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A Little Flash



My favorite time to light paint is usually 20 minutes after sunset, but what to do while waiting for it to get dark enough to light paint?  In my case flash is sometimes the answer.  During our recent trip to Carrie Furnace we started losing light about 45 minutes prior to sunset.  It was not dark enough to light paint because we could not expose for more than a couple seconds.  Unfortunately for me not everything I need during a shoot will fit in one bag, so I ran back to the car and grabbed my bag of speed lights and accessories.


I must admit it took a few minutes to get back in the groove, since I can’t remember the last time I used flash.  But it was like learning to ride a bike after a few minutes and a few test shots.   In the  photo above I combined 5 different images, each taken with one flash lighting a certain aspect of the composition.  I use the Nikon Commander on my camera body and hand hold the flash.  The general settings are usually 1 stop underexposed for the flash.   I use the self-timer and rear curtain sync to be in position when the camera clicks.


We are in the planning stages of setting up a new date for Carrie Furnace next May.   Be sure to join our Road Runner Photography Meetup to get notification of when the date is announced.


Corcoran Gallery of Art Meetup

We are pleased to announce that we have scheduled a private tour of the War/Photography Exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC. This Meetup will be held on Saturday 9/14/13 at 3:30PM.

For more information on the War/Photography Exhibit, click here.

After our tour, we will be doing a photo walk around The Mall to practice evening/low light and night photography.

For more details, click here to for the Meetup.


Seeing Differently




Like many other photographers I enjoy visiting favorite locations multiple times.  But sometimes when you look around all you see are the same things you have seen and photographed before.  When that happens I find the best thing to do is grab a lens that I might not frequently use and see what happens.

In the case of the picture above, I used a 10.5mm fisheye and used a small window opening to frame the staircase.  Considering that I have shot this building many times, this change allowed me to see something new.