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By Philo  
Another from our hols in Kusadasi. This time my son, Ryan, jumping on the beach as the sun sets over the sea. This was the only evening we saw any cloud during the sunset. Not sure if the pier adds or detracts but it was difficult to keep it out of the shot and if I panned left then I got a land mass instead. Flash mounted on hotshoe and fired on full power. I would have preferred to have the flash off-camera but that restricts me to 1/200th second shutter speed.
All comments welcome as usual.

Tags: Sunset Beach Sea Turkey Kusadasi Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 12:09AM
There's no need for off-camera flash here.
Exposure is good for both parts, foreground and background. You could have moved back and used a longer focal length to narrow the angle of view, the zoom in the flash would have compensated for the longer distance. That would have enabled you to exclude the pier.

With flash, you don't need a fast shutter speed - the short duration of the flash will freeze the motion.

One more thing, I would have liked to see the arms outstretched....the jump and timing is good, but it doesn't say "exuberance" to me, and that's what I feel it needs.


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Philo Plus
6 99 83 England
29 Aug 2012 10:31AM

Quote:There's no need for off-camera flash here.

Possibly not, Nick, but I prefer the directional light and it gives me the flexibility to move around and use longer focal lengths without touching the flash. As I was already on full power and narrow beam I felt that moving back would only cause under exposure.

Quote:With flash, you don't need a fast shutter speed - the short duration of the flash will freeze the motion.

That was my understanding too but I was suffering from motion blur. I have uploaded V2 as an example. I don't mind the movement in the arm but I think it lacks overall sharpness.
I agree about the arms and Megan shows Ryan how to do it on V2.Wink
Thanks again for the feedback.

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