I bribed Logan to come out w/ me for some practice the other day (thank goodness for ice cream sandwiches!). I've got a couple of shoots coming up that are going to be in full sun, so I figured I had better practice. I brought out my speedlight to use for fill flash. I set my iso to 100. And I dragged the boy to a field of bluebonnets.
Now ... as his mom, I love these. However, I see SO much wrong w/ them. Like ... the pin lights from the flash. *sigh* And I was having a terrible time w/ the shots being over exposed. My aperture was generally around 2.8 b/c I really wanted a shallow DOF. But I couldn't get my shutter speed any faster than 1/200 due to the sync speed of the flash (or something to that effect).
So ... I ask this ... what would YOU do in this situation? would you close down the ap and deal w/ the cluttered background (not that I had one here, but the shoot I have coming up this weekend will be in a more populated/busy area and I won't have bluebonnets as my backdrop).? Or would you opt for a reflector instead of a fill flash?
I'm truly interested in what you guys would do.
Here are a few that I liked despite the pin lights and other issues. C&C always appreciated (even though I am probably much more critical than you guys would be).
All shots at iso 100 taken w/ my 50mm f/1.4
1. f/2.8 ss=1/200
2. f/2.8 ss=1/200
3. f/2.8 ss=1/200
(no one but me likes this shot. it's just so true to how he looks most of the time. he's a serious dude. in this case b/c he thought he saw a bee.)
4. f/2.8 ss=1/200
5. f/2.8 ss=1/200
(look! I tried an angle! still chopped off his elbow and knee, but .... )
6. f/2.8 ss=1/200
(this is for a "Deep in the Heart of Texas" scrapbook page. )
7. and this is what I did w/ some of these pics ... gonna be printed and framed for mothers day for all the grandmas