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a few "strobist" style shots in the backyard
Posted By: khardur, 04-18-2009, 02:36 AM

Yesterday evening my son and I were playing in the backyard. We had been out there for quite a while, and it was starting to get a little dark. I haven't shot much in a while, so I asked him if he wanted to take some pics real quick.

He always jumps at the idea, but he only ever gives me 5-10 minutes and then he tires of things, or I'll take one shot and before I can adjust anything he's up and running again...

Anyway, so I grabbed my lightstands and flashes, hooked it all up fairly quickly. I need to invest in a good radio trigger set if I ever want to be serious about this, the optical slave wasn't triggering well, so I had to compromise on the position of the slave to get it to fire. All shot with the 40mm Limited.




I have very little experience shooting with off camera flash, though I hope to get some more practice in the coming weeks. C&C always appreciated.
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04-18-2009, 02:56 AM   #2
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that's very cool... I really want to learn to do that stuff. I love the vividness of strobist stuff - not only in colors, but also since it's like depth of field but instead of bokeh, it uses light to isolate a subject. So how many flashes did you use and do you have to have them at different heights or use umbrellas? Yeah, totally newbie questions... where's Ben!
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two flashes, the main being a Vivitar 285HV fired into a silver umbrella. The secondary is an older Vivitar 283 with an optical slave attached. On the top two I had the umbrella to the right and the bare flash on the left. I think on the bottom one I had the setup switched around.
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I like these, Dan, I would like to get into this style, it looks like fun.
by the way, my sons have that same basketball hoop...

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Here's one more from the series - He loves the kickball with the smile on it and he told me I have to put this up as well.

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Those look good Dan nice to have a willing subject - I really the first one. As with most things pratice makes perfect and looks like you are well on your way.
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Great work ! I have the tools and just not done enough of this. Thanks for sharing
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Great and blessed with a hammy kid! Lucky you guys. How much fun it will be to see these again in 40 years!

04-18-2009, 10:00 AM   #9

What great expressions on a unique subject!
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Dan, great to see your son doing well. The strobe light does the job of illuminating well. However, I personally prefer a bit of atmosphere coming out of the images. For example, maybe the light source could be better positioned from sides to get a bit of shadow and mood I wonder.

Good series (so much better than a lot of the ones floating around the photo forums)
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totally agree with you, James. It's definitely something I am going to be practicing more of in the coming weeks.
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More rim light. These are good.

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