Osprey, Mono Lake © Robert Sommers 2023

Thursday, June 4, 2020

New gear

Do you see this picture that I took Wednesday in the dark recesses of the marsh? Believe it or not, there is a great horned owl in there but you wouldn't really know it to look at it.

I want to take more pictures of owls but unfortunately, they are creatures of the dark. It is hard to shoot them in shadow. What to do?

Well, what I did do was buy the product known as a Better Beamer. This inexpensive flash extender velcros to my Godox tt685 speedlight flash and concentrates the light through a fresnel lens, allowing the user to gain three stops of light.

I just stuck it to my flash and took some preliminary shots and figured out the setup. It is made for a lens over 300 mm long. Should illuminate to 50 meters.

A friend has an owl box at his home. If everything goes right I am going to show up Saturday evening and give the new apparatus a tryout. Hope to get an owl in front of the strawberry moon.

No comments: