Bats !

Small Bat bahla fortOne of a very large number of small Bats in Bahla Fort.

I don’t think I mentioned Bats from last weekends visit to Bahla Fort  🙂

What with the talk of Jinns and getting a little lost; there  were a great number of bats, especially in the darker corners of the fort. A  feeling of  Transylvania about the place…..

I was determined to get a picture of one, but easier said than done ! So excuse the quality, it is a miracle of Nikon that I got one at all. The body size was about 10cm and the room needed to be dark for them to land, otherwise they were zipping round getting excited about being disturbed.

So how did I manage this image without giving them more stress?

Camera set on Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/60 sec, f/8, ISO 200 with built-in flash set very low & using my Tokina 35-70 f2.8 lens. I stood in the room until my eyes adjusted (zone focused my lens) then waited.

3 thoughts on “Bats !

  1. You did exceptionally well to capture a photo at all, David. Thanks for sharing the camera settings. I’m always keen to see what ISO and shutter speed good photographers use.

    I find dark corners almost impossible as I’m not experienced enough with low light exposure settings. I notice you used a built-in flash. I wonder if my Canon EOS 600D can do a LOW light flash? The few times I’ve used the flash, I didn’t like it, so bought a LED Macro ring flash (that can be half on, or full on). Haven’t experimented with it very much except for food photography earlier this year.

    1. That’s very kind of you Vicki,
      I felt quite guilty using the flash but it didn’t seem to bother them.
      Yes according to the instruction manual (*you did read it ? 🙂 *) Looks like it does – under menu ‘Flash Control’ flash exposure compensation: ± 3 EV.


      *P.S because with me it is a case of ‘when all else fails…….’

    2. I asked a friend who has the same camera and he confirmed that you can adjust the flash level but & a big but, it’s a pain ! as he has never found a way of doing it on the fly so to speak.
      You use a menu option which is ok when you do the food images but not when in a hurry…….


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