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This is my first attempt at using rear curtain slow sync flash to portray movement, using the flash on my camera.

I steadied my camera on a table and took a few shots hoping to get a pleasing composition.

This was the best one I got.

I'd be grateful for any opinions and advice.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Sep 2012 - 7:53 PM
Focal Length:20mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:0.5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Greek Dancers
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:8 Oct 2012 - 9:19 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, General
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32335 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:39 PM

A wonderful image, certainly no problems capturing the movement. A wonderfully composed and clearly thought out composition, which I admire greatly. My only suggestion would be to under expose slightly maybe by as much as 1 stop, just enough to bring out the motion.

Regards Nathan

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Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 2Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:44 PM

Brilliant shot using a quite difficult technique! Just one suggestion would be to clone out the ladys third leg! Otherwise spot on,,,regards Ian

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NDODS e2 Member 32335 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:49 PM

Just added a possible mod, however I think I failed quite miserably. SadSadSad

Regards Nathan

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 9:17 AM

What a superb 'Zorbaese' dance! I do feel that although I realise this was by way of experimentation, a normal flash shot of this would look even better. Better still if you could have moved around to include all of the band.

Frank

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2670 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 2:20 PM

Its a good effort, and now you know what it does. Try using it at a bus stop or a subway and you will get trails behind the moving subway and not in front as many people do.

I think the clothing being very bright reduced the impact of the effect, but its worth a try.

Nathan has a point, and Ive uploaded a mod with the darker areas more black to see if it helps.


regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 4:49 PM

I think you made a mistake here. Not really what second curtain does well due to movement here in all three dimensions. The framing, exposure and so on is great, but a slow shutter speed with normal synch would be better.

Paul

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
9 Oct 2012 - 6:50 PM

Hi Nathan,

Sorry I didn't have time to reply to you last night..............I uploaded my shot, but was so tired I went straight to bed!

Anyway, thank you very much for the mod - you have not failed at all..........I think your suggestion is very valid and I think it's a great idea GrinGrinGrin I'm definitely going to try out your suggestion for this image.

Thanks for all of your support - it's great to hear from you.

Take Care

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
9 Oct 2012 - 6:54 PM

Hey Ian,

Thanks for taking the time to comment, and your advice re: the 3rd leg, which I'll take on board.

I've just checked out your pf - some fab shots there pet!

By the way........I agree totally - taking photos is a great way to chill outSmile

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
9 Oct 2012 - 7:00 PM

Hi Frank,

Thanks for commenting, the dancers were great - I love to watch traditional Greek dancing!

I intend to try normal flash the next time I have a scene like this.

I cropped this shot to exclude the full band to the right of the dancers - my reasoning was to bring full attention to the dancing action. I'll consider including the band in the final version of the image though, so thanks for that tip.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
9 Oct 2012 - 7:07 PM

Hi Willie,

Yes, I think I'll experiment with this technique a bit more - I think it could produce some interesting shots.

Thanks for the mod, I think that the darkening to certain areas does enhance the representation of the movement a bit.

Much appreciation Smile

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
9 Oct 2012 - 7:20 PM

Hi Paul,

Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts.

I take your point that second curtain was probably not the best technique to use here.

My intention was to find out what effects would be produced, in this instance, by trying out the second curtain technique............I have now learned more about my camera and photography.

I'm pleased you think the framing, exposure and so on are great.

Cheers

Elaine

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