Here's the one photo I took. That's it, over the course of 2.5 hours. That's a lot of learning .. just wish I could remember it all.
Up close, and in the face of "the jimmy" ... using the widest focal range at the closest possible point ... yes this method works well on the subjects.
This time I used the approach that these things wouldn't mind if I made them sit for extended periods as I fiddled with isos and flirted in moderate disaster with aperture.