The bounced flash would light my foreground subjects with soft, even lighting, but little light reached the background. To compensate, I increased my exposure time until there was just enough detail to reveal guests milling about in the background (Photo #5). I noticed that there was a ceiling mounted spotlight that could provide enough light to separate my subjects from the background if they were properly positioned in its beam. And if I could include that spotlight in the photo, the dark ceiling would be revealed for what it was, rather than just an underexposed dark region. To my surprise, the solution to the background problem emerged, and I was glad of it. Just then, these two young women walked by. Seeing I had a camera in hand, they automatically assumed I could use their cell phone to make a photo, and so asked. I countered by saying that if they would pose for me, I would instead send them a photo taken with my camera. They agreed, and the resulting test shot showed that my lighting solution would work (Photo #6).
I immediately packed up my gear, completely satisfied with the final product. If you look closely at the image I submitted, you can make out the smiling face of my new best friend, the young lady I photographed earlier that evening (Photo #8).
As I left the venue, I recall thinking about the expression on the Media Coordinator’s face, who looked at me as if to say, “I can’t believe you DID that!”.
Come to think of it, neither can I.