Eryngium Sea Holly
Still Life Photography
With my Canon Speedlite 430Ex II and St-E2 transmitter, back lighting the flower heads, with diffused continuous light on the front of the flowers.
This was not as easy as they say it is. Getting the settings right from the start, was always going to be an issue, and finding the right light position wasn’t as bad as I thought. The flash was set at +1 over exposed; the exposure was in manual at 2.0seconds and 3.2seconds for the diffused front facing light. The 430Ex II was a slave to the transmitter. I held the flash gun behind the flowers, diagonally opposite to the diffused studio light with umbrella. I even tried the flash gun behind a second studio light behind the umbrella (the continuous bulb light switched off). I stopped at f/16 using 100mm macro lens at ISO100. With small amount of editing and sharpening in Lightroom, these images have come out as I wanted them to. I used a black backdrop blue tacked on the wall (which fell down several time) from the studio cubes I bought some time ago. This saved me setting up the full studio in the dining room. There would have been even more trip hazard alerts and near-misses than I have in my day job.
Now I am no flash expert, however increasing the power (as I would expect) drained the AA batteries quite readily in the Speedlite. The transmitter has somehow has a longer life Lithium battery. Now it would make sense to have longer life AA batteries for the flash, you would think? I may have to look at getting some rechargeable ones instead. Practicing something you’re not familiar with takes up a lot of time, wasting frames and a lot of batteries…..