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Jul 16, 2006 18:06 |  #1

Soprano pipistrelle - North Yorkshire UK

5d, 70-200/f4, 430EX, tripod, some preparation, lots of luck!

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Jul 16, 2006 19:04 |  #2

Well, it worked out nicely!


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Jul 16, 2006 19:25 |  #3

Beautiful shot Nigel, is it a large species?

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Jul 16, 2006 19:55 |  #4

Great shot.. YUCK.. now I am going to have nightmares.. :D


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Jul 17, 2006 04:41 |  #5

Luck?? You make your own luck with shots like this, very well done :)


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Jul 17, 2006 07:42 |  #6

Hello Nigel;
What an OUTSTANDING capture...
Not much "luck" there! Looks to me like an awful lot of work & preparation went into it to capture such a small & rapidly fast mover...
GREAT job;
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Jul 17, 2006 07:54 |  #7

Really well done. That's the first bat shot (let alone in flight) that I've seen on boards.


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Jul 17, 2006 08:12 |  #8

Nicely done! Very impressive!

As Lee said they're usually quick movers. I'd hazard a guess that you didn't bat an eyelid waiting for that fella to come past. ;)




  
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Jul 17, 2006 08:13 |  #9

Great shot.


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Jul 17, 2006 08:15 |  #10

Wow! I have a lot of bats near my house, and while I have often wondered about getting a picture of them, I have no idea where to start. I am probably not the only one who would love to hear how you pulled it off. Excellent picture.


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Jul 17, 2006 09:58 as a reply to  @ mrclark321's post |  #11

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Beautiful shot Nigel, is it a large species?

No, it's tiny, the smallest of UK bats - wingspan 20 cm fully extended, weighs just 4-6 grams.

Technical details - 5D, 70-200 f4 L at about 150mm, 430EX on camera, tripod, remote release (manual, nothing fancy). ISO 320, Manual focus, auto flash. Prefocused on wall then focused back to a distance I thought would correspond to how far the bat would get in the time it took me to press the shutter release. About 100 frames, mostly of the wall and sometimes part of an out of focus bat. I have some frames of bats about to exit their hole, and just two showing a flying bat in focus - and this is the only one that is all in the frame. It's the bottom right corner of a 12.8 MP frame, about 2.2 MP of image only. You'd never do this sort of thing with film, would you? Most of the professional wildlife photographers use optical triggers and don't look through the camera at all, just set it up, come back later and see what they've got.

Oh, and I enjoyed a cold beer while shooting.

Glad you like the photo!
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Jul 17, 2006 11:13 as a reply to  @ puttick's post |  #12

Luck? Pah! The more you practice the luckier you get :D

Great shot!...not good, great!

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Jul 17, 2006 12:02 |  #13

very nice.. im sure that took a ton of prep work!


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Jul 17, 2006 17:21 |  #14

Often attributed to Ansel Adams, but actually originally a quote from Louuis Pasteur (in 1854): "Chance favours the prepared mind"

I guess that takes care of the luck, or at least some of it!

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Jul 17, 2006 18:33 |  #15

Good capture. Don't see many of these pictures of the bat in-flight. A nice treat.


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