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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flash… Don’t leave home without it

Went to the City Docks in Annapolis this past Sunday to enjoy a great afternoon of music from our friend Mary accompanied by her band mates Brian and Neal.  More on Brian, Mary and Neal later. 


We get down to the Dock just in time for a big black rain clouds to roll in.  Bummer!!!  I was looking forward to a beautiful blue sky with a few white fluffy clouds as a backdrop for for some nice photos of the girls and the harbor.  Instead I have dark ominous clouds…  What to do… What to do… 

Whip out the flash and go dramatic. 

20100822 Mary Neal Brian-002Canon 1D Mark III, 1/2500, F/4, ISO 400, FEC +1 2/3

This is super easy to do with a flash and off camera shoe cord.  In manual mode set your exposure for the desired background effect. In this case, I’m at least a stop or two under exposed.  Now work you flash power until you get the desired affect.  Despite the clouds, it was still fairly bright outside so the flash was set at +1 2/3  EV to over power the ambient light ensuring the flash is the primary light in the photo.  Now with the flash set, hold it out for the desired angle and shadows and then shoot away.  Note that the color cast is created with a 1/4 CTO gel on the flash;  give sort of a sun set cast of color. 

20100822 Mary Neal Brian-001 Canon 1D Mark III, 1/2500, F/4, ISO 400, FEC +1 2/3

Here’s a couple of examples but after the storm had past.   Note the skies are now blue with white clouds but we’re able to really make them more dramatic using the exact same technique.    

20100822 Mary Neal Brian-041 Canon 1D Mark III, 1/400, F/4, ISO 100, FEC +1/3

20100822 Mary Neal Brian-006Canon 1D Mark III, 1/8000, F/4, ISO 250, FEC +3

Pretty cool!!!!  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have my flash with me and I seem to use it more and more all the time. 

1 comment:

  1. One of my early discoveries was using the flash in daylight (this was back in my film days). I too keep a flash on most all the time. I even sprung for the Gary Fong defuser and found it to be a great accessory to my Canon Speedlite 430EXII. Thanks for the post it is very informative!