An exercise in cross light balancing.

Not quite there as the forehead blew out with the sun, but it's close.

Strobist info: Vivitar 285HV on camera stand to camera left at 1/4 power with a 1/2 CTO gel, Sun to camera right and slightly begind subject. Subject very close to camera. f/6.3, 1/160, iso 100.

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View all photos taken: Saturday, 5th January 2008, This photo: 6:21pm

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  • theccr23 said:
    very nice.
  • James Ottaway said:
    Darn setting sun! Nice shot Dave, not that I am in any way biased... I think I need to clean my glasses too.

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  • David de Groot said:

    I'm still practicing with the flash balancing outside. The sun was still pretty darn bright (maybe a smaller aperture would have been the go?). I'm definitely glad I CTO'd the flash though as the couple of shots I took before that were quite awful with the bright white light on one side and rich gold from the sun on the other.
  • ronnietan15 said:
    nothing wrong with the blown out forehead, it hides jame's imperfections :P

    nah kidding, its not too blown out, enough to give it perspective but not enough to ruin the photo. sometimes its very odd to look at a face and see no shadows even though its obvious the sun is only radiating one side of the face imo
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true. Still, I think there is enough shadow to lend definition. It's an interesting technique and not one I've had the luxury of being able to try before now.
  • James Ottaway said:
    Haha, you'll keep...

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  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    This is something i've been looking at as well.. I think you need to increase the power of the flash and drop exposure by a stop or two so the sunlight isn't dominating the scene so much. I like the shot though and the little bit of contrast between the cooler left side and warmer right is quite nice, emphasis on the setting sun.

    Nice work.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, I'd metered the background at about a stop and a half / two stops under exposed and went with that, but didn't factor in on the brightness of the sun on his forehead. Still practicing and this one in particular was a spur of the moment one.