fishing. Florida Keys.
Technical data: Photo taken with a Nikon SLR film camera and Nikkor
85mm f1.8 lens; hand held, available light with fill-flash, slight
minus flash compensation. Approximate exposure 1/60 second at f5.6 -
Fuji Sensia 200 transparency film. No lens filters were used.
Film was scanned using Minolta
Dimage series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using
Photoshop; levels and curves, color balance, sharpening, cropping and
dust spot removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo
Comments: This photo is a good example of the dramatic effects
flash can make. One could argue that this isn't really a fill-flash
picture because the flash looks to be providing most of the light. Not
so. The primary light was indeed the setting sun. I threw in a little
fill-flash with some minus compensation because of the dark water -
flash can over-expose foreground objects when the background is
excessively dark - and got this striking effect.
Normally, the hallmark of a
fill-flash photo is that it looks "natural". Though I wouldn't call
this picture exactly natural looking, it's close enough in my book.
Experimenting with flash photography is rewarding. Try this: just
before sunset and facing the sun, set your camera to shutter priority,
select 1/30 sec, fill-flash on - and photograph your subjects, panning
with their motion if necessary. Try lower shutter speeds, also.
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