Regent Bowerbird captured by Z 9 / Z400f4.5 w/Profoto A10

Nope, nope, Sharon & I are definitely not in MT anymore! There’s no way we could walk out our door and see the ground carpeted with a “common finch” like the tiny Red-browed Finch nor see in the tree a Regent Browerbird. Nope, we are on holiday at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat located up in Lamington Nat’l Park. This is our fourth time here and we are simply having the time of our lives. Yep, the trip is all about birds, birds the colors, shapes, sizes and call that are soooooo different form the ones on The Ranch. And man, is the photography fun and great this trip! Why???

Red-browed Finch captured by Z 9 / Z400f4.5 w/Profoto A10

Two main factors. The first is I have grown as a photographer since I was here last. You could sum it up as, I’m not in as big a hurry last time, looking way more the story, and really focused in on making the uncommon from the common. The other big factor is the gear helping do all of this. The Z 9 and Z400f4.5 are making it soooo simple to concentrate on these aspects of the story and not on the gear. At the same time, I’ve added the Profoto A10 flash to the kit. This gorgeous, powerful light source permits great ease at bringing the color home in a click. The Regent Bowerbird was taken before the sun was up in the cover of a rainforest. The background is all ambient light, the Regent is all Profoto. Its sweet light just kissing it. The Red-browed Finch, the whole rig is lying in the grass, the monitor flipped out on the Z 9 and it’s doing all the work (except the back massage needed) and the Profoto A10 kissing this bird, the size of your thumb as it forages. Lots of pixels flying, battery being used up and color, color, color flying about, in the trees and on the ground. Yep, definitely not in Montana anymore!

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