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Oct 01, 2009 19:35 |  #1

I was playing around the other afternoon with a new technique for me. Here are the particulars:
85L, f/1.2, Shutter = 4000, Flash on a bracket. Pics are SOOC and cropped.

Please let me know what you see and how I could have improved these shots.

Thanks for your help!

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Oct 01, 2009 19:48 |  #2

Needs more depth of field. Shallow depth gives it out of focus spots in the overall picture.


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Oct 01, 2009 21:05 |  #3

+1 on more DOF.


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Oct 01, 2009 21:15 |  #4

I'm a little obsessed with the f/1.2 :) I'll work on the DOF...

Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated. I'm trying to learn everything I can.


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Oct 02, 2009 01:24 |  #5

love the crop of the head up close...lots of detail! Great markings around the eye!


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Oct 02, 2009 03:43 |  #6

You certainly don't need 1/4000 for a static parrot unless you have very shaky hands :lol:


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Oct 02, 2009 04:14 |  #7

artyman wrote in post #8745874 (external link)
You certainly don't need 1/4000 for a static parrot unless you have very shaky hands :lol:

I think he used it to under-expose the ambient light to get a different lighting effect. I like it.




  
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Oct 02, 2009 05:44 |  #8

int2str wrote in post #8745930 (external link)
I think he used it to under-expose the ambient light to get a different lighting effect. I like it.

That wouldn't work. You can see by the EXIF that he used Tv Mode with no Exposure Compensation. Firing the Flash when all the settings are done by the camera wouldn't have that effect.


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Oct 02, 2009 07:33 |  #9

int2str wrote in post #8745930 (external link)
I think he used it to under-expose the ambient light to get a different lighting effect. I like it.

That was what I was going for - I had read it from someone here. I tried several shutter speeds (8000 to 1000) until I got the effect I wanted.

canonloader wrote in post #8746081 (external link)
That wouldn't work. You can see by the EXIF that he used Tv Mode with no Exposure Compensation. Firing the Flash when all the settings are done by the camera wouldn't have that effect.

But it did produce the effect I was looking for. It was the middle of the afternoon on a clear day. Did I get lucky? I want to understand what I did (or what to do differently) to be able to reproduce the result.

Thanks for the help!


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Oct 02, 2009 08:00 |  #10

In effect, what you did was use Fill Flash settings. I usually use Av Mode for that, and set my 550ex to put out just the amount of light needed to fill in the shadow areas. It's a technique usually used when the subject is backlit. But Tv Mode will do it also, you just have little or no control over the depth of field, since the camera sets the aperture.

Here's a thread that discusses Fill Flash a little more.


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Oct 02, 2009 10:05 |  #11

canonloader wrote in post #8746457 (external link)
In effect, what you did was use Fill Flash settings. I usually use Av Mode for that, and set my 550ex to put out just the amount of light needed to fill in the shadow areas. It's a technique usually used when the subject is backlit. But Tv Mode will do it also, you just have little or no control over the depth of field, since the camera sets the aperture.

Here's a thread that discusses Fill Flash a little more.

Excellent! Thank you!


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