That day you have to acknowledge you need a flash

Two former colleagues organized a conference to celebrate their company exists ten years. They asked me to take pictures. I love taking photos and I love these two women so of course I said yes. I did have a challenge though. Since I don’t own a fancy ‘just bump up the ISO’ camera, and it was…

… I therefore feared to end up with blurry or grainy pictures. Not the kind of pictures I intended to give to my friends.

Therefore I did what I have put of for ten years (when I bought my first DSLR): I bought a flash.

Did I tell you I hate photos taken with a flash?

That is not entirely true. Of course I love portraits taken with flash lights. I even asked a friend who owns a full studio set up to take portraits of me and the Man. I asked another friend, a professional, to take my portrait when pregnant with Daughter. Flash lights were involved.

What I hate is pictures taken with a flash light that kill the atmosphere. Not the kind of pictures that I intend to give to my friends.

Therefore I had to come up with a solution to prevent both grainy and atmosphere killing pictures of a once in a lifetime conference party. So I did what everyone does who wants to find a solution: I youtubed my ass off for a few days. My search clarified a lot.

I couldn’t pretend to be a forever flashless photographer any longer. When taking pictures in dark corners one needs light (to shine a light on the dark deeds). I discovered that a flash needs accessories to prevent killing the atmosphere. And the last lesson was using a flash requires practice. With only one day left before the event, I knew what to do.

I strapped Daughter in her car seat and drove to my preferred camera shop. I bought a second hand flash and an accessory kit to diffuse the light coming from the flash. I went to a nearby coffee shop and treat Daughter to cake. I drove home. I attached the flash to the camera. I took hundreds of pictures (of a very patient Daughter).

One afternoon practice was all I had, but it gave me just enough confidence I would be able to use it the day after.

And so I did. And the flash was an absolute picture saver.My friends were very pleased with the result.

Mission taking pictures during a once in a lifetime event accomplished.

My friends posing with their anniversary cakes. Made possible due to flash.
Door |2019-10-15T14:11:10+02:0015 oktober 2019|flow|0 Reacties

Rondje bij zonsondergang

Het is maandagavond. Dochter ligt op bed en is al stil, Man zit met een frons achter zijn bureau. Hij moet nog even iets doen voor de klant in het buitenland. Al een week lang kijk ik rond dit tijdstip naar de lucht boven het dak van de achterburen en zie dan de bomen in de verte intens groen afsteken tegen het avondblauw. En al die avonden bedenk ik me dat ik eigenlijk even een rondje moet gaan fietsen om te genieten van het laatste avondlicht over de groene velden. Tot nu toe won het comfort van de bank, maar als ik dan toch een hele avond alleen door moet brengen, dan kan dat net zo goed op de fiets met weids uitzicht. Ik kies voor een rondje ten noorden van Vathorst en ik neem m’n camera mee. Anderhalf uur peddel ik rustig tussen de hardlopers, snelfietsers en koeien. Heerlijk.

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Door |2019-07-03T22:50:05+02:003 juli 2019|deze dag, flow|0 Reacties