Brisbane Strobist Meet #5.

Powerhouse Store,

Newfarm, Brisbane,

Qld. Australia.

Strobist info: SB-600 into brolly box camera left at 1/4 power (maybe 1/2 power). Possibly a monobloc triggered by optical slave also camera left, and another opticaly triggered flash on camera right.

To be honest, there were a lot of flashes, sometimes more went off than others.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 17th August 2008, This photo: 11:11am

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  • -Bennie- said:
    WOW Dave. This a darn great shot. the light actually works really well.
    The model's features expression is great... a top shot mate!:-)
  • MichelleLegg.com said:
    is he sitting down or did he jump in the air?
  • petepothole said:
    What Bennie Said!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Bennie. I got a LOT of out-of-focus shots during the jumping as the focus tracking on the 400d is less than ideal. But the ones that worked, worked well :)
    He's a good 4 feet in the air here Michelle and heading towards me at full pelt. I may have some video as I got Kara to grab snippets with the S2IS every now and then (but I've not gone through any of it yet to see if it's usable).
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Pete! You snuck in there while I was typing.
  • Xenedis said:
    Very effective. Is the clean black background natural, or did you burn it?
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Ah I was looking forward to the results of this meet! (Me having no gear and church commitments means I can't come)
    Top shot Dave, I'm sure the dancers will be very pleased!
  • -Bennie- said:
    David de Groot out of focus shots.. hmmm. i know ALL about that problem... i've got a 5 and 2 year old... i struggle constantly with the 400D's auto-focus and particularly even on fast lens like the 70-200L.... i set it on auto-servo mode but it's still difficult. it seems hit and miss to me most of the time.
    i've just had a look at the properties of this shot f/5.0.. yep. totally understandable, however with you're background there's nothing really to blur out.... f/5.0 is a great choice. you get a big enough depth of field to get the model in, yet still have a fast enough shutter speed to capture a 'snap-shot moment in time'! :-)
    nice work! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Mostly natural. There was an unfortunately blue curtain on the left that was a bit more reflective than the black sheet we'd hung up, so it got a slight exposure adjustment ;-)
    I hope they'll be pleased, I'm not entirely confident I managed to capture the dance shots as well as I'd like to have, but we'll see in time.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah Ai-Servo mode on this one too. The 50/1.8 which I started with was waaaaay too slow to AF and thus I think 99% of them were OOF. The 70-200 did an admirable job of compensating for the body, but even it couldn't salvage all of them.
    f/5.0 was chosen based on flash exposure really. Since the background was intended to be black, I could have shot at f/11 for more depth had we had enough light to do so, but we'd have needed some small suns to manage that, and probably cooked our models in the process ;-)
  • HPVD Photos said:
    A lot of work there, but it looks like it payed of, nice shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed, I'm buggered and about to turn in for the night.
  • scrapjo said:
    Nice once again Dave, but please do me a favour and tag it BNE-SA6, not 5. I have a hard enough time on the computer without you tricking me!!! So looking forward to all your other photos
  • schmick.01 said:
    Jumping -> the coolness.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah crap, see what happens when you tag stuff when you're tired ;-)
    All fixed now.
    Aye, indeed :)
  • australianphotographer said:
    Nice work, Dave! :-) Nice to have met you as well!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, Likewise :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    great focusing :) I find focusing difficult when the object is still, so this is just stellar in my world ! :)
  • David de Groot said:
    hehe Well the camera did most of the work, I just had to stay on target :)
  • Margot- said:
    Oh wow, the timing is excellent!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Margot :) It definitely paid to switch to the 70-200 as the 50mm just wasn't keeping up with the movement.
  • lifemusicmedia said:
    Outstanding... great work David.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Stuart :)
  • Adam Bolt Photography said:
    Hey Dave... This is the guy that was on So You Think You Can Dance that made it to the top 40 but did his knee in right!...Love the shot BTW.
    Cheers Adam
  • David de Groot said:
    Really ? Well I'll be. There you go then, a "before they were famous" shot ;-)