Overpowering the sun with Flex-5’s and Speedlights

Posted by ryanjackson on Aug 28, 2009 in lighting, photos |

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Darcy Carter is one of the organizers for the 5th Annual Peter Schiemann Memorial Slo Pitch tournament which is running this weekend.  For the first time, oraganizers will have a full 16 teams, including two RCMP teams, playing. Over the last five years the tournament has raised about $20,000 which was donated to local charities, the biggest recipient being the local DARE program. Carter poses for a photo at Meridian Sports Park, north of Stony Plain, Alta on August 28, 2009.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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In both these photos I should have moved the umbrella down so that it would fill in his face rather than being blocked by his hat.

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I had a little help today. Daniel is a student and is helping out our web team this month. Today he came with me for a shoot so that he could get out of the office so I put him to work!  I wanted to see how well the new Pocketwizard Flex5’s work with a Canon 580EX flash to overpower the sun when shot through an umbrella….. I shot these two photos at 1/4000sec, f1.4, ISO50.   The bare bulb flash to the left certainly overpowered the sun well but I don’t think I got enough fill from the umbrella.  Both flashes were at full power.  In both pictures the umbrella was as close as I could get it without it being in the photo.

I’m going to try and build a rig similar to the Lastolite TriFlash and see what three flashes can do to overpower the sun in bright sunlight.

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