A new experience this week – I’ve had a go at Stroboscopic Flash. Impressive name, difficult technique. With a bit of a learning curve to climb!
Stroboscopic Flash – a single, longish exposure ( perhaps 2 or 3 seconds ), where the subject is moving in the frame and the strobe/flash light goes off a number of times whilst the shutter remains open. Best executed in as dark a room as you can manage with a plain black background set up as far back from the subject as possible. ( You may want to keep a low-level light on to stop you tripping over tripods and light stands, etc – but if the light is too bright and the exposure very long, that light will show in the final image ).
You’ll need a strobe that will fire a set number of times at a set frequency ( numbers such as 4Hz are oft quoted, meaning 4 flashes in 1 second ).
So 8 flashes at 4 Hz will require an shutter speed of 2 seconds ( to accommodate all 8 flashes ).
I set the Olympus to Manual mode, 1/250 sec and an f stop determined by trial and error. I told you I was learning! And I used a wireless remote to trigger the strobe.
These images are not perfect, I know that, but they demonstrate the principle and give me a base from which to improve.
If you try it, have fun. And be prepared to take LOADS of images to catch the ones that work!
A single swinging nut!
A toy bird that shudders itself down its shiny pole!
Just TWO coloured pig-pong balls dropped onto a table. Shame about the background at the top of the frame.
These fantastic patterns appeared on our conservatory windows one morning earlier this week. To good to miss, I took the opportunity to take a few shots using a 60mm macro lens on the Olympus EM1 Mark II – and a tripod.
All backlit with natural light from the garden – and tweaked ( a touch ) in Lightroom Classic CC.
A quiet photography week since our return from Aldeburgh ( see ALDEBURGH – 03 ), so this week I’ve been looking through some older images and, for some reason, homed in on the topic of texture.
It’s been said many times before, but it’s worth repeating – good or bad lighting can make or break a potential image. And this is particularly true if you are looking to capture texture in your image. Have I achieved that in these four images? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
An appropriate subject plus directional side lighting is often the key, although my second image is more ‘soft’ light than directional.
Just returned from a couple of days in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk – North Sea coast. Bracing – but beautiful. A fabulous mix of coastland and places to visit inland – Snape Maltings, the ruins of Leiston Abbey – and much more.
Here are some images from Aldeburgh itself, the last one being of Maggi Hambling’s controversial Scallop – originally situated closer to to the town, but moved because some residents felt it spoilt the beach! You decide. The shot was taken just as the sun was coming up, some of the colour on the Scallop being reflected sunlight,
One of my previously broken New Year’s Resolutions was to get to grips with off-camera, outdoor flash photography – away from my usual safety net of a home studio and lots of time!
So eventually, a couple of days ago, I ventured outside into the garden with my Olympus OMD MKII, a 60mm macro lens and flash gun ( on an extension lead ) to catch whatever was about.
The first three images are of a clump of fungi Daphne had spotted growing in a sheltered corner of the garden. Fungi in January? A little unexpected – but then our winter, so far, has been quite mild – nothing to the atrocious weather that has struck parts of continental Europe. Our thoughts go to anyone who is suffering as a result!
The final image is of grass growing in the crevices of an old tree stump (thanks, Trevor!!). This is probably the result of bird food left in the stump for the passing wildlife – but then again, we’ve not seen much of that over the past few weeks. They are obviously being fed somewhat better further down the road.
A couple of days before the New Year Daphne and I went for one of our favourite walks – along the South Bank of the River Thames, between St Pauls Cathedral and Embankment Station. These are some of the images I caught along the way.
All taken on the Olympus EM-1 Mk II ( I hear there’s a new one coming out later this month. Oh dear!! ) … and a 12-100mm f4 Pro Lens, handheld. ( Yes, I know!! )
Not much incentive to venture outside in this cold grey weather. So I’ve hunkered down in my (Slightly) warmer garage/studio and taken more studies of shop-purchased flowers.
Fairly weak on identifying which is what, but then it’s the image that counts. Hope you agree. 🙂
The ‘Purple Macro’ is a single shot. I’ve just rediscovered my Sigma Ring Flash and dragged it out for this shot. With the flower-head just a couple of inches in front of the 60mm macro lens, even lighting is always going to be difficult. There are still some dark shadows in the centre of the image, but I think I can live with those.
The “Ornamental Kale” shot is a focus-stacked image – 18 individual layers, merged together in Photoshop CC to give the deeper depth of field.
All taken on the Olympus E-M1 MkII with a 60mm macro lens. Will Olympus ever bring out a macro lens in their Pro Lens series?