Friday, February 27, 2009

"The Colors Of Summer"

"The Colors Of Summer"
©David A. Ziser

This image was made on a very, very hot afternoon in September. The challenge was this. Was there any way I could capture the rich color of the blue sky with beautiful cloud formations behind the bride? The typical “F16 sunny day” rule for correct exposure is;
1/ISO @ F16. You can see from the camera specs that I was in the ballpark for the exposure. I managed to keep the bride in the shade but I still needed to sync my Canon 5D at 1/500 second – no problem –just hit the “high speed sync” button of the back of the flash and I’ve got it. Because of the giant power dump of the flash in high-speed sync mode, my second 580EX flash had to be fairly close to the bride. That wasn’t a problem either because of my tight field of view with my long lens. With the bride in the shade, the shadows went a bit dark. This was an easy fix with my on-camera 580EX flash dialed down to the appropriate intensity for the contrast I wanted. Hey, a little complicated but I think we still captured a nice shot. Canon 5D fitted with 70-200mm F2.8 IS lens at 120mm, F14 @ 1/500 second, ISO 400.
Enjoy! -David


  1. Hi David,
    Thanks for all your wonderful posts. I have learned quite a lot from them.
    Please why did you have to use an ISO of 400 considering that the picture was shot under a very sunny condition. I always thought for such conditions it has to be dialed down to ISO 100.
    What would be the difference in your camera settings if the ISO is set lower

  2. David - Isn't the formula for sunny 16 more like: shutter speed = 1/ISO @ F16 ? Please correct me if I am wrong.
    Regards, Gary

  3. Yep, That's what happens to late night bloggers. -David

    I fixed it. Thanks.

  4. Hi David,
    Your description implies you used 2 flash units. If so, I assume one was on the camera and the other one on your right side, the bride's left side. Please confirm.


  5. David,

    You tend to not mention the mode you shoot in with the 5D, nor the power settings on the flashes. I for one would find that useful. (I'd guess aperture priority and main power @ 1:1 for this one.)