February 21, 2010
The weekend's photo theme was skateboarding. When I met Monique and Stefan yesterday at the Fishbanks skate shop in Sunnyvale, I also noticed pretty cool chair made out of a lot of broken skate decks. It turns out Steffen, the owner of this skate shop made it himself and I was quick to ask if I could come by on Sunday to take a picture of him in this chair. Turns out I chose a close up again which hardly shows the chair, but you can still see the skate decks in the background.
Most frames were pretty serious, but for this one my daughter was holding my arm, begging for some skateboard (which she finally got) and that provoked this smile in his face! I thought it is such a nice coincidence, I immediately knew this is today's frame.
All in all, today was 'easy shooting day' - I knew I can just walk into the skate shop and Steffen will be there and we can do the shooting. But today was also day one I used my Bower external flash as a optical slave. Steffen was sitting in a corner of the shop, skate decks behind him and a big fluorescent light above him (think headlight). The flash was positioned in about an 45 degree angle from him and faced the wall behind him, not directly his body. As the external flash needs to be triggered, I put it in optical slave mode (a feature even the twice as expensive Nikon flashes do not have...) and then turned down my built in flash to -3 to just use it as a trigger. That worked pretty well in my opinion... but really it was a bit of luck.
Anyone some great tutorials how to get started with your first external flash unit which is triggered via the built-in flash? I'd also really appreciate comments on my setup, just tell me if that was kind of OK or what you would have done differently.
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 400