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Challenge: Balancing Flash Outdoors (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Lens: Olympus 75mm f1.8 for m43
Location: San Diego
Date: Sep 11, 2019
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 1250
Shutter: 2
Date Uploaded: Sep 12, 2019

The idea came to me to do something a little different, and interpret the title quite literally, but also have the flash to go off and do its job, so nobody would be able to accuse me of ignoring the spirit of the challenge :). And I also made sure to do it in my backyard, so the "outdoors" part would be taken care of as well.

Balancing a big camera and a flash on a piece of plywood on top of an egg proved not easy, so I used a little cardboard "crutch" (which was easily cloned out in p/p) to provide an additional point of support. Still the whole contraption was precariously shaky, I am happy that it did not go crashing down during the shoot.

Since I only could trigger my Nikon flash from the on-camera flash in the command mode, I had to put the Nikon camera on a timer, trigger it, and then run to press the shutter on my Olympus to capture the moment both Nikons fired. The exposure needed to be long enough so I won't miss the flash, so I used a 10-stop ND filter on my Olympus to extend it to a couple of seconds.

Of course, I knew I would get a healthy share of low votes from people expecting to only see outdoor portraits, so I am happy that it still managed to end up on the front page. Those who enjoyed it, thank you for the votes and comments!

Place: 5 out of 18
Avg (all users): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.7000
Avg (non-participants): 6.3810
Views since voting: 409
Views during voting: 104
Votes: 52
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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09/20/2019 11:47:33 AM

Congratulations, Lev!

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09/20/2019 11:07:12 AM
Lev, you are a creative genius! I love it!
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09/20/2019 06:14:58 AM
Very creative and quite a literal interpretation of the challenge. I truly appreciate the thought process that went into creating this result. Way to go!
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09/20/2019 01:04:59 AM
Love the creativity!
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09/20/2019 12:24:14 AM
They talk to each other, right? Great imagination.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2019 03:55:13 AM
Yes! Excellent. My top scorer so far.
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09/17/2019 05:36:47 PM
Great take on the challenge!
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09/14/2019 05:06:48 AM
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09/13/2019 11:33:22 AM
Very creative.
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09/13/2019 12:32:23 AM
well I never !!! great idea 7
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