Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Frog photos with double off camera flash (SB-800's) and video

This frog was so cool. It spent hours calling out in to the night.

I took photos of him on three nights in a row, and quickly setup to remote flashes on the first night and went to town. I triggered the flashes remotely with the on camera flash on commander mode. I experimented with TTL and manual modes on the flashes and mostly shot in manual mode at outputs of about 1/8th to 1/2 power. It wasn't until the last night that I moved one of the flashes towards the front of the frog. I also tried shooting at the higher power on the flashes and lowering ISO to still get a good exposure, and decent shutter speed and f/stop. I realized if I am providing all the light for the photo, and I am shooting under-powered flashes and higher ISO I am doing something wrong! Why shoot at 1/4 power flash and ISO 400 when I can shoot at 1/1 (full power) flash and ISO 100 and get the same light and exposure?! So I tried some light that. After a while I raised the ISO in favor of wearing down the batteries on the flash unit any more than I already was and I was swapping batteries a lot over the days I shot these.

From the 3rd night of shooting this frog (+video)

Some lighting shots. My brother's pond is maybe 12 feet wide and 9 or 10 feet deep. Mostly I had the flashes near eachother and behind the frog on the right and left.

Frog/Pond - Lighting


For some I used the on camera flash too as a third light source, it may be the source of the reflection on the frog here
Frog - Pond in Maine

Here's one with the side lighting
Call of the wild

And finally here's a 5 minute video of still shots and the audio from the pond and the frog's calls. I didn't take the time to synchronize the images of calls with the sound of calls... The sound is just for that added flavor or feeling of the frog and the pond.


Tags: Maine, ME, Pond, Frog, Water, Video, Audio, Flash, Lighting, Nikon, D200, SB-800, CLS, wireless, remote off camera flash.

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