The Fish and the Flash

The Fish and the Flash

Finding new ways to photograph the boys is a constant challenge. First, the little buggers never sit still for more than 3 consecutive seconds in a 24 hour period. Second, there are only so many portrait type shots you can have before they start to look the same. So, what to do? “Bring out the Fish!”

The Nikon 10.5mm f2.8 Fisheye presents some unique benefits as well as its own set of challenges. How to deal with the distortion? Put your subject in the center. How to light him while shooting into the sun? Single Nikon SB-600 handheld and bare just out of the frame to camera’s left (which is no small feat considering the 180º coverage of the fish, but made easier with content aware fill in CS5, Shift-F5 on the keyboard for Mac), manual control on full power.

Now, I have a decently well lit photo with a unique composition that captures the goofiness of a 5 year old boy at a skatepark.

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  1. Heath O'Fee February 22, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    This is an awesome portrait, Rick. Love the fish…and that little devil looks like a bit of a troublemaker 😉

  2. Mike Olbinski February 22, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Excellent job…wow, you held a flash off-camera…just amazing what you do with light sometimes.

    Very unique portrait.

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