This article features a selection of wild bird flash images. These were captured handheld using the Olympus FL-700WR Wireless Radiowave flash during a recent early morning visit to Hendrie Valley.
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The Olympus FL-700WR flash has an IPX1 rating. This makes it a good flash to use for outdoor work in inclement weather.
It worked very well for these morning images, allowing me to capture wild bird flash images at ISO-200.
The flash sync speed of 1/250 was fast enough to capture images of an assortment of small birds, even as they moved about from branch to branch.
The flash did not seem to have any adverse effects on the birds. It did not cause any to take flight or for them to show any anxious behaviour.
Most of the FL-700RW wild bird images that I captured were in the 3 to 4 metres range (~10 to 13 feet).
I attempted a few image captures at further distances and the flash seemed up to the task. The blue jay in the above image was 8.3 metres (~27 feet) away.
At 303 grams (~10.7 oz) not counting batteries, the FL-700RW did not add an excessive amount of weight to my camera set-up.
Cycle times were fast enough to allow me to take multiple images of the same subject birds.
The FL-700RW flash worked well with my M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 f/2.8 zoom with the MC-20 teleconverter.
This was my first attempt at capturing wild bird flash images with the FL-700RW unit. I’ll be experimenting more in the future by doing some flash photography in darker, more heavily wooded areas.
All of the FL-700RW wild bird flash images in this article were captured using TTL mode.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. All are presented as 100% captures without any cropping.
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