Last weekend was Norm’s Night at HU. Since it was a special event with contests during the regular basketball game, I decided to go and photograph it. For this event, I used a two-flash setup with green gels over the flash heads. I was having trouble getting my Wein Peanut to sync the second flash so for most of these I went with on-camera flash and a somewhat slow shutter speed (usually 1/80th sec).
Over a month ago, I came home from college on break and visited some friends. Of course what better thing to do while visiting friends than bring a camera and take some snapshots. So I had my new Pentax DSLR with me and took a few photos. I’d like to share a little bit about what I did along with showing some of the pictures.
The slow speed sync is really evident here. This is one of those pictures that make me feel really creative. 38mm f/4.5 1/6th ISO 500
This is the final one with big smiles all around. Unless you’re too busy staring at a screen to look at the camera.
A few weeks ago was Olympiad at HU. Olympiad is a series of Olympic-styled games and tournaments where four teams compete to see who is the best. It is also a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I did not participate this year, but I did shoot quite a number of photographs and video. I’m still digitizing and editing the video footage, but here are a few selects from among the Olympiad photos.
|I took a couple of shots at my dorm of people getting ready for the opening ceremonies on Thursday night. This was taken with my Pentax AF200T flash and 18-55mm lens.|
|This is the cornhole event. What I experimented with here was flagging off part of the flash with my hand after seeing the effect caused by a person’s head.|
|Non-athletic contests involved pumpkin carving where each team rushed to complete their carving before any of the other teams.|
|Same light setup as before. In this one, you can see the streak of light on the background from the unflagged Sunpak. B/W conversion was done in Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4.|
|The Synchronized Swimming event was for me the highlight of the weekend. Technically, it’s the same as before except with the 85mm f/2 lens and a shutter of 1/40.|
|This is a shot of the card tournament using available light with the 18-55mm lens at f/4 1/25 ISO 1000.|
|Posing for pictures after the closing ceremonies.
50mm lens wide-open at f/2 1/20 sec ISO 1600
thoughts about my latest gear. First, I finally have my Wein Peanut
slave. This is actually my second one after I learned to keep the first where the dog couldn’t get to it. I’m using this a fair bit to sync a flash off-camera. This allows me to have a second flash up to 100′ from my on-camera or PC-corded master flash. Second, my parents got a new tripod. I’ve gotten the chance to use this a few times, and it comes in especially handy when using it as a light stand. Another thing that I now have is an entry-level digital SLR camera. It is a Pentax K-x. It is a nice camera, and it allows me to take more photos or different types of photos. It does have some drawbacks, however, primarily the lack of a PC sync port and inability to use high-voltage flashes. Finally, I received the Rosco Strobist Gel Collection. This is something that I have been using to great effect. It has really allowed me to enhance the look of my images.