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Ken Kesey...
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Challenge: Graveyard (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Date: Jun 13, 2015
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2015

I'm sorry. I hope no one was too taken in by this.
Living in LosAngeles, I just didn't feel I was going to find anything rustic enough to fit what I had in my head. So...like Ken Kesey... I faked it.
Reason was twofold. As mentioned above, but then to geek out with some strobes. Inspired by JoeyL (who I see used to shoot for DPChallenges), I wanted to try to mix a bit of strobe with sunlight. I love the look he gets. And rather than ND the lens to shoot at f2.8 or lower, I wanted to test/use Nikon's CLS with high-speed sync flash. Just out of the frame (camera left pointed at the headstone) is an SB900 set to remote. Triggering via an SU800. The cool part was even though it was 3pm, in June, in SoCal, with the sun beating down-- the SB900 still saw the IR from the Master, at greater than 25' and fired every time. SS was 1/1250 and the high-speed sync didn't miss a beat, pulsing with the curtain and filling the frame on every shot. Awesome system.
Here's Ken's story, which I didn't know prior to shooting to this challenge.
As always, thanks for looking.

Ken Kesey--
Ken Kesey, author of the classic novel "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and member of the 60's counterculture group, The Merry Pranksters, staged his own death in 1965 to avoid being busted for marijuana. Parking his car near a bluff in Eureka, CA, he left a suicide note which read “Ocean, Ocean I'll beat you in the end” and fled to Mexico. When he returned, less than a year later, he was sent to jail for 5 months.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/23/2015 04:16:04 PM
I like the simplicity of this. I wonder if it might look even better with a little cropped off the right?
06/20/2015 12:20:04 AM
What a lovely location for a grave. I like the screaming tree behind.
06/17/2015 07:31:18 PM
Interesting tones. Not a fan of what the vignette does in the sky, but I do like the depth of field.

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