Photographer's Note

There is a carnival for little kids down on the Malecn right now, so I went down last night and played with this technique, which is new to me. I heard about it from Nevada Wier. (See http://www.nevadawier.com/flash.html for more detailed and expert info!)
Apply the familiar concept of "fill flash" in hand-held situations with slow shutter speeds (large fractions of a second), and add just enough flash (by no means a full burst) to freeze the action. Choose whether you want to sync your flash with the front curtain or the rear curtain -- it will determine the "direction" of the ghosting.
Because slow shutter speeds aren't a problem, I started with ISO of 100, but changed to 400 pretty quickly. I started using a 1/16-power flash burst, but changed to 1/8 about halfway through the night. Ultimately, what was working best for me was my "lucky eights" -- shutter at 1/8 second, aperture at f/8, and 1/8-power flash. I cheated a bit using a monopod and tried panning when the action was horizontal.
In this shot, the action is more vertical and while it doesn't show too much of the effect, I love the little girl's ecstatic grin.

Tcnica "Balanced-Fill Flash" -- est una feria para los nios pequeos en el Malecn ahora mismo. Tom y yo bajamos ayer por la noche y jug con esta tcnica, que es nueva para m. Es algo que me enter de Nevada Wier. (Ver http://www.nevadawier.com/flash.html para informacin ms detallada y experta!) Aplicar el concepto familiar de "fill flash" en mano situaciones con velocidades de obturacin lentas (grandes fracciones de segundo) y aadir suficiente flash (de ninguna manera una completa explosin) para congelar la accin. Elija si desea sincronizar el flash con la cortina frontal o con la cortina posterior, va a determinar la "direccin" de la imagenes secundarias. Porque velocidades de obturacin lentas no son un problema, comenz con ISO 100, pero cambi a 400 muy rpidamente. Empec utilizando una rfaga de flash de 1/16-power, pero cambi a 1/8 sobre a medio camino a travs de la noche. En definitiva, lo que funcionaba mejor para m era mis "ochos suertes"-- obturador a 1/8 segundo, apertura f/8 y 1/8-power flash. Me enga un poco utilizando un monopi y trat de "pan" cuando la accin era horizontal. En esta foto, la accin es ms vertical y mientras que no muestra demasiado el efecto, me encanta sonrisa exttica de la nia.

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  • Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 90 N: 498] (2182)
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  • Date Taken: 2015-08-09
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  • Camera: Nikon D 3200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
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