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December 7, 2008 - Last month I got something really exciting in the mail, Bike Magazine, and for the second time in my life I had a photo on the cover of it. What set this cover apart for me was that it was my first published image that was taken at faster than the normal sync speed of my flash. This was shot at 1/500th of a second with flashes, something that I'm actually quite excited about. See my post on Camera Sync Speed and Flash for more details.

Red Bull Rampage

The Details:

This was shot at 1/500 f5 with a Nikon D2Xs. I used 2 Nikon SB800’s set to manual 1/2 power and mounted on a single stand. I can’t remember exactly what the zoom was set at but I metered it out to match the sunlight coming from almost directly overhead. Flash’s are on a stand at the bottom of the photo in the middle, behind the bush. Some people may wonder why I used 2 flashes at 1/2 power, isn’t that the same as one flash at 1/1? Yes it is, the big difference is that the flash duration is way quicker, so you get a crisper image, and if I was going to take a second shot, they recycle way faster as well. I’ve started using 2 SB800’s together now for a lot of different things, it just seems to work better for me.


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