Bluebird Surprise!

I was surprised when I returned from Monterey to find the bluebirds were still in the box, I had expected them to have fledged. I spent about two hours photographing them on Saturday and I decided that would be my last day, as to make sure I did not interfere with their fledging.

This time I positioned my car differently, giving me a more head on view to the box. I wanted to try out my new flash and all the accessories, with the full height extension that I will be using in Montana during the wildlife model workshop.

My equipment consisted of a Canon 5DM4 camera mounted to a Tamron 150-600mm lens. My support was a Vacu-pod Model 3 with a Really Right Stuff BH -55 Ball Head and a Wimberley Sidekick. Attached to the Sidekick was a Wimberley Flash Bracket and attached to that was a Really Right Stuff Flash Extension Bracket. On top of the brackets was a Canon 600 EX II RT Speedlight flash. Mounted on the flash was a MagBream, MagMod Wildlife Kit. The flash was powered by a Quantum SC Turbo battery pack

Here is what my setup looked like.

BB setup IMG_7416revlabel.jpg

I was impressed how well the Vacu-pod held all the weight. I may have pumped it 2-3 times in the whole two hours I was there.  I even drove the car foreward and back with everything set up, so that my wife could get her car out of the driveway! I don't know any other mounting system that could have worked with this setup, since the mount had to be outside the car so that the flash would have room to be that high.

Here are some of the images I was able to get.

4000-180526-_5D45405.jpgFemale Western Bluebird - 1/800 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 600mm; fill flash

 

4000-180526-_5D45241.jpgMale Western Bluebird - 1/800 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 600mm; fill flash

 

4000-180526-_5D45429.jpgWestern Bluebirds - 1/500 sec; f/10; ISO 640; 600mm; fill flash

 

4000-180526-_5D45182.jpgWestern Bluebirds - 1/800 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 600mm; fill flash

 

4000-180526-_5D45431.jpgWestern Bluebirds - 1/500 sec; f/10; ISO 640; 600mm; fill flash

 

4000-180526-_5D45151.jpgMale Western Bluebird - 1/800 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 600mm; fill flash

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