Sunday, March 10, 2013

Light Painting

As part of Photo Lush, we attendees got to try our hands at Light Painting an AT-6 Texan! Here's a brief time lapse of the 3 or 4 attempts by the crowd.

780 images shot with a 7D @ 12-24 at 14mm, f4, 1/2 sec each, iso 2500.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Sunshine at f2

A friend of mine is going to teach on the subject of high-speed sync flash photography this weekend.

When the subject came up I opened my mouth and inserted my foot (again - I do that a lot it seems). This time it was something like: "you can do the same thing with neutral density filters". Here's my attempt at demonstrating the technique with my least favorite always-available model.

The idea goes something like this: You want to use a large aperture, say f2. You want to do that in the sunshine. The sunny-16 rule would say you need your shutter set 1/8000th. But, you want to use your flash to fill in the foreground and your very fine camera only syncs up to 1/250th.

Now what?

High-speed-sync OR use a neutral density filter to cut down on the light levels entering the camera. In this case I used a 1.8 ND - that'll hold back six stops.

Shot with a 7D, 30mm Sigma 1.4 at f2, 1/250th, iso100, B+W 1.8 ND filter, with my Alien Bee 800 at 1/2 power.

The original boast on my part was to use speed lights. What I discovered in this experiment is that a single 430EX has to be so close to the subject that it's in the frame - better take Nicole's class after all.

One more thing: Framing and focusing the camera with a 6-stop filter on the front is hard to do. One would need to learn braille...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mom & Pop, 'Yakking

I got out on Cranberry Lake in Anacortes last week with Mom & Dad. What a great place to spend time on the water. I think they were born to do this kind of stuff. The only thing they're missing is webbed feet.

Both shot with a 7D & 85mm f1.8, Dad at 1/250th f3.5 iso200 and Mom at 1/500th f2.5 iso100

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Whatcom Falls

With a few minutes to spare, I wandered into Whatcom Falls Park to see what I could do with the wonderful old stone bridge and a long exposure.

Shot with a 7D & 12-24 at 13mm, f20, 30 seconds with a 1.2 ND filter.