Trying some stuff: Flash, hispeed sync modifiers

Gordon @ Convergent AV

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OK So got in tonight late, really knackered. Promised myself that I would try to see if I could get my cameras to sync at hispeeds as I want to try something outside during day when I get a mo.

Couldn't get my 5d to work at all with my pocketwizards. Got the G9 to sync at 1/1000th sec. Did these two self portraits.



 

Gordon @ Convergent AV

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I know Brammers. I had 30 minutes to just muck around and see what happened. I really want to take a day off and try to get the flash to work more effectively for me. I'm at home by myself for a few days but don't really have any time available just for photography....so I grab a moment and use myself as a model. It's not really terribly effective use of time though.

Cheers

Gordon
 

Brammers

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Fair enough :) In that case well done for getting it all set up on the G9 - wonder what's going on on the 5D?

Try setting the flash to optical strobe mode and the 5D to manual flash exposure, 1/32 or as low as it'll go - see if it works then. I'm not a big fan of pocketwizards tbh, unless you're really using the distance feature they seem massively over-engineered for what £5 worth of peanut will do.
 

Gordon @ Convergent AV

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I have a nut allergy hahahaha


The wizards have always worked before. No idea why they wont now. I did try 1/32 power. I dropped the 5d in my car yesterday but I doubt that is the problem I am sure it's something I've set somewhere when I've been doing other stuff. Not used the flash with the 5D in about 2 months....
 

jonnypb

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interesting experiment. i quite like #1 but i think i'd crop your face to remove the light bit to the left of you
 

tryingtimes

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Ignoring the flash technique (which I know nothing about), I like the balance of the first shot.
That small area of light on the left really adds to the picture and gives a depth to the situation.

It reminds me of those shots you see of photographers holding up negatives to the light in a darkroom.

On the second one, as rob says - it's got a posterised look, which I don't find appealing. Especially the highlight at the tip of the nose.

I like the experimentation though Gordon :thumbsup:
 

Gordon @ Convergent AV

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OK I can see the posterised look now I'm more awake and looking in daylight. It's not compression as such....but I can now see it and it doesn't look too pretty. Anyway more later if I get a chance...

Thanks for comments. I think the section on left balances it too. I thought about cropping it out but decided it added to the image.
 

richard plumb

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Maybe the 5D knows it can't sync at such high speeds so doesn't send a signal through the PCsync/hotshoe when you have a high shutter speed selected?
 

Tobers

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Bit confused about what you are trying to do here. Couldn't you achieve the same thing just by flashing the flash normal-style without the high-speed thingy?

Best you explain in the pub tonight...:beer:
 

ryart

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Bit off topic perhaps, but just want to say that I think the first picture is superb, albeit a bit scary. Particularly like the composition and the "echo" of the twigs in the bottom left part of the composition. Excellent.
 

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