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By Martyn_U  
I recently treated myself to an SB900 flash and a pair of Interfit Strobies Titan Pro trigers to try my hand at off camera flash.

This is my first attempt from a recent charity hill climb organised by my local cycling club on Grizebeck hill.

Not too sure about the composition, however I wanted to capture the location with the valley in the background and severity of the hill not to mention the pain these guys are going through. Can't figure out if this image works or not.

As always thaks for looking and all comments welcome

Tags: Cycling Hill climbs Sports and action

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whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 9:33PM
The sharpness etc, is right. Which is what I would expect from you Smile
But as you've asked for critique on certain points, I'll give my point of view for you.
I think the flash is a little too bright, maybe dial it down 1 or 2 stops next time.
The composition of the rider in the frame is right, but it doesn't shout HILL at me if you know what I mean, it looks more like a slight rise, the only hint being the signs in the background. But I can see some scenery in the background, but the flash in the foreground dominates. (Hope I'm making sense here!)
Was there anywhere else on the course that looked steep and also had no road furniture in the background or at the side? I usually try going round a course a couple of times to find out where the light is right and there is either no or little road furniture.
I've got some strobies as well, but haven't tried them for racing yet, just portraits. I might give it a go sometime, but warn them about it first Smile

Hope that helps.

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Martyn_U 9 7 England
29 May 2011 11:33PM
Thanks for the critique Sarah

This was my first attempt at OCF, only got them last week and agree the flash was a little too bright, hence the shadow on road.
This area was probably the best place on the hill and the steepest to give the scene a sence of scale, but the dreaded road funiture!

There's three more events to practice on

Thanks again

dathersmith 10 559 12 England
31 May 2011 6:37PM
I agree with Sarah regarding the flash Martyn, a little too bright for my taste but for your first attempt its very good. Your idea is sound but I don't think the conditions were ideal to appreciate the valley beyond as there is no light on it. Maybe getting down lower and pointing the camera up a bit towards the rider would have accentuated the steepness of the hill a bit more especially if you could see the top of the other side of the valley. Also as Sarah has said, the rider is pin sharp and the colours are good.


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