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Old 16-10-2006, 16:29   #1 (permalink)
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I had a unusual request last weekend, the manager of the local Slate Caverns called to ask if I could photograph a wedding that was taking place, underground in the caverns, ( its a popular place to get married apparently).
Luckily I was at work on a twelve hour shift, so was unable to do the job.
It did get me thinking though, how would you approach photographing such an event ?, in almost total darkness with no power available for studio type lights, only on camera flash could be used, with no time to try out different settings beforehand.
I am tempted to approach the owners of the mine to see if I can go there to practice, just in case I get asked again.
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Old 16-10-2006, 18:28   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Unusual Request

Your only options really would be
1 direct flash which if you got the angles right could produce some really dramatic shadows
2 bounce flash depending i height or position to walls etc
3 point flash gun straight up and attach a warm coloured bit of card that is bent to reflect the light at the subject (not as harsh shadows)
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Why could you only have on camera flash???? Is the space in the cave limited that much that you wouldn't be able to take a portable/battery pack powered flash unit with slaves in? You could run as many heads as you'd need surely, if the space is limited then you wouldn't need a great deal of power output, even my Nikon flash head (sb-26) which i manually use on my Canon is more than capable of sitting a good 10 metres off my camera and firing when my on camera flash fires thus giving me more creative lighting.

You have so many choices open for situations like this, it would be nice to be able to experiment as i'm sure the carrying out of the task would be very hard to do indeed, but as far as equipment goes you are not limited. Have a browse of this site and you will find more than enough equipment for such a task, plus they hire it out (though not cheap) Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Photography Equipment - CALUMET
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Re: Unusual Request

As you are a Canon user you can easily set up a second flash unit or if you have a look in your Sigma Flash's manual you see that it can be triggered remotely either by remote control or by the light from a second flash unit. This means that almost any other flash (including the on camera unit) can act as a the trigger and you could position the Sigma elsewhere to become creative.

Its all about cost though in the end, and you are only limited by your budget and your own personal creativity...you could add in several other sigma or Canon units to get exactly the effects that you want.
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After thinking about it, I had come to almost the same conclusions about off camera flash.
Due to the size of the caverns it would be impossible to bounce the flash off the ceilings or walls, so the diffuser on the main flash, firing a slave would be the way to go.There would have been a lot of trial and error involved.
I have since found out that the largest problem would have been the time scale, the manager phoned me about two hours before the wedding was due to take place , not even enough time to charge batteries, so begging, borrowing or hiring extra equipment was out of the question.
I would still like to go down the mine with a couple of people and "have a go" though, it is, for me, a interesting challenge, who knows there may be a niche in the market for undergroung wedding photographers, I will not be giving up my day job just yet though

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You might want to try the old "painting with light" that people do - keep shutter open and rush around firing the flash at various significant/dramatic locations. Different colours work well too
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