Little Brown Bats

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Love bats!
These little guys are everywhere
Costa Rica

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All thoughts and suggestions welcome

Technical Details


F Number: f/20
ISO Speed Ratings: ISO 200
Exposure Program: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Multi-flash
Focal Length: 194 mm
FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II + 2X Teleconverter

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Sandy, this is amazing. How long did you have to wait to get the two of them in such a perfect position? The composition is pleasing, and the frozen motion of the wings, along with the overall sharpness, makes this a keeper. I have only one small nitpick. The foliage is competing with the bats. If it were darkened, it would allow the stars of the show to shine. Just my take on an amazing picture.

Thanks - there were probably 100 of them coming into the flower garden at the lodge. The problem was not so much getting them together, but ISOLATING one or two without others flying over them.
Thanks for the suggestion to darken - I’ll try it and re-post

I think the comp is very nice and to get 2 nectar feeding bats in one frame is amazing. You could try darkening the vegetation, but I am happy with the image as presented…Jim

Maybe darken the large upper leaf, but the vegetation doesn’t bother me. The lighting on the two bats is really good, as is the positioning and focus. I especially like the droplets, which make the flower look even more enticing (for the bats!). A five-star shot.

ok, darkened the leaves a bit… ?

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Sandy, I think it helps balance the values. What an exciting time with these wonderful animals.