Nesconset Gazebo – April 22

This past Sunday we had planned to make another trip to Kings Park Psych. Center to hit the other side of the road for some different buildings and views.  But as luck would have it, it was rained out.  But that didn’t stop us, we made the best of it and had a lot of fun.  In my opinion, I’m glad it was rained out!

Although it was rainy and cold, more cold than any of us expected, it made for some great shots.  With it being kind of dark and dreary, it was a perfect opportunity to break out the lighting gear.  We had one strobe set up with a reflector umbrella and one with just the bare strobe and then alternated between using one or the other and then eventually set both of them up on the same  subject.  With the use of the radio triggers it was easy to take the transmitter off of a camera and let someone else put it on theirs and try out a few shots.  So a few people were able to play around with this, which I’m sure was a lot of fun for those that have never worked with off camera flash.  “Well, looks like I know what my next purchase is!” was one of the comments I overheard.  It was cool to see it spark even more interest in photography for those in our group.  Also it’s great practice (and fun!) for those of us that have have been using off camera lighting for a while now or are just getting into it.

As you can see, some props were brought such as fangs, a skull and so on.  This made it really fun and it also helps people to loosen up and be a little crazy – especially in front of the camera, since this is uncomfortable for people sometimes.

All in all, it was a great time.  Sure it was rainy and cold and soggy and miserable and muddy and wet….but our gear was dry under the gazebo, the dark ambiance made for great off camera lighting  shots and there was always heat in our cars later!

As they say, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  In this case, when life handed us lemons, we brought flash units and fangs!

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~ by Craig Kempf on April 23, 2012.

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