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02 Strobist:  Magician, Draco Alexander, on Pearl Street | by strobe.monkey
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02 Strobist: Magician, Draco Alexander, on Pearl Street

(Due to the insane 12mm perspective, this looks best larger)


This is a quick shoot I did for a professional magician, Draco Alexander, who frequently busks on Pearl Street in Boulder, CO.


We were looking for an environmental portrait, but the street was crowded with people. I wanted to use the setting sun combined with warm light to contrast colors, but it felt cluttered.


So, I closed down the shutter and opened it up to 5 seconds and fired an off-camera strobe (with full CTO) on stroboscopic.


Strobist info: Nikon SB-800 high camera left with full CTO. Fired in stroboscopic mode, 1Hz x 5, 1/8 power manual, 50mm zoom (I think).


The result is that the people in the crowded street are seen as very faint ghosts (5 images, 1 per second) in the image and he (standing still) is exposed perfectly.

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Taken on December 6, 2008