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Old 07-11-2009, 08:36   #1 (permalink)
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Decided to try some off camera flash on two recent running events.

Running events normally require machine gunning (just over 7000 shots last Sun) so using flash is always going to present challenges, not least having enough juice but also making sure the flash doesn't cook itself with continuous firing.

On Sun I was taking three shots at a time on 1/16th power and the flash ran for quite a while. When it had enough I alternated with the 5D to allow the flash time to recover.

I decided to mount the flash as low as possible so that you don't get quite so obvious shadows.

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I don't think I'd have got the boy's face with the flash mounted on the camera.
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Re: Off camera flash bodge

Very creative!! I love seeing stuff like this and the excellent results that come as a result of a little thought and 'Blue Peter' creativity

Stage two must be a two flash setup?
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Very creative!! I love seeing stuff like this and the excellent results that come as a result of a little thought and 'Blue Peter' creativity

Stage two must be a two flash setup?
Thanks Steve

Not sure what advantage I'd get with 2 flashes? I can understand having them quite a distance apart but that needs flash IR control and/or pocket wizard type units?

You'd also need a ball head to use lenses that don't have a collar.
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Re: Off camera flash bodge

Like the setup, although lighting from below does create an unatural look to shots, as we have become so accustomed to lighting from above.
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Like the setup, although lighting from below does create an unatural look to shots, as we have become so accustomed to lighting from above.
My thoughts exactly, but I think this set up is designed for specific situations and would work well as a fill.

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Like the setup, although lighting from below does create an unatural look to shots, as we have become so accustomed to lighting from above.
Which is why I suggested the next step to be a two flash arrangement
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Which is why I suggested the next step to be a two flash arrangement
You'd need muscles on your arms like bees knees to carry it far though wouldn't you? Or is Canon stuff light?
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