This is a picture of a friend taken in my front yard under the intensely bright sky of St. George, Utah. Blown highlights on the white shirt but other than that I thought it was a nice image. Taken with a D2H, 17-55mm and fill flash.
Kevin Scott said:Gordon, I think you did a fine job with the fill flash. That's something I'm not very comfortable with. Would you care to expound on some details concerning that? Like what flash compensation values did you use? How do you determine how much to dial up/down? Is it trial and error or does it just come naturally with experience? I don't like the look of outdoor flash, generally speaking, but this is just another fine example of when it works--imo!
Nice Portrait. I like the eye contact which really makes me look into his eyes when I see this image.
I also face the same problems controlling white under intense bright sky. I always choose to let some white blow on the shirts/caps to get a good image. I would rather deal w/ some blown whites rather than noise due to underexposure.
On my monitor, the skin tones look a bit greenish. However my monitor is not calibrated. Shooting under the influence of light going through green foliage always gives me a WB which is a bit greenish w/ my D70. Are you seeing any similar issues?
Steve S said:Looks very natural Gordon, so you did a good job with it. Jees, I initially thought you were posting a pic of a horse, and accidentally put it in the wrong forum. You do remember the TV show Mr Ed, don't you?
My question is this; since the main is normally placed to the side of the subject in the studio, and the fill light is normally adjacent to the camera's position, was your setup done with this in mind or not?