MCAS Miramar – Eyes Front and Center!

This continues our series of shots from a special event at MCAS Miramar from a while back. We were experimenting with our bracket mounted Quantum T5d-R Flash, trusty Nikon D7000 and new Sigma 17-70mm f2.8 lens. This combination allows one to shoot in hard light. What one does is to exposed for the background then under expose it just a bit. The subject would then be totally under exposed with a typical setup. A problem that can be fixed and effectively!

The Q-Flash can be adjusted through it’s TTL, or Through the Lens, control system to bring the subject into proper exposure. This flash is more powerful than a camera mounted Speedlight and approaches Studio Power. The flash controller which sits on the camera Hot Shoe, meters the light in conjunction with the Nikon D7000 and allows incremental adjustments of Fill Light by simply turning a small switch. Additionally, the flash has a “Distance Limiter” which if set to say, 10 ft, would allow all objects beyond this range to not have light from the flash. Mounting the D7000 on a Flash Bracket puts all this gear into a nice portable package. It also comes with a Turbo-3 Battery pack which one mounts to one’s belt, that the flash and camera can plug into – great for at least 3 hours of hard work! This battery rocks!

Here, Jodi, the model, was instructed to lie under the wing of a vintage plane to get out of the hard 1PM light in San Diego. Background was exposed to get a hint of planes and then we filled her in with the Quantum on the flash bracket. The bracket itself allows one to pull the flash out around 2.5ft…perfect for a bit of side light. We had her dip her Aviators just a bit to capture her eye as the focal point.

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6 responses

  1. Another great capture and brilliant write up. Many people shy away from mid day out door shooting, or using flash to solve harsh lighting issues. The write up is a perfect example of fill flash in use.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    • Thanks Chris – I was surprised when I found out the Models were just arriving at 11AM, then hair and makeup, they emerged at around 12…I spent an hour scoping the place for a location and once I found the best spot, parked myself there. Then all the other Photogs showed up and, hmmmm, they gravitated to my spot.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

      • Yeah that happens. I once set up a landscape shot only to stand up and nearly knock other a group that gathered behind me

        March 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

      • Yeah, that sucks…that is why Kathleen and I travel and look for remote locations…to many snap happy Folks now

        March 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

  2. Looks really good. Did you have any modifiers on it at all by chance?

    March 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

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