An Afternoon Of Bokeh And Shadows

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Went for a little stroll at a nearby park here in Shonandai to give my little DIY flash filter holder a test. Just a couple of plastics and some electrical tapes really. Nothing magical. Here are some photos from the formidable 50mm 1.4D. I really love this lens.

Red and blue gels from right of camera. The accents were kinda weird though but I like them anyway. =)

Sunlight accented with a half CTO…

Red gel from left…

God bless everyone…

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Repeating Flash (SU800/SB600)

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There is much information that say SB600’s are not capable of repeating flash (RPT). Well, in a way, yes and no. Yes in the sense that unlike the SB800’s and SB900’s, there is no option to change the mode to RPT in the speedlight itself. And no in the sense that when coupled with a master unit (SB700, SB800, SB900, SU800) that is capable of RPT, the SB600 is just fine when in remote mode. I have not tried pop-up commanders though.

In the SB600 manual, the only mention of repeating flash is in page 61. It says, “If wireless repeating flash has been set on the master flash unit, remote flash units such as the SB600 will also perform repeating flash operation”. Brilliant. So I decided to give this handy little feature a go.

Setting the SU800 commander:

  • Set the SU800 to commander mode. (The switch is inside the battery compartment)
  • Press and hold SEL button for approximately 2 seconds to toggle between the Repeating and Commander flash operations. Confirm that the RPT is selected and displayed.
  • Set channel and group. My current settings here was channel 1 group A. The 3 dashes (see group C) mean that group is not firing, otherwise it is firing (see group A and B). Never mind group B since I don’t have flashes under group B.

Setting the flash output level, frequency and number of repeating flashes per frame:

  • Manual flash output level can be set in 1 step increment/decrement from 1/8 to 1/128. (No iTTL)
  • Frequency is the number of times the flash fires in a second. I’m using this computation as my rough approximation: [shutter speed x frequency = number of repeating flashes]. i.e. My shutter speed here is 1 second so 1 sec x 10 Hz = 10 fires.

Some sample shots from this test. Subject used was just a simple lamp. Nothing fancy really…

With a red gel…

Multiple exposure feature on the D3. I also like this in-camera feature as well. I cannot do this with my Canon. Of course, Photoshop can handle this stuff in a more sophisticated way. Nevertheless, being able to do this in camera is definitely brilliant if you ask me.

Settings (all images): 1sec @ f14 @ ISO200

Looking forward to use this feature in a more sophisticated way in the future. God bless everyone…

CP+ 2011

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The CP+ 2011 photo and imaging show in Pacifico Yokohama, Japan has already concluded yesterday. Well, I knew in my heart of hearts the cost of going there…drooling, craving, hankering, yearning…you know, all the symptoms of the dreaded Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Nonetheless, I went later in the afternoon despite the freezing temperature and light rain showers. Thankfully, admission was free for the last two days. Overall, I had a good time albeit short. It was worth the, uh.., sacrifice after all. Anyway, more information about CP+ 2011 can be viewed on this link.

The provided pass. Neat, isn’t it?

The usual names in the imaging industry, among others. (Simple collage done using online tool http://www.photovisi.com, hence the watermark.)

I found these gorgeous little cuties in the Pentax corner on my way out. Flashy, aren’t they? Too bad they don’t offer free name engraving on the lenses. It would have been sweeter if you ask me.

God bless everyone…

Window Light

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We often associate white with purity, cleanliness, and peace (though in other countries, white represents mourning and death). White is also a prevalent background color in photography. It’s one of those background colors that can cause the subject to “pop” a bit more. Additionally, many colors are wonderfully emphasized when placed against a white background.

There are loads of ways to achieve a white background. White seamless papers are very common in studios. You can even put virtually anything on a white background using Photoshop. Bedsheets, white boards, window lights, unused calendars, white walls, … the list can go on.

In the stitched image above, the subject was placed against a window (window light) to obtain a white background. Also, a red-gelled SB600 was placed on the right of camera for the red highlights.

(It rarely snows here in Yokohama during winter seasons. That is why it is just beautiful to see the falling snowflakes outside right now, however fleeting and cold…)