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Flash or No Flash?

29 Jan 2016 10:02AM   Views : 536 Unique : 284

The built in flash on any camera has never really found much favour with me as it does tend to be rather stark. The quality of the ambient lighting is destroyed, usually along with all the atmosphere and feeling in a shot. Studio flash, used well, is something else and that does have its place in my repertoire. As with all things though, there are moments where the less desirable option can have its advantages. This morning it was time for my monthly Project Decay image. To recap for new readers, almost five years ago I put outside a terminal Pentax MG and have been waiting for it to decay into nature ever since. And waiting. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to want to play and nature is being decidedly tardy at playing its part as well.

But, here we are this morning, with shot number 57.
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It was quite dull and getting a tripod into the limited space is a bit of a faff, so I upped the ISO for the above shot and relied on the Pentax SR system to eliminate shake. So, as an alternative, I decided to try the built in flash and see what would happen.
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I don't think the flash shot has anything like the warm feeling of the available light one and also tends to look a bit unreal. However, I suppose as a technical record it does actually reveal a bit more internal detail in the mirror box area. So I suppose it could be considered a better technical record. So, aesthetics or more informative record? To be honest, for me I still prefer the aesthetic qualities, so wherever possible it's available light every time.

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