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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 550 bare flash - III


A couple from yesterday... Hosting company sluggish today... grrrrr

Had to use a light stand. Mom didn't come.


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Oct 31, 2012 at 03:49 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 550 bare flash - III


Nice work. The second and third are especially well done.
Douglas



Oct 31, 2012 at 04:15 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 550 bare flash - III


+1

I really like how you use just a tiny touch of flash to make th image pop without screaming "flash". Did you shoot manual or ettl flash?



Oct 31, 2012 at 07:33 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 550 bare flash - III


Thanks

Benee, I'm shooting around 30th to 60th of a second with this 300 F4. That alone is killing anything harsh. And the 550 is only 1/8 power, and approx 10 feet away. I shoot everything manual.

She's laying in the street in this shot, and her arm is on the sidewalk.
I'm holding the flash with my left hand.




Oct 31, 2012 at 08:32 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 550 bare flash - III


"She's laying in the street in this shot..."

Oh no que the 'danger police' in 3...2...1...

Pflitz...don't take your reflector and go home (as others have done) and please keep posting...when I get down on my amateurish attempts I see one of your posts and head back out to try again.

Steve



Nov 01, 2012 at 06:58 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 550 bare flash - III


Thanks Sallem...

Just a small side street in the middle of Podunk so she was quite safe...

More off camera 550 bare flash. This stuff is really easy to shoot.

Be well.


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Nov 02, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 550 bare flash - III


Great shots....Nice work.


Nov 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 550 bare flash - III


Great shots....Nice work.


Nov 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 550 bare flash - III


Great shots!!!


Nov 02, 2012 at 03:00 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 550 bare flash - III


great as usual....I have said it before, the fact that you have no "secrets" is a bonus on this forum.


Nov 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
 



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 550 bare flash - III


Love the series. Beautiful girls, beautiful light, and great technique.

I love my Nikon 300 f4.0 , but could never go to 30 without tripod. Wish it had VR. 75 or 150 w monopod.

I do not get though why you say the slow speed takes away the harshness. Can u explain more. U say u are shooting f4 at 30-60th so that is not harsh light. That is more like golden light and pictures look like that. Harsh light would be maybe 1/4000 at f4. And your flash pulses are way shorter than the 1/30 so...

Let's say the light level for correct exposure at f4.0 is 1/4000. Also assume you can get enough FPC power out of flash to use as fill at 1/4000. How is that any different than using an 8 stop ND filter and shooting at 1/60.

Seems to me you are picking the correct time of day and positioning to get good light at f4 and 1/60 while only needing a touch of fill.

I am sure I could be missing something.

Not trying to be argumentative. Just trying to understand cause your results are worth trying to imitate.

I have had good luck underexposing background a bit, playing with wb and adding tungsten gel to get the look(read about that on one of the big guns sites quite a while back - do not remember who).

Again great pics. Keep them coming.



Nov 02, 2012 at 09:56 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 550 bare flash - III


Nice work as always Phil. I haven't used the 550 bare but use it with umbrella and love the kick. Always learning from your posts.


Nov 03, 2012 at 01:34 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 550 bare flash - III


Nice work!


Nov 03, 2012 at 01:44 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · 550 bare flash - III


The backlighting on these is really the key. Backloghting combined with a touch of flash realy makes them pop. No favorites here there all great.


Nov 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 550 bare flash - III


I too like them a lot.
pretty much what everyone else said.



Nov 03, 2012 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 550 bare flash - III


Appreciate it folks. They're getting a kick out of 'em.

Ask.. I'm not a gear head, so most of what you said went right over my head. Not being smart, it's just me. I have no clue about pulse rates, etc...

All I really know is that even without a flash, if I want to relax shadows, I start shooting slower. I'm only using the 550 for fill at times, and other's trying to get close to the back lighting, but shooting slower, helps me blend the two.

Now I have to learn a new camera body. Retired my 1D Mark ii.

A couple more w/same lighting


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Newer Body, shot yesterday


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Nov 03, 2012 at 04:05 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · 550 bare flash - III


These are really good. You inspired me to do the same the other day when it was too windy to shoot with an umbrella without flying away.

I'm curious what your thoughts are about the pinpoint catch lights. I'm not too fond of them on my shots as they look somewhat amateurish. Any thoughts of cloning them out?



Nov 03, 2012 at 05:02 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · 550 bare flash - III


Hi Mitch.

My customers pay me based on what I deliver, and not the size of catch lights...




Nov 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · 550 bare flash - III


I'm glad your customers are satisfied. These are beautiful shots.

But when you look critically at your work, do you think this shot would be better without catchlights at all or with the pinpoint catchlights from the bare flash?


Just an honest question from a fellow shooter trying to learn.



Nov 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · 550 bare flash - III


mitchel674 wrote:
But when you look critically at your work, do you think this shot would be better without catchlights at all or with the pinpoint catchlights from the bare flash?


Nope... I don't get down deep into those details when trying to keep my nose above the water line.

I look at images with a broader view.

But that's me.



Nov 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
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