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By ade_mcfade      
Wasn't planning on going out last night, but got a knock on the door at about 6 and there was Dave raring to go.

First time we'd tried using multiple flashes out in the city, so it's all a bit of a leaning curve.

it's a 580EX 2 on a 5D with a 24-105 lens on, with a 550EX on a tripod off to the right.

it was on ETTL mode with the "ratio" heavily weighted towards the off camera flash, so that the main flash didn't really have much effect at all.

Had a few "comms" issues, as in, the second flash didn't always go off, but its ace to be able to set the flash power of the 550 remotely from the 580.

Ended up using manual flash power as it's a bit more predictable!

But yeah - think this out-door flash stuff my be an amusement for the near future.

Tags: Off camera flash Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 10:38AM
A very good shot...

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Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
17 Oct 2008 10:38AM
Looks to have work well Ade.
Simon_Palmer 10 759 11 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 10:39AM
A very nice piece of work.
sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
17 Oct 2008 11:00AM
Think mono would suit it better for me, just get rid of the sodium light tint in the bgnd.

Mike Gray 12 382 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 11:01AM
Sounds like you and Dave had a bit of a laugh Ade.
How is Dave anyway, think he's been a bit down lately.
Great image by the way, may of tried a mono version.

ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
17 Oct 2008 11:08AM
He's in good form Mike - think he's actually quite amused by the reception his new "style" is getting, rather than down as some people have assumed.

Done a mono version too Paul and it looks good - the sodium hints at a more "urban" feel. Some of the shots it looks quite red in the background, that's proper evil!

ta all
jonathanbp 8 99 Thailand
17 Oct 2008 11:20AM
Great image...pensive...Jonathan
challicew 8 1 1 South Africa
17 Oct 2008 11:39AM
an outstanding photograph as is in my opinion!
JohnLynch 9 78 6 Ireland
17 Oct 2008 11:49AM
really like the lighting and the atmosphere of the shot.
tommythecat 10 149 2 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 11:51AM
Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
17 Oct 2008 11:54AM
Was bloody cold thats what i will say

Like it mate shows a slim me off i think...
Just a sn
hame i was not over the moon with owt i got to be honest
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
17 Oct 2008 11:58AM
I got about 7 really good shots, those fence things looked the bollocks on some of them.

none of the ones with you behind the fence looked that good though
Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
17 Oct 2008 12:24PM
yeah its a case of play and see what happens ade...
With the high iso some had bad noise and are useless to be fair.

So more light and thoise day time shots we were talking about should do well though..
PS loaded one of you
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 2:38PM
I actually like the Sodium feel, gives it a different atmosphere. Lighting looks good.

NevP Plus
11 853 13 Canada
17 Oct 2008 3:04PM
I like this - a consideration could be to zoom the flash head out some to cut some of the light falling on the gate and isolate the subject some more.
Sue_R 10 11 6 Scotland
17 Oct 2008 4:06PM
Like the way this has come out, but would be interested to see what it would look like in mono.

rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
17 Oct 2008 4:13PM
Film noir Adrian. Ron.
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
17 Oct 2008 4:40PM
Really nice bit of lighting. I'd be tempted to clone out the white plaques on the wall to the right though - they distracted me a bit.
culturedcanvas 11 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 4:45PM
Nice shot ade .. if you want a tuition session I'm running an urban portrait group shoot in Newcastle on the 8th November covering exactly these type of shots Wink
17 Oct 2008 8:21PM
Adrian, I've no idea what your tech stuff is about (although I'm certain there are those here who will really appreciate the commentary) - all I know is that the outcome is excellent. Keep experimenting!

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3532 Canada
17 Oct 2008 11:52PM
Terrific, gorgeous light control, love the far away expression.

ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
18 Oct 2008 2:32AM
You're all heart Dan Smile

Were it only in leeds ............. Smile
old timer 12 55 1 Scotland
18 Oct 2008 8:38AM
Love the light in this.
kinfatric 12 550 9 Scotland
18 Oct 2008 7:14PM
good work Ade
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
19 Oct 2008 11:23AM
Ta Pete Smile
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Oct 2008 12:29PM
was about to say much prefer this one than the one after this one, if that made sense....before realize the EC stamp.
well done
Eviscera 10 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 12:40PM
great work Ade , really captured the mood here.

sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
19 Oct 2008 5:05PM
Well done mate ... Mr H gets you another accolade!!!
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
19 Oct 2008 7:53PM
I think it's the tunnel in the bacground that clinched it Paul Smile
Possum 10 148 England
19 Oct 2008 8:50PM
It's great; love the light on Dave's jacket, and he looks very natural.
TeresaH 11 1.1k United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 9:30PM
Superb Ade, extremely good light, love it.

Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
20 Oct 2008 9:46AM

Quote:Mr H gets you another accolade!!!Quote this post

Ec huh

Its only cause i look good in these images.Chiselled chin,startling good looks and the good pose i always give ya....

Me shooting you
Cannot make a fatty thin, only in ps, Too cute and cuddly looking Frans words not mine.
A crap poser. And cannot l;ook mean n moody to save your life..

So thats the reason ya get EC's with me in shot..
Slight bit of Talent but only slight. lol
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
20 Oct 2008 11:35AM
I really like the approach to this, some night flash can be overpowering in one area, yet here the face is lifted well from the shadows, and there's something about the background with the tungsten tone filtered down to give a dark hue across the rest of the photo. It all goes to subtly concludes a sinister feel of the shot. And then there's the model, that swung it for you! Wink
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
20 Oct 2008 12:18PM
You sound bitter Dave Wink

We had the same lighting kit, the same opportunities, same location, you've got a better lens than me, a newer camera, my face got photo of the week once too, so it can be used to make an effective shot. And you got an EC with it once over.

Talk about a workman blaming his tools!!!

the pose is down to the the tog, not the model mate. If I'm not stood how you want me to stand, direct me to do something different. Wink

Oddly enough, the next shot where people could see your face only got about 20 clicks Wink

Sure you'll come up with the goods on thursday.....
Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
20 Oct 2008 6:46PM
Joking Mate ya should know that

Ya get an EC great
We are a team Ade

No jelousy at all
And thats the truth

Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
20 Oct 2008 7:20PM
re thursday
I got them triggers i was on about and done the modification on them too.

So three lights can be used with umberellas and stuff.
Well pleased
Hit and misss re triggering at times but its cheaper than p Wizzards

Nah mate i have never and will never be bitter over a Ec
You take things to heart at times..... READ ya should see the fun in what i was saying..
Me slim,good looking
You Podgy and cant look good for all the tea in china.
Its my good looks that wins as ya know pete loves me looks.

And he gives you awards for showing me ..

ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
20 Oct 2008 7:20PM
I know - lots of smilies in my reply Wink

Something similar this week? Try 3 flashes I think - maybe some Gels to get coloured light effects?
Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
20 Oct 2008 7:22PM
I got Cto and other gells for the flashes so we are fine n dandy
Ps mine of you got a few clicks.
But who gives a ****
Not me
Nic_WA 11 179 2 Australia
21 Oct 2008 12:53AM
Looking forward to seeing more of your experiments with multiple flash heads.
Congratulations on the EC - well deserved.
LisaRose 10 172 4 United States
23 Oct 2008 7:55AM
Love the expression. The lighting is so good, well done on the EC, well deserved.

OMG 8 51 2 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2008 12:26AM
A stunning shot Ade but then in my opinion all your work is the best.
Milla 8 7 2 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2008 8:26AM
One to be proud of, quality shot.
Very effective lighting. Many thanks for explaining the set up. I have just got a Metz 60CT1 with Metz 60-40 slave flash, must get out and try something like this.

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