Available Light

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How many of you only shoot available light? I have never gotten around to get a flash for my D200 or my F4s and use what light there is to get all my shots. The flower tests shots I did are all shot without a flash. I am always thinking of different ways to use available light to get the shot I want.

I can't tell if I do it to be creative or because I am Scottish and too cheap to buy one.
 
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I shoot nothing but available light. I did own a SB800 for a couple weeks, and while I did love the results, I sold it to fund my Leica. I'll eventually get a few SB800 down the road again, but I've always loved trying to work with what's available at the moment. Of course the fast lenses and fast film help.

I doesn't hurt to buy a cheaper flash to play with though. There are some results you can't get without one.
 
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last summer i was to buy several flash units and some RRS flash brackets to use with a 200mmf4Macro....got side tracked.
available light is my preference, and i'm trying to steer my way over to available dark...with Black and White film.
 
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Dave,

I never use flash or strobes unless I am doing product shots. I shooting entirely with available light(or darkness). That is why I have a bulging bag of fast glass and shoot very high-speed film even faster. This is a good example of my preferred method of photography.

Not that using flashes and strobes is bad, just not my style of photography.
 
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Dave,

I never use flash or strobes unless I am doing product shots. I shooting entirely with available light(or darkness). That is why I have a bulging bag of fast glass and shoot very high-speed film even faster. This is a good example of my preferred method of photography.

Not that using flashes and strobes is bad, just not my style of photography.

That's a nice image you linked to. What is you favorite high speed film atm? I used to use T-Max 3200 and Kodak High Speed Recording Film
 
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That's a nice image you linked to. What is you favorite high speed film atm? I used to use T-Max 3200 and Kodak High Speed Recording Film
Dave,

My favorite high-speed B&W is T-Max 3200 aka p3200TMZ, I used this film exclusively for many years. On the recommendation of several members here, I have started shooting Delta 3200. The verdict for me is still out, so T-Max 3200 is still my first choice. I have another roll of Delta 3200 ready to go into the camera this weekend, so I will know more soon.
 
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