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my session with Laine - 'dark hair splendor' - with new pocket wizards

 
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Apr 24, 2009 00:17 |  #1

This is the first time i worked with Laine.

The new pocket wizards makes this off camera flash method almost too easy now..

it is like i don't have to think what my setting should be and just fire away.. crazy..

i am so used to working things in manual, chimp shots are now hopefully a thing of the past.. (before i always take like 5 chimp shots to get my setting right)

my goal is to make my photos have the unique lighting that urban photography style has taken on..

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Apr 24, 2009 00:41 |  #2

Oh I was just reading about those - can't wait to get my hands on some too!! So they make it pretty easy huh?

#4 and #5 are my favs - she is just stunning. I wasn't sure I liked #5 with her pose, but the more I looked at it, it just really stands out to me!! I don't like the orange cast on #1 and #6 though.


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Apr 24, 2009 00:45 |  #3

Nicole Faith wrote in post #7793353 (external link)
! I don't like the orange cast on #1 and #6 though.

yea..i couldn't get rid of it.. the combo of the sunset , she was facing the sun.. and the light from my softbox and the red shirt.. nightmare..

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Apr 24, 2009 00:52 |  #4

Hey Pham nice job. I especially like #6. What were your exposures?


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Apr 24, 2009 01:01 |  #5

StanNJ1 wrote in post #7793414 (external link)
Hey Pham nice job. I especially like #6. What were your exposures?

thanks stan

that is funny.. because the other poster said she didn't like 6.. ha ha..it is all subjective i know..

focal length 155.. almost racked out..
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Apr 24, 2009 02:04 |  #6

I think pocket wizards are in my future :lol:


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Apr 24, 2009 06:47 |  #7

I like #6 and #8 the best. Nice series.


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Apr 24, 2009 07:04 |  #8

phamster, aren't you afraid of going down one of those alleys when it is getting dark?




  
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Apr 24, 2009 08:56 |  #9

Phamster love your work, especially 1 & 6 being my fav.


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Apr 24, 2009 09:38 |  #10

phamster wrote in post #7793374 (external link)
yea..i couldn't get rid of it.. the combo of the sunset , she was facing the sun.. and the light from my softbox and the red shirt.. nightmare..

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I actually really like the 'orange cast' as it adds the warmth of a setting sun.




  
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Apr 24, 2009 09:43 |  #11

Again Very Nice Pham!!

Did you run into any issues with HSS that you saw with the PWs. What was the highest you achieved in any of the shots?
Were you shooting eTTL or Manual?


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Apr 24, 2009 10:49 |  #12

Very nice stuff!

What kind of lighting attachments were you using?

I love the soft spot light type effects on the alley shots!




  
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Apr 24, 2009 11:58 |  #13

#2 is my fave...all look great


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Apr 24, 2009 12:42 |  #14

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Again Very Nice Pham!!

Did you run into any issues with HSS that you saw with the PWs. What was the highest you achieved in any of the shots?
Were you shooting eTTL or Manual?

HSS is not issue, but power is less as shutter goes up.. and softbox modifier.

i was able to get shutters speeds up high but since i started around 7:50 pm or so.. shutters speeds didn't need to be that high..

ok... my camera was in manual.. i feel more comfortable this way.. don't know why.. but i like to control all aspects of my shooting..

but the flash system was in ETTL mode.. works good..

i do have a couple issues with the pocket wizards flex..

when flex unit is on camera.. and the thumb dial is fully turned and seated.. the flex still wobbles in my 5D MK II hot shoe.. very dissapointed in that.. and for being the industry standard device.. the male part that goes into the metal hot shoe of the camera is made out of ABS plastic.. WT? <<< crazy dissapointed..

next issue is the radio noise issue.. My Canon 580EXII is apparently very noisey.. this has been discussed in the pocket wizard thread.. PW states it is canon's fault for making units with out tighter specs on shielding.

there are 2 solutions to this..

1. move the flex way from the noisy flash with a bracket flash cord.. most of us have them.

2. shield the flash away from the flex unit.. which i think i am going to mod or fab one out.. being i am in manufacturing.. ha ha.. easy fix.

it works like as if is corded. range i havent' tested out yet..

and my shutter speed @ 1/400 and 1/500 is not working - black bands down low second curtain is showing.. but the 1/640 on up to 1/8000 is sweet.. i tested that out already..

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Apr 24, 2009 12:58 |  #15

Are these the new FlexTT5 ones?


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