"Thinking Outside the Lens"

December 21, 2012  •  3 Comments

Bayfront Marin House B&B Dining RoomBayfront Marin House-9621 The Challenge: How to balance the very brightly lit white ceiling without blowing out highlights & retaining some color in the stained glass while properly exposing the dark floor. I wasn't planning on snapping this type of shot & therefore, not fully equipped with any cords, transmitters, or modifiers. But, alas, I found myself presented with a nicely decorated holiday scene (at the lovely Bayfront Marin House B&B) with a loaner 8-15mm Canon Fisheye lens in hand. I needed to add light to the floor with my external flash mounted on the hotshoe atop the camera body. I could angle my flash just about everywhere, except the floor.

The Solution: The simplest solution was to TURN MY CAMERA UPSIDE DOWN & angle my flash toward the floor. Voila. What you see here is the image rotated 180 degrees with a bump to clarity, vibrance, noise reduction, & local adjustments to saturation & exposure to the light fixture in Lightroom.

I love having these AHa! moments when the most obvious solutions reveal themselves to you. This technique can be employed by just about anyone with a flash that can be angled. No need for high tech gear. (Of course, this isn't going to work in every situation, like outdoors with an expansive scene, for example.)

Try this sometime when necessity calls & be prepared to capture the look on your friends' faces as they wonder whether they need to arrange for a designated driver to get you home!

Enjoy the Winter Solstice & remember to CELEBRATE as we gain LIGHT each day now for several months!

Camera specs: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM @ 8mm, 1/60 second @ f5.6, ISO 2000.


Comments

3.Debby Stubbs(non-registered)
Very clever, Jackie.
2.Jackie(non-registered)
Thank you so much for the visit, your support, & enthusiastic comment Jodi!
1.Jodi(non-registered)
OMG!!!! Jackie, I am sooo excited about your blog! You are an awesome, gifted photographer and now we will get to see exactly how you achieve such great shots! LOVE this picture! BRAVO!
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