I was told that I do not have enough lights and I should have a light to separate the model from the backdrop....
I have a SB600, no pocket wizards yet though.
I want to be able to use the AB800 ring light with the profoto air lights and I do not have money for more profoto lights at the moment. I have the air remote on the hotshoe of the camera and the Alien Bee ring flash connected by wire (need a shorter bloody cable) I have yet to figure out how to slave the AB to the profoto, the recycle time of the AB is terrible compared to the profoto.
Anyway today I thought about a way to cheat, by using my big reflector as the background, it seems to have worked well enough for a pretty high key look.
The setup: profoto D500 in strip boxes and the ABR800 on camera, handheld (yeah it gets heavy) with the reflector on a stand
shot at 200ISO 1/250 and F/11 with the nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 lens at around 40mm.
True though water falls after rain....
Went out to Saigo town in the middle of nowhere to shoot the waterfall again.
Went last year and there was not a lot of water flow, now after the heavy rain of the past few days it is huge.
Shot still with the D700, 24- 70 f/2.8 (really need a 10mm to do this place properly) and a circular polarizer. Worked well to bring out the greens.
Shot at ISO 200 and f/22 for the most part, took the tripod as well
Best shot I think, minimal post as well. Looks nice on the wall.
After the rain.
Today it rained here for most of the day. Little crazy being with the family in the house all day.
The rain stopped and they went out for a walk.
I started to shoot around the garden.
I am somewhat taken with this red filter, I originally bought it as a way to make fake IR shots with a Nikon D700 which cannot take the IR filter. While it did not work the way I wanted to for that I am liking the high contrast B&W I get. I want to try it in the studio in the future.
So I have the nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens taking fake macros of leaves and water drops. All shot handheld in aperture priority mode. With the red filter on and a LR3 preset I made based on the B&W 4 preset.
I guess what is interesting for me is the difference in the leaves, the darkest green ones come out black and the lighter ones are lighter.
The lighting set up
2 D1air 500W profotos with the air remote
1 ABR800 - does not keep up with the profotos
Shooting with another person is great. The wedding I was a second or backup shooter. I am supposed to be the main on the next one.
However it seemed to my associate that all of my shots at ISO 1600, f2.8, 1/250th (flash fill or not) had a greenish tinge compared to his from his D5 mark 2. So I had a long look at this today.
The nikon D700 apparently does have issues with greenish tinges and purples out of the box shooting in JPEG mode. I shoot RAW so this should not be an issue....
I also came across a firmware update that was released in January 2010 which I installed for the first time today. Boy do I feel like a right wanker (apparently the firmware update is supposed to help with this green issue by helping the auto WB)
Anyway I also am not really supposed to be using Lightroom 3 with a nikon, I am supposed to be using Capture NX2 (which I did download a trial for today)
But there are some fixes in lightroom
Straight out of camera - too red/ orange (auto WB, 1/250, f/2.8)
lens calibration, I have read this is pretty important with the nikon lenses in LR3 for some reason, it is just a check box that the program already knows the lens anyway so why is it not automatic or an option on import????
Altered the shot with the camera preset recommended from the web (D2x of which there are several)
Not really happy with the results but I understand it is progress from the first shot.
So this is the edited version of the same shot from above which I posted yesterday. Must have used flash fill as there is a shadow on the background.