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Will flash hurt a barn owl...? #30174
07/05/10 04:56 PM
07/05/10 04:56 PM
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rpcrowe Offline OP
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There is a barn owl that sits on a fence near my house just about every night. I'd like to get a picture of this beautiful creature but, I am concerned that a flash might adversely impact the bird. IMO, there is no image worth hurting an animal to capture.

Re: Will flash hurt a barn owl...? [Re: rpcrowe] #30175
07/05/10 06:30 PM
07/05/10 06:30 PM
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Think of it as artificial lightning. Storms don't hurt owls unless they are struck by lightning, neither will a flash.

Re: Will flash hurt a barn owl...? [Re: psmith] #30176
07/05/10 06:58 PM
07/05/10 06:58 PM
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Glad you're thinking of the safety of your subjects.

Flash is fine for birds of all sorts, but with owls, on-camera flash can be problematic because of eye-shine. You'll need to get the flash well off camera to avoid it.

Re: Will flash hurt a barn owl...? [Re: Jim Poor] #30177
07/06/10 12:29 PM
07/06/10 12:29 PM
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Hi Richard,

I think you are raising a good question. The answer is probably 'no.'. Many bird photos incorporate flash. Generally I never use flash when shooting wildlife as I don't want to spook the critters. However, most of my pet work does. Now that i think about it, It seems like I make a bit of an irrational distinction...

BTW, a lot of birders use a product called a 'Better Beamer' to extend the reach of their flash.

James

Re: Will flash hurt a barn owl...? [Re: James Morrissey] #30178
07/16/10 03:39 PM
07/16/10 03:39 PM
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Only if you chuck it at him.

Roman

Re: Will flash hurt a barn owl...? [Re: RomanJohnston] #30179
08/13/10 02:13 PM
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The flash might hurt his night vision for a minute if you are taking photos in the dark, other than that there should be no side effects.


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