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ugly Plus
12 9 57 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 8:30PM
Very nice shot...
Very nice in blue background...
Very nice work.....

Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Nov 2008 8:34PM
Like that a lot
vickyal 12 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 8:37PM
Nice shot.
SKavanagh 13 312 5 England
9 Nov 2008 8:44PM
Excellent shot something iv been trying to master not much luck yet
sut68 17 2.0k 77 England
9 Nov 2008 8:44PM
Well done mate, nicely done!!!
jclaydon1 13 20 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 8:48PM
I really like this great exposure

culturedcanvas 15 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 8:50PM
Thanks for the comments and cheers for the EC Pete.

User_Removed 14 398 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 8:52PM
Nice - great mood - your not bad at these are you Dan Wink
dontforgetme 16 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 9:45PM
I like this.
Wouldnt it be a low shutter speed rather than the wide aperture that would help with the ambient light?

culturedcanvas 15 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 10:02PM

It's a trade off. The effect of the flash is purely aperture controlled so output levels have to be low at wide apertures. However there are of course three ways to control the flow of light. Those being aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

With this type of shot I like to allow the flash to do some of the job of keeping the shot sharp however if I let the shutter speeds drift too low the rest of the image will start to suffer from blur. So the technique is to use a wide aperture, have the ISO at your chosen level, and then check the shutter speed is comfortable for you to get a sharp shot. The shot was metered in manual to allow the twilight blues to come through. This was taken on a 5D ISO 400, F2 and 1/50th on a 50mm prime.

The flash was in manual and was moved forwards until the right exposure was achieved on the subject. The whole set up allowing me to keep my shutter speed at 1/50 which was about as low as I dared go.
comma 12 108 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 10:19PM
Your response to Julesm gave very interesting insight to a great image. Appreciated on both counts.
MikeBonsall 14 474 3 Guernsey
10 Nov 2008 12:08PM
Thanks for supplying such detailed info Dan and congrats on the EC.

This is a very interesting image. On the one hand this is just a typical street scene of a lad sat on a town bench, yet by your approach to lighting the scene you have given it the feeling of a classical painting with intriguing results.

Hope to see more of these.

HowardA 13 231
10 Nov 2008 1:06PM
Tremendous lighting and a great result. Congrats.
Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Nov 2008 1:21PM
oh well, you are talking about rocket science again.... :-p
martinproe 15 293 5 England
10 Nov 2008 6:58PM
Superb. Love the leighting and effect that you've achieved.
pontybiker 16 216 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 6:51PM
Not sure about this one mate, something isn't sitting right, wish I could be more constructive! Technically very good though.
croberts 16 2.2k 8 Ireland
14 Nov 2008 12:15AM
again. your subject seems to be forgotten in the midst of the photo.

you seem preoccupied with the technical, and lost on the emotional. Forget working on the technical. you have that down. work on your relationships with your subjects, and you will totally rock this.

apologies if i seem like some sort of stuck up pratt, but i like your work, and id love to see it taken that step further...

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