Hudson Valley Click – report-back on recent Shoot Out
I’ve mentioned the Hudson Valley Click before – a group of photographers in New York state who arranges monthly shoots for members, and any visitor who’d like to attend. They are all good opportunities to network and more importantly, to shoot some and play with the photography toys a bit. I just came back from the latest shootout – The Totally Kick Ass Wedding Shoot Out. It was pretty cool again to get to attend and photograph various models and come up with ideas.
This time I decided to whip out the Canon 5D mk II and lenses, and also the PocketWizard TT5 transceivers for Canon, and give it all a spin. The photo above is of one of the models, Jill, where I tried something with a slightly more Gothic feel to it as dusk fell.
Just for interest, here is the pull-back shot:
I wanted her framed between two large vines, and then lit up with the speedlight and the shoot-through umbrella. Why no softbox like usual? Because I’d somehow forgotten the Lastolite Ezybox’s lollipop at home. So an umbrella it was. It works well too.
camera settings: 1/50 @ f5 @ 800 ISO
The speedlight was triggered by the FlexTT5 transceiver (B&H) on my Canon 5D mk II. I used the AC3 ZoneController (B&H) on the TT5 to control the speedlight’s output. I started off with TTL flash, but quickly dialled to manual output via the AC3.
In the frame you can see two cables run down from the speedlight. The one cable is the Canon CP-E4 Battery Pack (B&H) supplying juice to the speedlite, and the other is the Canon OC-E3 off-camera flash cord (B&H). The off-camera cord is to separate the Canon 580 EX II from the TT5 so that the radio-frequencey interference generated by the 580 EX II doesn’t impede the TT5′s reception of the signal. I also had a Ferrite choke on both cables – the battery pack and off-camera cord, so that the RF interference doesn’t travel down the cable. This is in accordance with some of the suggestions to extend the range of the Canon 580 EX II with the PocketWizards. You’d hope that Canon would implement a silent for this for the 580 EX II, like they did with the 430 EX II, but this hasn’t happened yet. Probably won’t. In the meantime, there are these work-arounds.
Finally, a thank you again to the cool team at HV Click for arranging another shoot out that was fun and interesting. And if anyone is in or near the Hudson Valley region, check them out, either on their MeetUp page, or their Facebook group.
Equipment used with this photo session:
Canon 5D mk II (B&H); Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS (B&H)
Canon 580EX II Speedlite (B&H); Canon CP-E4 Battery Pack (B&H)
FlexTT5 transceiver (B&H); AC3 ZoneController (B&H);
Canon OC-E3 off-camera flash cord (B&H)
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