I was down at Burswood park last night (near the casino in Peth) when I came across an incredible sight - hundreds - possibly a thousand or so, ducks, swans and gulls covering the lake and park, literally swarming around. An elderly Asian lady was feeding them rice and bread. Kind of reminded me of a scene from a movie I saw, with the crazy Central Park bird lady (can't remember the film...) By the end, I was sitting down next to my, totally surrounded by swans having the occasional peck at my fingers to see if any more bread was offered. It was totally surreal, and an incredible experience.
I had my camera, and 2 flashes with me and started snapping away, and was less then impressed with the results. Too dark, too blurry, too bright etc etc.
I have linked to a gallery of the photos below, and would appreciate some advice on how I SHOULD have set up, keeping in mind fairly constant movement was necessary as the swans kept coming right up to me and inspecting the camera. These were the best of about 50 I took... so very disappointing.
- Gear - 550D,- 24-105L, 430ex-ii (slave off camera), 580ex-ii master on camera
- Lighting available - almost pitch black - some slight ambientfrom across the lake at the casino.
- All images were, and processed in LR4. Some have been heavily processed to increase so you can see the number of birds.
I would love to go back there and get some pictures that turned out OK. I have left the metadata in there so you can see the range of speeds etc I tried. Check the caption of each pic for the main details. What I did notice afterwards that I had my fixed on 400...
Link > http://photos.throssell.com/Other/Swans/21862927_TpRhb9