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Mixing Speedlights with Sunlight – A Daisy Experience

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Sometimes you may have a great subject, but the lighting is poor. Usually, the only way of kicking things up a notch or two is to add your own light to the scene to make things sparkle and shine. Take the following image for example. Great daisy, lousy light.

Beautiful chamomile daisy flower. (Stephen Harrison)
Nikon D3s w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR Handheld ISO 200 1/1250th @ f/3.2

However, by simply adding a Nikon SB-600 speedlight (with amber gel) to the left of the flower I can easily reveal depth, texture, and form in an otherwise uninspiring image. Technical note: I set the camera to 1/250th* Focal Plane Sync (FP Flash Mode), to be able to sync flash @ 1/1250th of a second. Normally, I would be limited to 1/250th on most cameras/flashes.

Beautiful chamomile daisy flower. (Stephen Harrison)
Nikon D3s w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR Handheld ISO 200 1/1250th @ f/3.2

A lot of the time beginning users of flash think of flash as simply a way of creating a usuable exposure in an otherwise dark situation. However, think of it as a little sun that you can transport with you and pull out and change the whole look of the image wheather through coloured gels, placement or quality of light. Also, use of the speedlights allow for handheld use of the camera with the flash freezing not only subject motion (the slight movement from wind), but also camera shake/motion.

A similar technique was employed for the creation of these two images. Nikon SB-800 on D3S hotshoe to trigger SB-600 speedlight (camera left mounted to tripod w/ amber gel @ full power zoomed to 85mm) with a second SB-600 flash handheld camera right (w/o gel zoomed to 50mm @ 1/64th power) used to fill in the shadows.

Beautiful chamomile daisy flowers. (Stephen Harrison)
Nikon D3s w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR Handheld ISO 200 1/1250th @ f/3.2 (SB-600 flash camera left @ 1/1 w/ amber gel zoomed to 85mm, SB-600 flash camera right @ 1/64th w/o gel zoomed to 50mm)

Beautiful chamomile daisy flowers. (Stephen Harrison)
Nikon D3s w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR Handheld ISO 200 1/1000th @ f/5 (SB-600 flash camera left @ 1/1 w/ amber gel zoomed to 85mm, SB-600 flash camera right @ 1/64th w/o gel zoomed to 50mm)

So next time you are out photographing, keep in mind its not just about composition and exposure- but consider how the light is falling on the subject- and if you don’t like it- modify it with the use of reflectors (think white sheet of paper) and/or speedlights to kick things up a notch.

New York City Stock Photos

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Early last month I travelled down to New York City for the first time, and came back with some great images for the stock collection. It was just as loud, busy, dirty, and amazing as I thought it would be, with the scale of the city simply being staggering. Of course, had to do the touristy thing and capture some of the most iconic landmarks:

Statue of Liberty

New York City Skyline

Ellis Island

Empire State Building

Rockefeller Plaza

Radio City Music Hall

Trump Tower

Times Square

New York Subway

Subway Pride

Choir Donation

Police Barriers

Ghostbusters Firehouse

Before leaving the Big Apple, being a Ghostbusters fan means stopping by Hook & Ladder 8 firestation at 14 N. Moore Street New York, NY 10013 due to it being used for the exterior shots for the Ghostbusters 1&2 (1984/1989) film franchise.

To see what’s inside the building visit the New York City Stock Images Gallery!

Canadian Maple Farm Stock Photos

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The snow has thankfully receded and with spring the sap starts flowing in the maple trees. Sugar bushes always proved for great lens fodder and this year a trip to Fulton’s Pancake House in Pakenham (20 min. West of Ottawa) was no different. These images are all available for personal use, commercial licensing, or for editorial publication.

 Taffy Girl

Maple Sticks

Horse Drawn Sleigh

Work Horse

In previous years I had visited Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area for their Maple Madness in Kingston, Ontario.

Traditional Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Bucket

Pancakes

Maple Syrup Pancakes