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_MG_1791c Direct Flash with Omnibounce.jpg

_MG_1791c Direct Flash with Omnibounce.jpg

I was recruited by the church in which I exercise to take pictures of visitors to their "Night in Bethlehem" holiday walk-through. Visitors were ushered to one of two tents in a darkened Fellowship Hall, where small tents were lits with two GE Reveal bulbs in metal reflectors gave enough light to focus with. Bounce flash was out of the question, so direct flash had to be used. Tilting the flash head up to a 45 degree angle resulted in bad shadows under chins, so I gave in and used direct flash. The Reveal bulbs helped prevent red-eye because they shut down pupils. Elsewhere in the church, in the rooms where church members demonstrated life in Biblican times, I experimented and found that I could use the flash bounced of ceilings which had been draped with charcoal grey cloth. Amazingly, the color came out beautiful. Auto White Balance was set in the camera and images were processed from RAW. I did have a slight problem with placing the subjects properly centered due to wearing glasses and not fully seeing the complete image in the viewfinder. That is a case for framing with an LCD! Camera/lens combination came in close to five pounds and after two and half hours of shooting I was longing for a micro 43 camera/flash combo which would have weighed in at about 2 lbs 2 oz.

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Canon EOS 7D ,Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
1/160s f/7.1 at 50.0mm iso200 full exif

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