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The Golden Hour (Explored) | by simon.anderson
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The Golden Hour (Explored)

Another one from yesterdays shoot at Birling Gap with my daughter posing for me during the elusive golden hour of sunset.

I really like how the golden glow of the sun is hitting the cliffside and my daughters hair and even the ridge of the incoming wave.

Once again the fill light was made by my Jessops 360 AFD flashgun which was attached to a neewer clamp and lightstand with see trhough umbrella, this was held by my other daugther to stop it falling over and to change it's position if I needed to.

The flashgun was set to 1/4 power and at 50mm zoom and on manual.

The flash was to the left of the camera and just outside the shot.

It's pretty awesome the light you can get from a single flashgun and was fun experimenting with it as well.

Also as my daughter was jumping about most of the time flicking her hair and generally going crazy lol it was really hard to keep up with the constant change of settings needed to get the light right.

I shot in full manual mode to control the ambient and flash light by keeping the aperture as wide as possible and keeping the shutter range below 1/250 second which is my camera sync speed.

Obviously with the changing light and focal lengths I had to adjust these settings slightly each time but I got faster as I got more confident.

My flashgun was fired via my Yongnuo RF-602 trigger + reciever(I love these babies) and I handheld the camera as the shutter speeds where definently fast enough for the ambient light conditions.


More to come :)


Taken With

►Nikon D300s

►Nikon 16-85 @18mm

►Hahnel Battery grip

►Jessops 360 AFD Flashgun + stand + see through umbrella

►Yongnuo RF-602 trigger + receiver


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Taken on April 4, 2012