An image that was created at the North Yorkshire coast early one morning, this image became one of my favourites from this shoot.
The talent wasn’t posing it was just a grab shot as I was setting up my camera.
The silhouetted grass and the pale sun just appealed to my artistic side.
It was a very cold morning even though the image looks as if it was warm. The model still had her coat on, and was looking
out to sea to check the tide movement. the sun had actually beaten me that morning, it was forecast to rise a good twenty minutes later than it actually did.
The bits of light on the grass in the hillock in the foreground are from my flash as there was plenty of dew on the ground.
I usually like to get some images in with the pre-dawn light but as I said that morning we had missed that unfortunately.
Camera used was a Nikon D3X and a 14-24mm 2.8 Nikon lens.
Edited in Nikon Capture NX2
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Mysterious woodland is an image that came about while testing the Pocket Wizard Flex TTL 5 radio set with a
Nissin Di 866 Mark 2. I wanted to see how they worked together even though the flash is not supported by the
Pocket Wizards, at least not on the Nikon fit sets.
I purchased the Nissin after destroying two expensive Nikon flashes on a shoot out on the North Yorkshire moors.
It was a very windy day and the flashes were mounted on solid light stands that were pegged down also.
A gust of wind took them both over at the same time and smashed the feet and the casing of both flashes.
I like using speedlights on location but decided if I am going to keep breaking them then cheaper versions may do the job.
by the way if you are thinking to yourself ” he should have had these insured”
they were but as we all know claiming for equipment does put your premiums up, so I decided to buy the Nissin’s and avoid a claim for now.
In TTL mode the flashes fire at full power but do observe the HSS protocol. Using the AC3 controller the flashes can be brought down by 3 stops
but using the manual mode on the AC3 and setting the flash on TTL gives more control.
At this moment in time I am wondering if the Phottix Odins would have been a better choice.
Anyway I tested the Pocket Wizards at a few distances and settings and found that it is not too difficult to work
around their shortcomings.
Pocket Wizard have stated to me that they may well include more support for third party flashes at a later date,
I suppose they have enough on their plate working on the existing problems they have with these radio triggers.
So as I say the image was created from the tests I did to see if they would work well enough to be viable with my setup and all in all
weren’t too bad, but at times shots were still being missed because of unexplainable erratic behaviour with this setup.
The camera used was a Nikon D3x, I have not as yet tried this combination with my Nikon D880E but hope to
test them out this coming weekend.
I love drama in an image,drama created with light and dark. the sun provides such drama at sunrise. (not so much this summer in the UK, rain prevails ad-nauseum )
The model provides the peaceful serenity of being alone on the beach watching the sunrise over the sea.
This image was taken around 4-30 am. I was hoping for a less clear sky as the sun rose, but as everything else, nothing happens on demand.
As usual it was a rush to get on the beach, after setting off early (too early) we arrived to find the sunrise happening happening already.
The pre dawn light had disappeared and was already giving way to the full blown sun. Most of the red sky was turning blue
and just leaving a strip of red orange glow on the horizon. I managed to get a few frames and poses before it
all turned blue. I hate a solid blue sky, no atmosphere at all.
I had planned to light up the subject with off camera flash, but the wind was blowing and gusting unexpectedly, and with time against us
that didn’t happen.
I used the sun to light the red Parasol and the red cloth panel which obviously left the model in
Still I like the way the image turned out. It was then back to car for sandwiches and a coffee from the flask, not the best but great after being on a cold windy beach.
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