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Re: The 'ethics' of using flash for wildlife

Unread postby bert » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:52 am

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Re: The 'ethics' of using flash for wildlife

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:54 am

Josh of the Bushveld wrote:There's a decent thread on flash and fill-in flash over here.
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Re: The 'ethics' of using flash for wildlife

Unread postby huntsman » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:09 pm

Rooies wrote:I don't agree with those 'good' guides. He will obviously not admit that his flashlight has an effect on the animals. No flashlight, no animal. No animal, no tip. We have seen it how many times where animals, and here I am talking about predators, have used man to assist him in hunting. The Cheetah jumping on top of a car in Serengeti, to get a better view was first a big 'wow' Nowadays its a common occurrence. Predators use stealth, speed, and power to catch its prey while prey uses sight, sound and smell to detect the predators. Take these factors away from any of them and the other side will win the battle.

It has been suggested, although not proven, that lions take advantage of a slippery tar road in order to catch giraffe. Forumites have mentioned how many times they have came across a giraffe kill close to a tar road. It is another example where wild animals have used man made stuff to gain an advantage over others.


I'm in total agreement and would not use flash photography at all on a night drive. I have a feeling the OP is interested primarily in birding however, where dusk and dawn are certainly improved with flash...
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Re: The 'ethics' of using flash for wildlife

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:11 pm

DinkyBird wrote:
Josh of the Bushveld wrote:There's a decent thread on flash and fill-in flash over here.
It's a pleasure mods :wink:

Hehe, one to you Josh :cam:


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Re: The 'ethics' of using flash for wildlife

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:35 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Duco, what flash do you recommend for a Canon 50D using a 100-400 lens, and only for the daytime use as you illustrated here. And at the moment, more for bird photography.

Any will do.... It doesn't have to be a monster. You are using it as fill-in.

Found the photo I was looking for. A bit too wide for a direct post here, so a link: http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i159/ ... a67bfa.jpg

The last two photos are with flash, and as you can see that makes quite a difference.
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Re: The 'ethics' of using flash for wildlife

Unread postby timbo » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:45 am

I feel like flash shouldn't be used at all. If you unable to capture it on camera without flash then simply enjoy the moment. The inner photographer in me though disagrees and I have a little fight in my head everytime, use flash and capture the moment or don't use flash and let the moment slip away.

Its quite the interesting battle.

But I stand firmly against the use of flash. It is so unnatural for wildlife and often startles and panics them
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Re: The 'ethics' of using flash for wildlife

Unread postby Chickadee » Thu May 23, 2013 8:47 pm

On a recent trip to the Galapagos, the following rule applied:

"When taking photos of the animals, birds, or fish do not use flash photography. Professional photographers and film-makers must have special authorization from the Galapagos National Park to use equipment and techniques beyond what is needed for basic personal photography."

I believe we care about our South African animals as much as the Ecuadorans care about theirs. Although they don't state the reason, I'm sure it's applied for a good reason.


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