Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fun with a flashgun - balancing strobe and ambient light

The objective of this exercise is to expose the background (in this case, the sky) to a desired brightness while controlling the flash intensity to expose the subject properly.

Because I don’t have a willing victim to experiment on, I borrowed the housemate’s figurine for this exercise.

The figurine is rather small, about 10 cm in height. It had to be a close focus shot, resulting in very shallow depth of field. The flare of lights in the background are lights from the port a few km away and the view in the sunset-direction was dominated by antennas.



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Super-Takumar 50mm/1.4, wide open.






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Super-Takumar 50mm/1.4, exposed at f/5.6 or thereabouts. Cropped.


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