Friday, 18 December 2009

A Snowy Snoring

Granny and Frosty, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.
Stobist: 430EX @1/1 through 16 inch cheap soft box positioned just out of frame on the left.
Triggered by Cactus V4's
1/250, 33mm @F13 (ISO200) Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 lens

I'm in Great Snoring and it's snowing like no other, my Gran and I made this rather ugly snowman on a field that is usually frequented by horses; a fact which became rather problematic as frosty began to pick up large volumes of horse muck whilst he came into fruition.

Its hard to shoot in snow as its so reflective, I found it very hard to get the background dropped down so that it showed some detail whilst retaining enough power in my single strobe to fill out the foreground; hence the 200 ISO to give more power to the srtobe and the 250 to knock off as much ambient light as possible (its the sync speed of the V4's even though 1/500 is stated on the box). After much freezing and much messing around with F stops I mangaed to get something that worked. Also really pleased that the strobe caught some of the falling snow.

MIke Bushell

1/250, 38mm @F11 (ISO200) Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 lens

Same set-up with the above portrait; strobe @ 1/1 through soft box camera left (although more straight on in this shot)

Happy Trails

1/4000, 85mm @ F2.5 (ISO100)

This shot is taken with the amazing Canon 85mm F1.8; It really makes the most simple things look fantastic

Happy trails
1/4000, 85mm @ F1.8 (ISO100)

The only problem with a relatively long focal length prime lens is trying to get anything that ain't a portrait. Compositionally it can be very tiresome running away from your subject so that you can capture the width that you want within a frame, having said that it is also a refreshing change as you have to work to get into the correct postion for a shot rather than relying on a massive zoom lens to do all the work


1/4000, 85mm @ F1.8 (ISO100)
The higest exposure setting on my 400D is 1/40000 so I constanly find myself in situationa where i'm unable to use the widest apertures - the shots above were taken wide open at the highest ISO and this was all in diminishing winter mild sunshine, means i definitely have to get a 5D before the spring!


ADRIAN said...

These are very good. You don't have to upgrade you could go the neutral grey filter route. Cokin are cheap to practice with. I use a firm called SRB Griturn. I have no connection with them other than experiencing a fast and reasonably priced service. Don't bother with one stop three and four stop I use and their star filter. plus linear polarisers. All the best.

Harry Sewell Photography said...

cheers Adrian, I really should have though of that as a tempoary solution!