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Nov 12, 2012 09:25 |  #1

I have the opportunity to photograph wildlife from a hide at night which has glass windows.

A slave flash system is in place to capture the mammals from about 15 metres, and subdued lighting is in place which is turned up as the mammals continue to feed

I will be using a 7D and 300mm f2.8 MK II

Will the glass make any noticeable difference to image quality, and has anyone any tips/advice/experience on such things?

Many thanks :)


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Nov 12, 2012 11:02 |  #2

i doubt it, if i read this right you're not firing the flash thru the glass. there are nice bird shots in the bird photo section of shots thru glass. This should be easy enough to test, stick something out there and shoot it.




  
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Nov 12, 2012 23:37 |  #3

To prevent any reflection of the flash or anything else on the window showing in your pics, make sure your lens is right up against the glass.


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Nov 13, 2012 19:56 as a reply to  @ philwillmedia's post |  #4

Depends on location and direction of flash.
Run some test shots.


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Nov 15, 2012 07:06 |  #5
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Flash to take photos of birds? Don't you think that is a little bit extreme?




  
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Nov 15, 2012 07:11 |  #6

RichSoansPhotos wrote in post #15248129 (external link)
Flash to take photos of birds? Don't you think that is a little bit extreme?

Nope. Flash can be about the direction and quality of the light, not just the amount of light.

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Nov 15, 2012 11:37 |  #7

Glass matters. The fastest way to turn a $5000 lens into a $50 lens is to shoot through an old window. I have done the experiments.




  
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Nov 15, 2012 11:42 |  #8

If the glass is clean and you bring your lens very close to the glass surface, then it should not pose an issue. As far as using flash, try to place a remote unit on the outside or placing it right up to the glass surface should be fine too.
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Nov 15, 2012 11:42 |  #9

jetcode wrote in post #15249045 (external link)
Glass matters. The fastest way to turn a $5000 lens into a $50 lens is to shoot through an old window. I have done the experiments.

Screwing on a $25 filter does a pretty good job, too.




  
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Nov 15, 2012 11:44 |  #10

I always have issues with glare when shooting through glass


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Nov 18, 2012 23:52 |  #11

I've had to do some recent shooting through window glass. Not the best conditions, but still you can do OK. As was said, get your lens front element right up there, and don't shoot at a real narrow aperture. And, make sure the flash doesn't bounce into your field of view on the glass!

Here's a shot I did a few days ago, and then a close crop of a similar shot:

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Nov 19, 2012 09:03 |  #12

Canon-Chas wrote in post #15236329 (external link)
I have the opportunity to photograph wildlife from a hide at night which has glass windows.

A slave flash system is in place to capture the mammals from about 15 metres, and subdued lighting is in place which is turned up as the mammals continue to feed

I will be using a 7D and 300mm f2.8 MK II

Will the glass make any noticeable difference to image quality, and has anyone any tips/advice/experience on such things?

Many thanks :)

I agree with the others, shooting thru glass can be challenging depending the quality and cleanliness of the glass. if the flash is not going thru the window then it may work out, I would try and test it out before the night you're shooting




  
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