My thanks go again to Liam Ramsell of Irish Eyes for hosting the second shooting urban portraits seminar in Cork. The weather was more than kind with the cloud breaking up to leave a blemish free azure blue sky. It was hot hot hot and my delegates were seriously skilled photographers. Here are a few of my pictures from today straight from Lightroom.
Simple elements come together well in this portrait. A Canon Speedlite provided the foreground illumination and the sky was held back a stop for good measure. ISO 100, f16, 1/200th second.
The half landing on floor 6 of the Clarion hotel in Cork provides the backdrop for this semi abstract photograph. Taken using a mix of natural daylight from an adjacent window and the low wattage wall light.
The window and light exposed from the picture above. Inspired by the work of Edward Hopper.
I used the same settings as in the first frame but here I set the scene by adding the historic waterfront buildings of Cork.
A zoomed Speedlite on the top of my Canon 5D provided the light, while the wind provided the moment.
This was a dark dark place. ISO 800, f/2.8, and just 1/6th of a second exposure was needed to capture this natural light jem. I love the challenge of minimal light and it took 3 exposures to get a sharp one.
1/6th second exposure once again was needed for this photograph. I used a monopod to steady my Canon 5D and used a 70-200 f/2.8 lens wide open.
Simple design and 1/13th second exposure was used to capture this contre jour image.
This picture shows Liam my host lending a hand as a second light stand for my 580 EX2 flash. We were working in full sunlight at near the maximum operational exposure values available. The shutter was set to the flash sync of 1/200th, the aperture was set to f/22 and the ISO was 100. That left one option of reducing the ISO capability to L should we have needed it. The other flash is a Nikon SB 800 for the Nikon shooting delegates. Both the Canon and Nikon units performed impeccably all day.