|Photo #1 1/8 second, F 5.6, ISO 500, Daylight Balance|
I often use the Full CTOs to give the shots a warm, candle-light look. In this case, it didn't quite work, possibly because the mule's natural color (the white blaze on her face) was rendered too warm to be believable. I experimented in trying to correct the color balance in post production, but was really happy with the results. One problem with filtration - If the saturation of a any of the primary colors (red, green blue) goes "over the top", you can never recover a attractive relationship between these three primary colors.
I was pleased with the two-light setup I used that evening. That bright fireball near the left edge of the photo is actually the key light, held aloft with by Cissie with a monopod. If you look at the highlight on the fence, you can see that the beam angle has been narrowed to form a spot of light centered on my subject's face. From the position at camera left, the speedlight provides a classic Rembrandt lighting, while the on-camera fill speedlight, feathered up slightly to prevent foreground overexposure, provides the necessary fill.
This is Jay, a photographer working with the event who I met last year. He too uses a Fuji XT2, but opted for the 16-55 2.8 as his main lens, one I passed on because it was too bulky and not wide enough for my taste We were experimenting with flashes, and I made this photo using my two speedlights and his flash, a Phottix I think, triggered in the optical slave mode. Since it wasn't equipped with a gel, its light is rendered impossibly blue when the camera is set to the Incandescent white balance preset.
I had considered trying to get a one of the rabbis to stand in front of the shadow cast by the menorah, but there wasn't time, space, or (long) lens enough to make the shot come together. I'll file this idea away for next year, and may experiment with the concept well before then.