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Wonderfully Weird

By jonwebber
I wish I knew how this worked. Alasdair Bampton's Sunday Afternoon Project showcases some of his music pupils half a dozen times a year. This is Lynsey, who really has a wonderful voice.

So, one flashgun, offset mounted on camera, about 200 - 250 mm to the left of the lens centre. A second, slave, flashgun on a shelf about a metre above Lynsey's head just to brighten the background. Standard sync setting on both units. So how is the printing on the mic clear and sharp, in the original, and all that motion blur around most of Lynsey's face? I may never know . . .

Tags: Project Sunday Afternoon Flash and lighting Alasdair Bamptons

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 Nov 2011 11:25AM
I can't answer your question, Jon, but I will say that she has wonderful hair Smile Carol

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2011 11:38AM
Weird for sure....
Dont think she will thankyou for this image .Wink
Tho' like Carol love the colour of her hair!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
7 Nov 2011 1:22PM
maybe she has a twin we cannot see?

Seriously, I have no idea what happened!
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
7 Nov 2011 1:42PM
And what is that amber like arm reaching out to her hand? Mystified as you by the result but agree about her gorgeous hair Wink
7 Nov 2011 2:03PM
looks like a wee bit of motion blur and reflected light from the stunning hair i will have a sheer and come back for a look probably Trevor will know

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2011 2:50PM
She keeps the mike steady as she sings!
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2011 2:53PM
I wonder if it is a secondary image caused by the flashes firing slightly out of synch with each other?
On second thoughts, I think you may have been using rear curtain flash synch which would have combined with your very slow shutter speed and subject movement to leave a residual image of the beginning of the head movement while the end of the movement is recorded as a 'normal' exposure. At least I think that's how it works Smile
7 Nov 2011 7:21PM
sounds good to me Smile
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Nov 2011 10:04AM
Mr Wooly Bill's explanation no2 would be mine, only he expressed it better than I could do it. I used to play a lot with that doing stage shots (till I decided to go for a fast lens and no flash instead)
Having said al that, it looks absolutely great. A real show picture!
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
19 Nov 2011 8:28PM
With two flashes in use, - what MODE was the camera in? The shutter speed of 1/6 second is certainly the cause of this the no matter if front or rear curtain was used, - but Bills explanation works considering the slow speed. Secondary curtain always leaves the trail BEHIND the subject, so since we dont know the direction of movement in this case (as we would with a train or moving bus for example), its not possible to tell if its front or rear.

The shutter was certainly open long enough also to support Bills out of sync flashes suggestion.

I would have expected the MODE to be Manual, the speed to be at max sync, - about 1/200, and aperture adjusted for the lighting, - around f/8.

phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 9:54AM
Can't help with the explanation . It is a cracking image and the girl has beautiful hair which you have captured superbly ....Phil
Montana5 8 57 3 Scotland
19 Dec 2011 10:49AM
Not so sure about the out of sync flash theory, the blurred movement is more likely to be the stage lighting recording on the sensor simply due to the slow shutter speed.
Good try though.

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