I was out shooting a friend as a sort of birthday thing for her 21st birthday. We were shooting on an open bridge around 10AM and I was using my flash bracket until I noticed the shoe was breaking (Greatttt) and then my Sto-Fen fell off my flash, and down a 20 foot drop into a river. So, I ended up hand holding the flash. I tried exposing for the sky, which at ISO100 / f1.8 resulted in a 1/1250s, and shooting off my flash (both in eTTL and Manual - high speed sync always set).
When shooting in eTTL, she had that "flash" look to her. When shooting manual, anything less than full power would result in her being completely shadowed.
What do you guys reccomend? Or are there any books on outdoor lighting I should get and start reading?
The gear I used, if it helps: 1DMkIIn, 50 f/1.8, 430EXII.