Inspired by Strobist

As I've posted in the past, I recently picked up photography as a hobby. Thanks to some great suggestions I started reading the Strobist website and this weekend I was inspired to have some fun with my flash (a Nikon SB-800).

These pictures were taken mid-day. There was a bright sun, but I reduced the ambient light by speeding up the shutter and closing down the aperture. Then I added a flash to highlight Nora's face. In some of the later pictures I also convinced my wife to hold a makeshift reflector to serve as a fill light. Since I am shooting with a Nikon D40 I have to use the SU-4 remote mode on the SB-800 to trigger it remotely. In this mode the flash triggers whenever is 'sees' another flash fire. So I set the D40 to manual, setup my shutter and aperture, and turned the flash on manual to its lowest setting (1/32 power). This allows the camera to trigger the SB-800 without imacting the exposure too much. It took a while to tweak all the settings manually but I'm pretty happy with what I ended up with. The whole point of this exercise is to get the flash 'off camera' without exensive cameras or adapters.

You can check out all the pictures here (SmugMug).

I'm also working to utilize post processing (I shoot RAW) to improve my photographs. For this one I explored shifting to grayscale. You can see the original color in the above link.