A Goose on Ice and More on Macro (Two Photographs)
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A goose on ice sounds like a delicacy or at least a vodka. But actually the geese we see in the early winter seem to enjoy the ice and handle it well. The lighting and pose is what caught my eye.
Macro: The Diffusion of Light
One of the more debated elements of close-up macro photography is how to diffuse the light, soften it and make it more natural. The larger the light source and the closer the subject to the light the softer the light is (again I will spare you the science). A long explanation of diffusion can be found here: http://extreme-macro.co.uk/macro-diffusers. The easiest solution to this (in the field and indoors) is to place a a diffuser over your flash. You can make your own or buy one.I use the Lastolite EZybox (Manfrotto). The diffuser makes a huge difference in getting great light, once on the camera you just have to experiment with the power of the flash and the aperture. High-end flashes usually have a place where you attach an external battery pack. With a Godox pack, for instance, you can shoot 40 shots at high speed without stopping and the battery will still last for several days, in my case months, without the battery needing recharging, (the plastic holders that are sold to hold eight rechargeable batteries break too easily in my experience).