|Photo by Cissie West|
I've been giving a lot of thought to my occasional need for "more power" in the flash department. My trusty pair of Norman 200B flashes is used less and less, being replaced by two Godox AD200 flashes. I'm beginning to appreciate the capabilities these flashes bring. The advanced battery technology makes the units self-contained and super compact, and the bare bulb and the new round flash adding to the versatility. With each unit having the power equivalent of three Nikon SB-900s, these AD200s bring bring something I thought I'd never see - the capability of High Speed Synchronization (HHS) without having to employ multiple speedlights. This is something I never seriously explored because it wastes so much of the speedlight's power. Click here to read a summary on the relative light loss when using HSS and Nikon speedlights. But the AD200's abundant power might actually make this a practical field application, so I'll be playing with that in the future. Initial experiments have been very encouraging!
In the on-line edition of the paper, these two photos were included, an indication that both contributed to the article they were made to accompany.
September 10 - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: My niece let me know that Justice Sotomayor was going to be in town promoting a new release of her biography re-written for a middle-school reading level. She made it a point of giving a high-five, a hug, or a handshake to anybody in the audience under the age of eighteen, and graciously answered any question posed to her. The lighting couldn't be improved, since I was working in a no-flash zone and under the watchful eyes of the U.S. Marshal Service.
If an identical opportunity comes again, I'll try to get the light pole away from the dog's back, so long as I can keep the silhouettes of the trees in the back.