Sometimes it just goes all wrong. It starts when the model shows up
wearing not what you asked her to, then clouds come from nowhere and
cover the sky so the sunset you wanted to use as background becomes
into a uniform layer of dull grayness, and in addition the quite, and
usually empty, park where you are about to shoot results being crowded
with curious people and children. You understand that all the setups
you had gone through in your head are not going to work, and to make
it easier this is your first time shooting TFP and you want to make a
You start to think, trying to figure out what would work now, and what not. After about an hour of moving all over the place to find some interesting spot, setting up the lights and actually shooting both you and the model are tired, even the batteries in your flash are almost gone. You ask the model to make a last try and finally it happens - her pose is good, the mimic looks natural and the flash gave it's last blast exactly when you asked for it. You look at the back of your camera and understand that finally you have a good keeper.
Considering all of the above it feels almost as magic.
Strobist: Canon 540EZ at 1/2 power aimed into the umbrella on a stand
slightly behind the model.
I know post is a bit rough, I just wanted to show this picture already.