In order to shoot this, I had my camera and flashes on full manual. The slave flash (580EX) was set to full power and my master flash set to 1/128th, the lowest it can go. All I'm using my master flash for is triggering the slave. I set the shutter speed to 1/2000th of a second and the aperture as wide as I could go, which is f/5.6 with my Sigma 70-300mm lens.
Here's a list of things I plan on trying next:
- Block all the feeder ports on the feeder except the ones I want to shoot the birds from.
- Remove the other bird feeder from the back yard so they don't have an alternate feeder to eat from.
- Position myself better so the tree is in the background.
- Work out better exposure settings.