are of the female cottontail that likes to eat with the ducks. If you compare them to previously posted shots of her and her prodigy, you’ll see the difference stronger light makes in the grain of the images and the improved light in the backgrounds. All of these photos are taken FARTHER away from the rabbit than the comparison shots yet I’m able to get sharper images bathed in light. Look at the details in her ears (top), white markings on her face (right), and crisp eyelashes (below).
I especially like how light illuminates backgrounds so much better. Below, you can see how this rabbit’s colors match those of the fallen leaves as she hops toward me expecting her handful of duck chow.
The additional light also enhances subtle details like the fur-covered pads on her feet. She lives directly behind Rainbow Car Wash. If winter proves difficult for her, she could get a job there buffing vehicles after they’re washed.