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Simple as it is: two days ago i was wagging my tail in front of the door like a good puppy waiting for someone to come in. Who was i waiting, you ask?


The mailman, of course!

Not to bite him though, simply to sign down his papers so i could finally became the proud owner of a softbox! I've been dreaming of having one in the last two months and i couldn't nor decide nor buy one. But in the end, with the help of someone that bought my photos on Getty Images, money was not a problem anymore!


In a perfect world, i'd have a Westcott Apollo Softbox right now. But this ain't no perfect world right?

So i have to settle down for a Walimex 40x40 softbox, and while i was shopping on Amazon for it, all of a sudden a wild Yongnuo YN560 appeared in the cart too :)


So since the very moment i got both my new toys i wanted to try them out, but you know, life gets in the way and 48 hours pass by pretty quickly.


So here i was, 3am on a Saturday night, in my room doing some translation job. Quiet. So quiet it gets kinda creepy. Went on the terrace for a smoke and, well you know, it just hits you.


I'm going to bore you no more, but let me say this :

- The Yongnuo YN560 is great. For what concerns strobist work, you can count it as a Nikon SB900 unit. NO DIFFERENT. Excellent, reliable, with the same exact power output at avery stop!


- The Walimex softbox was a revelation. Easy to mount, feels sturdy and softens the hell out of every strobe. Very portable, folds down to hand size!


I'm so proud of my new purchases. Can't wait to use them is a... more interesting situation!







Camera Info: Nikon D700 | Nikon 50mm (ƒ/1.4G) @ 50mm | ƒ/1.4 | ISO 1600 | 1/6 s — Camera on Tripod


Strobist Info: Yongnuo YN560 @ 120mm | 1/128th power in Walimex 40x40 Softbox | Camera right trough blue curtain | Triggered via Cowboy Studios Transmitters and Receivers.


  • *emeraldgirl* 3y

    very nice.
  • Thomas David 3y

    Very good!!! :-)
    Welcome to a whole new strobist world.
    You're gonna love it, and you're gonna want more... ;-)

    You only need some CTO gels for now, to balance the color of your flash with ambiant at night. The rest of the picture is great. Very moody, I really like it. :)
  • Nicola Bernardi 3y

    Thomas David Thanks!
    I'm loving it already!
    By the way, I do have some CTO filter but in this case the contrast between the orange building in the background and the light coming from the soft box is exactly what i was going for.
    I even tried with the filter on, but it was somehow not convincing me :)
  • Stephen Sheridan Photography 3y

    Very cool Nicola. Love the mix of light in this one.
  • Rick Smith 3y

    3am I was snoring like a baby! Have fun with your new toys Nicola!
  • Bananocrate - バナノクラテ 3y

    ma quanto sei cazzuto. pure con un pigiama orrido. e se non è un pigiama, è ancora peggio.
  • Nick Layton 3y

    I love this. Can I make a small suggestion? If you had introduced a warm up gel into the equation you would colour matched you to the building off in the distance. Any colour correction or change of dial on the white balance would have altered both. BUT, maybe it was your intention to have contrasting lights. Either way, I love it. Ahhhh, through a blue curtain.....I should read more thoroughly!
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Taken on June 3, 2012
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