Friday, November 24, 2006

TGIBF - POTW

Nope, that's not a typo. It's not just any old Friday - it's Black Friday.

And this week's outstanding shot comes from RanManDX, who transformed an old, abandoned shack into a work of art with some off-camera flash and careful balancing of strobe to ambient.

At first I thought the light coming from camera right was strobe, too. It balances so well with the ambient sky, it looks too good to be mere serendipity.

As it turns out, it was streetlights and passing cars that provided the extra light during the exposure. Excellent time choice for shooting the photo, I say. He pretty much nailed balancing the sky, strobe and incandescents.

The photo would have been fine with just the continuous light sources. But the strobe hidden inside the shack kicks it up several notches.

RanMan used a Canon 580ex, with an Omnibounce (a $20 little piece of tupperware) and popped it manually several times while hidden behind the boards.

The Omnibounce was a nice - and necessary - touch, as it made the strobe a "bare bulb," giving nearly 360-degree coverage. Those things eat light, though. Which accounts for the multiple pops needed.

(Of course, we know that we can use any old white or (neutral) frosted Tupperware, right?)

Nice work.

Back to the Black Friday part, I apparently pissed someone off, er, drew the lucky straw and got to shoot the 5:00 a.m. after-Thanksgiving shoppers this year.

Again.

"Just think how early you'll be done!" they always say.

I love getting up at four o'clock in the morning. Not.

Anyway, there's what was mentally left of me by about 8:30, when I was reduced to snapping reflection shots of myself in the escalator.

Turns out my mall was not very well trafficked. The shoppers were all at the Big-Box-Cat-Killer stores.

And speaking of Black Friday, if you are going to be doing any holiday shopping of your own at Amazon this year, please remember to click through from any Amazon link on Strobist.

It's a painless way to help support the site. And it is soooo much appreciated.

Especially if you are, say, Bill Gates and you are going to surprise your (lovely) daughter with a Ferrari for Christmas.

Or maybe a small, Caribbean island.

(And yes, I am pretty sure they sell small, Caribbean islands on Amazon. They have everything else...)

As always, thanks much for your support.


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4 Comments:

Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...

Actually, the small Caribbean islands are usually bought through Neiman Marcus, not Amazon.com. :D

November 25, 2006 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Reg said...

David, I am based i Ireland and much as I want to shop in Amazon .com the international shipping charges are IMO extortionate to the extent that i use amazon.co.uk instead nay way you can hook up to them. Im sure you have a lot of supporters in Europe so it could be worth your while
Reg

November 27, 2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

So David, have you ever been asked to stop photographing in a place like a shopping mall? I am assuming that you don't bother getting explicit permission from the mall people. If so, does your press pass make them go away? Is there any expectation of privacy for the public in a privately-owned shopping center, that you know of?

November 28, 2006 8:15 AM  
Blogger David said...

We had permission to shoot there. But typically, in a privately owned but public space, you can shoot until they tell you not to. Which is usually enough.

Unless they have signs prohibiting photography.

November 28, 2006 8:36 AM  

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