There’s always a flash unit in my camera bag. Do I always use it? No–always is an absolute term–just like I don’t ALWAYS use a face mask when I’m out walking the dog. The good thing is that I don’t need to practice “social-distancing” from the camera gear. I saw a homeless bird looking for a studio apartment. Turns out that one was hanging from a tree branch so I had to photograph it. Only one problem: the camera’s light meter tried to get the light back to the middle point and you just know it wasn’t about to happen.
Trusty flash saved the scene while frightening the bird, so the end result is a properly lighted birdhouse but nobody’s home. I thought for a moment that another winged creature might try to worm its way in, but that hasn’t happened–yet.