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I was going to toss his one out, but my wife liked it.



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I'm glad you didn't.  Great pics!
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Third one is a really cool pic.
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They are pretty spectacular shots!  Thanks!

Don't see many bats here anymore.....We've lost about 95% of our bat population, maybe more.
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These just keep getting better
Very well done


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Wow!

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Keep at it.  You're getting good at it.

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Sorry, addicted to bats !

How many does it take to make a meal ?

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These just keep getting better
Very well done

Thanks !!

It's been a steep learning curve, with not a lot of info to go by.

The biggest change I've made in the past few evenings, was to switch to manual control of my flash, instead of using i-TTL.

i-TTL was giving me a full dump, and even by strobe standards, the flash was too long. I tried manual full power with no effect, than went to 1/2 power, which has made a BIG difference in stopping the action.

The second change was to start using my 70-300 zoom, first at 70mm, and the past few nights at 80mm.

The third change I've made, because I'd been vastly over-guesstimating my focal point, (I'm shooting in full manual mode with both my camera and my lens) was to cut my focal distance nearly in half and just play the waiting game until they're nearly in my face.

Last night was the fastest, most furious onslaught of bats yet !

I don't know how long that will last though. "The City", in it's infinite wisdom, began a city wide, carpet bombing insecticide attack on the mosquitoes, since the number of West Nile infected samples had crossed their predetermined threshold...


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Have you tried any video?

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Nice!!

And I love those bats...our backyard faces west (so the sky is backlit), and has an open irrigation canal running through it - chock full of tasty bugs.  So every night at dusk we go out to watch "The Bat Show".  Way better than TV!

And coincidentally, all summer I have not been bitten by a mosquito once.  Each of these little amigos is gobbling up hundreds every night.  

I <3 Bats
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I love those bats...our backyard faces west (so the sky is backlit), and has an open irrigation canal running through it - chock full of tasty bugs.  So every night at dusk we go out to watch "The Bat Show".  Way better than TV!



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