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Jun 25, 2011 07:14 |  #1

My city finally got an NHL team back. I went to the NHL draft party at the arena just to see them announce the new/old teams name. They also raffled off a set of season tickets which I did not win :(

There were a few photographers walking around at ice level taking shots of the crowds. One had the flash pointed strait up with the flashes bounce card pulled up. The rafters were only about 100 feet high. I could not figure out why someone would do that.


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Jun 25, 2011 07:32 |  #2

Hmmmm... You wouldn't happen to be in Winnipeg would you?


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Jun 25, 2011 09:52 |  #3

Well yes and thanks for asking. Very exciting times.


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Jun 25, 2011 09:55 |  #4

the light that reflects off the bounce card is enough for a small amount of fill, without being too harsh.




  
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Jun 25, 2011 10:01 |  #5

Either (a) they got caught up in the moment and forgot their flash was pointing straight up, (b) they were triggering some remote ettl flashes or (c) they have no idea how to use an on board flash.


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Jun 25, 2011 10:12 |  #6

There was no (b) scenario so I'm pretty sure it was (c). I was just amazed by that.


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Jun 25, 2011 10:30 |  #7

Congrats on getting the team back. Now that I moved to Connecticut, I'd like to see the Whalers back as well.


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Jun 25, 2011 11:19 |  #8

Even more interesting when those types shoot a portrait in a full room!




  
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Jun 25, 2011 11:22 |  #9

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Congrats on getting the team back. Now that I moved to Connecticut, I'd like to see the Whalers back as well.

Yes I remember them from the WHA days. Gordie Howe and then sons in the NHL.


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the light that reflects off the bounce card is enough for a small amount of fill, without being too harsh.

How can you have fill if the main light is not doing anything? I would have just shot direct. That card is not big enough to do anything on it's own.


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Jun 25, 2011 12:43 |  #11

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How can you have fill if the main light is not doing anything? I would have just shot direct. That card is not big enough to do anything on it's own.

Exactly, the fill card is probably smaller than the size of the flash head in the first place. While it is throwing some light forward, it is seriously wasting power and blasting annoying bright light for no reason.


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Jun 25, 2011 13:13 |  #12

Uh oh, another one of these threads:rolleyes:


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Uh oh, another one of these threads:rolleyes:

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Jun 25, 2011 15:05 |  #14

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Exactly, the fill card is probably smaller than the size of the flash head in the first place. While it is throwing some light forward, it is seriously wasting power and blasting annoying bright light for no reason.

In this particular situation, you're probably correct, but I have done that from time to time when the lowest power setting on my flash wasn't low enough for a close shot, when I needed just a little fill. So I aimed it up and pulled out the bounce card to get just a little light from the flash, intentionally wasting the rest.


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Jun 25, 2011 17:11 as a reply to  @ archer1960's post |  #15

I will use my Joe Demb...

I will use my Joe Demb Flash Diffuser Pro when there is nothing off which to bounce or if the ceiling is too high and/or too dark to bounce off.

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The Flash Diffuser Pro consists of two parts, the diffuser in front and the FlipIt reflector which is adjustable in angle and will provide better (not great but better) lighting than straight on direct flash.

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