Weekly Photo Contest (Aug. 8th - 15th) - Single Strobe

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  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Weekly Photo Contest (Aug 8th - 15th): Single Strobe

    Rules:

    1. You may only submit one photo per contest.

    2. The contest runs for exactly one week, from the first time stamp of the first post in the thread (this will be made by the winner of the previous week's contest).

    3. Please refrain from commenting on the photos submitted in the contest. A good photograph is one that can appeal to someone who may not know much about the technical aspects of photography, so it would be best if the judge isn't swayed by someone else's opinion of the photograph.

    4. The judge will choose his/her favorite at the end of the week, place a post listing it, and include a short synopsis of why he/she chose that photo. The winner is then responsible for choosing a new topic and starting a new contest thread, which will again run for exactly one week.

    This week's theme: Single Strobe

    This theme is admittedly a bit selfish as I'm just learning to use a strobe (flash) and I'm really keen to see what everyone here has been able to accomplish with a single strobe, either as the sole light source or to augment the natural/ambient light. On camera or off, with a modifier or not, doesn't matter. While it's not necessary to reveal your secrets, any insights you are willing to reveal about your lighting technique would likely of interest to many, especially me. :)

    Good luck!
     
  2. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    I'm choosing to ignore rule 3. Since OP wants tips on how to use his own flash, I think we should concisely explain how we set up the shot.
    Canon XSi, 50mm 1.8 II, Flash attached to camera and bounced off a nearby wall.
     
  3. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    Rule 3 is intended to keep people from posting their reactions/opinions on other entries so as to not unduly influence the judging. However, photographers can certainly add explanations or descriptive "captions" to their own entries to help explain the photo, their intentions, locations, techniques, etc. or the story behind the picture. That would not be out of line with rule 3 since you're talking about your own photo and helping everyone, including the judge, understand it better.
     
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  5. slieu92 macrumors regular

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    used a speedlite 430ex ii. i forgot the power :p
     

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  6. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    Corporate Portrait

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    Taken with a 430EXII thru a white umbrella at full power.
    Shot with 50D and a 17-55f/2.8IS.
     
  7. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    I literally just got my first "real" flash a few weeks ago and have been learning how to use it. This was with my SB600, hand held above the dogwood and I think the diffuser was on it. Not sure about the power but I didn't adjust anything except the distance that I was holding it from the plant.

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  8. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    Not quite sure if this counts!

    I don't actually own a proper flash but a small one that I can use off my Lomo camera that I can fire independently of it!

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  9. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Underground (VII) /Becky

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    This photo is from a recent trip to London, me and my girlfriend went to see one of our favourite bands (The Dandy Warhols). We haven't seen each other since June so we spent the entire day travelling around London. We spent a fair amount of time on the underground, this is a homage to a friends photo I once saw, I loved the endless escalator in their photo and really wanted to recreate it myself.

    Taken on my Olympus OM40 with a 0.40x Fish Eye Adaptor and Olympus T 20 Flash with baking paper :eek: as a diffuser.

    I hope using diffusers are accepted.

    Thanks pdxflint, I did always think these contests are like a library, everyone has to stay silent :p
     
  10. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    hmm.. single flash, on camera, low angle, 105mm macro and strobe mode with the flash.
    The whole set up took 10 minutes to set up and exactly 4 frames to shoot. I will answer any questions you have about it after the contest is over :) .. Oh yea f10 @ 1/60th of a sec ad 1/8th of power.
     

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  11. TRDannic macrumors newbie

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    Dum Dum Girls

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    She is the Drummer for Dum Dum Girls. Shot at The High Dive, Seattle for Back Beat Seattle music review website. She and the rest of the band were in almost complete darkness except for the very dim amber coloured spot lights.

    Nikon D50 with a mounted SB-25. Fist time using an external flash
     
  13. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    Last call for photos... I plan to close this contest and determine a winner in about 12hrs... (noon Pacific time Sunday). :)
     
  14. gnd macrumors 6502a

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    One off camera strobe pointed at my niece, I used a 3-stop ND and a CPL to get the ambient dark enough for the flash to make the subject pop.
     
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    My grandad on fathers day. Just using the regular flash, but it was in addition to the natural sunlight coming from my left and still preserved the darkness from my right too.

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    ISO 125, 45mm, f/6.3 1/100
     
  17. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    Am I the only one that understood the contest as meaning an off camera flash- Not a pop up flash or a strobe on camera?
     
  18. steviem macrumors 68020

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    On camera or off, maybe that was why we all 'misunderstood' the rules ;)
     
  19. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    The contest is now closed... I'll post my feedback and name a winner shortly.
     
  20. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    As it turns out, this is an extremely difficult topic to judge (at least for me). I mean there is such a broad array of uses for Flash as demonstrated here, that it creates a real challenge.

    Here are my thoughts when looking at these photos...

    Xander562: Very natural looking lighting and one of the challenges to using a flash in my opinion... trying to make it look as natural as possible.

    Maxxamillian: Beautiful model and dress with a stunning back drop. It's definitely an eye catching photo. Can you elaborate more on how you lit this?

    Davegregory: Very artistic with a pleasant use of depth of field and lighting. Again, can you elaborate on how you lit this?

    slieu92: Very cool effect. Interesting idea.

    MattSepeta: Well lit and exposed... surprising to me that it's only a single strobe given the lack of any shadows... Is that the umbrella at work?

    JDDavis: Awesome color and isolation of the leaves.

    acearchie: Cool idea. Yet another way to use a strobe type light source to interesting effect.

    Schtumple: Very nice picture and I think you captured the endless escalator well and the lighting is good... it's impossible to tell you used a flash. However I'm not sure about the key-hole effect... was that necessitated by the fish-eye lens?

    flosseR: Awesome capture. Did the subject hurt his hand? :)

    TRDannic: I really like the soft lighting, the picture gives the dog a lot of characters. Can you let me know how you lit this?

    joepunk: That backdrop is a bit distracting and the moment of capture is a bit strange. It's not a very flattering shot of her.

    gnd: This strikes me as a very challenging shot to get right. I imagine it probably took a few photos to get this setup and lit the way you wanted. The end result is very effective.

    luminosity: Pretty good for pop-up flash... no harsh shadows visible from this angle.

    steviem: Really nice lighting. In fact, it's hard to believe you used a flash. If you really did :p , then this is a great blend.

    panoz7: Very cool shot.

    I think the best portraits belong to steviem and Schtumple.

    I think the most challenging shots belong to flosseR and gnd.

    I think the best non portrait belongs to panoz7.

    Given these 5 great photos, it's really difficult to choose a winner but I'm going to go with the panoz7's shot.

    Panoz7, it's up to you to pick a topic for next week and start the thread.
     
  21. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks VirtualRain! I'll have the new contest up in the morning.
     
  22. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    Great entries this week too...and superb photo panoz 7. JDDavis, I also loved your photo ...great lighting!
    Can't wait for new contest!
     
  23. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for judging VirtualRain and great job!



    Thanks pukifloyd. On to the next one:D
     

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