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Old 08-12-2014, 06:24 PM   #1681
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Really like the composition of the third image


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Old 08-12-2014, 06:35 PM   #1682
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Thanks, the main issue I was trying for was preserving texture in the flowers and emphasizing that with the side light, a direct flash. The other two lights were umbrellas. They were all borderline overexposed (on purpose) to get as much detail as possible and then in most I brought down exposure about 1 full stop.
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:54 PM   #1683
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Great shots Walt- lighting is superb!


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Old 08-12-2014, 07:41 PM   #1684
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Exposure and lighting looked good on them. The first may have a slight loss of detail in one spot, but not sure if that was due to exposure ... I think it's due to focus. Not burned out, just soft.


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Old 08-13-2014, 01:44 PM   #1685
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Zoo time - more exposure testing

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Old 08-13-2014, 01:47 PM   #1686
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A few more

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I think it should be renamed the "Seraphim" thread.
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Great leaking faucet shot, seraphim! I like the animal shots, but that faucet shot really pops.
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Water and high shutter speeds are neat. Also sometimes slow shutter speeds. All photos taken in the kitchen sink with flash. That last one I printed 13x19 and it hangs in (where else?) the master bathroom.
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I think it should be renamed the "Seraphim" thread.

Let's not lol ... I enjoy seeing what everyone's doing.


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Nice water shots! Did you have the shutter in continuous mode?


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Great water shots, Walt! I like the last one the best. I can see why you got it framed.


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I'd gotten my Epson 2200 out of mothballs, and did a few test prints without calibrating anything, and the results were as expected: off. Then printed straight from my iPad ( using printer pro) and the results were about perfect. Kicked up brightness, saturation and contrast in the printer driver's advanced section, and the prints are practically spot on. Still need the laptop as interface between the printer ( non wifi) and the network, but that's no great bother. Beats messing with calibrations, ICCs, etc. relegates my Linux box to an archive machine, and since I do post production on the iPad anyway, it makes things easier.


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Nice water shots! Did you have the shutter in continuous mode?
No, all manual. Initially I started out with TTL flash but found that while the shutter lag is small and usually doesn't matter as with most people shots, it mattered here. So I put the two flashes (one on each side of the sink) on 1/2 manual, and used the pop-up on manual set just high enough to fire them. That still gave me f/11 at 1/250 sec. According to the SB-900 manual that gives a flash duration of 1/1100 sec.

I had the faucet open just enough to give about a one-drop-per-second drip and just started firing. Lots of throwaways of course but then some nice ones too.

As an aside, here's why they call 'em Speedlights. On manual you get some amazingly short flash duration times:

1/2550 sec at 1/4 output
1/5000 at 1/8
1/10,000 at 1/16
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1/335,700 at 1/64
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To get duration times that short in studio -size flashes you have to spend some bucks.
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No, all manual. Initially I started out with TTL flash but found that while the shutter lag is small and usually doesn't matter as with most people shots, it mattered here. So I put the two flashes (one on each side of the sink) on 1/2 manual, and used the pop-up on manual set just high enough to fire them. That still gave me f/11 at 1/250 sec. According to the SB-900 manual that gives a flash duration of 1/1100 sec.

I had the faucet open just enough to give about a one-drop-per-second drip and just started firing. Lots of throwaways of course but then some nice ones too.

As an aside, here's why they call 'em Speedlights. On manual you get some amazingly short flash duration times:

1/2550 sec at 1/4 output
1/5000 at 1/8
1/10,000 at 1/16
1/120,000 at 1/32
1/335,700 at 1/64
1/338,500 at 1/128

To get duration times that short in studio -size flashes you have to spend some bucks.

It was nicely done.

But I'm not allowed to take camera gear near water anymore *grin*



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Just bought an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver) from BH Photo/Video. It should be delivered next week. I plan on taking it to Europe next month. I didn't want to lug around my DSLR so I am hoping this camera suits my needs. Does anyone have any experience with these?


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Just bought an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver) from BH Photo/Video. It should be delivered next week. I plan on taking it to Europe next month. I didn't want to lug around my DSLR so I am hoping this camera suits my needs. Does anyone have any experience with these?
No, but please do post on what you like and don't like about it.

While I love the range of options I get with a DSLR and a number of lenses and flashes, it does make for a heavy backpack. I don't go on hikes with it but more to family gatherings and the occasional museum or park.
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