Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Sunset Beauty"

"Sunset Beauty"
©David A. Ziser

Yes, this is exactly what the sunset looked like on the evening I captured this image. We had just finished a great series of images with the bride and groom and were getting ready to pack things up when the sun burst into this beautiful, exciting sunset. I asked my clients if we could just get a few more shots. Seeing the newly appearing dramatic sunset, they gladly agreed. We don't get sunsets like this too ofter in the Mid-West, but this one sure was a beauty and a nice bonus for our photography session. My assistant is out of range to the left of the scene with my off-camera flash. Camera specs; Nikon D1x fitted with 16mm Fisheye lens (I'm considering picking one of these up for my Canons - I still like the look of the image); F5.6 @ 1/320 second, ISO 640. Enjoy! -David

7 comments:

  1. Ault Park, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  2. This is a beautiful shot! I love the light!! Was this a regular Nikon SB-800 speedlight flash that was used to create this light on the bride or was it a strobe?
    Thanks so much for sharing your amazing work!
    Desiree

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  3. I just want to thank you for sharing your knowledge. I can't wait each day for the new post. See you in Birmingham in November. Wish you were coming to my area sooner.

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  4. I am just wondering: you used 1/320, did you have a high sync off camera flash set-up?
    The effect from the fish-eye is amazing. I think I will put one on my wish-list.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas and techniques!

    Arpad

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  5. one question I had similar to Arpad's is about the ISO. Did you let the camera auto select or is there a method to the madness in the selection of the ISO?

    great site.

    Mike

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  6. Arpad - Mr. Ziser had made many posts about how he uses shutter speeds faster than the sync speed of the camera. Look up his video tutorial "My Cheatin' Flash" for particulars.

    Mr. Ziser - Any tips for how to meter this kind of light. Let's ignore the flash for a moment - how do you meter the ambient light exposure for a sunset like this? I know once the exposure is determined it's a matter of keeping the shutter speed and aperture balanced to match the aperture with the flash output. I have difficulty getting the exposure of the sunset just right. Having the sun (or any other real light source) tends to fool the meter.

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