Category Archives: off camera flash

Basketball… the will to prepare.

“The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important” – Bob Knight

Composite by Joyce Meyer | Lightroom | Photoshop | Ashe Design elements | Topaz edits

Prime of My Life

Apparently, I’m in the “prime” of my life…

A prime lens has just one focal length (in contrast to a zoom lens that covers a wider range of lengths).

Back in the day I used prime lenses while shooting with medium format film cameras, but the digital world has found me using zoom lenses exclusively for several years.

Why would I want a prime lens when I could have a zoom that covers a variety of lengths? Easy answer – money.  In the midst of downsizing equipment, I’ve found myself in need of an affordable lens to go on an older body. Quality and price are both factors and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM seemed to fit the bill. My other lenses open to 2.8, so having a faster lens at 1.8 could be interesting. Maybe I’ll reinvent myself as a low light street photographer – you never know.

So, at sunset I took my new little lens to our nearby slough to try it out… pretty much straight out of camera except for tweaking exposure.

ISO 250 / F 6.3 / 1/800
ISO 250 / F 6.3 / 1/800

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ISO 250 / F 1.8 / 1.500

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ISO 100 / F 4 / 1/125

Used this 50mm lens while trying out a DIY  beauty dish, of sorts, with equipment I already had on hand – cheap $37 slave that screws into a regular light socket inside a silver chick warmer. Not much for catch lights, but kind of worked.

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ISO 100/F 1.8/Shutter 1/60

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ISO 100/F 11/Shutter 1/500

Price for this handy little lens?  $125 – much less than the $1600 price tag for a new 24-70 Canon 2.8 zoom. While I like the lens for stationary subjects, I did find the autofocus slow when trying to capture moving subjects.

Following is one of many reviews:  Digital-Picture Review of Canon 50 mm EF f/1.8 STM Lens

All images posted were taken by myself, Joyce Meyer, in Manfred Township, Lac qui Parle County, located in Southwest Minnesota.

 

Sports, lighting and a misfire…

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Image by Joyce Meyer

It was getting towards dusk and the plan was to light the subject from both sides, but it was at the end of the session and the batteries were getting tired. Hence, one flash fired and the other didn’t. After looking through the images I decided this one was worth saving after all. I’m a sucker for drama.

Canon 5D Mark 3, 580 EX 2 speedlight, 3.0 at 1/125, ISO 400

Outdoor portrait: Sun plus external speed light

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All you need is love… and light

Wedding dance images are always a favorite since the day is coming to a close and the stress is now gone. Time to relax and enjoy the moment. Add a Canon 580 EX2  off camera flash plus another 580 EX2 on camera bounced off the ceiling synced with Cybersync radio triggers and let the emotions flow.

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 May you continue the pursuit of happiness and sometimes pause to just be happy.