This evening, Eyal and I wrapped up our Premier Co-ed Sports contract (for lack of a better word.) They had their end of the year party/awards ceremony at Sparian's in Raleigh. It's a pretty decent place for a party. A few bowling lanes, a decent room with tables for a more tradtional banquet feel a lounge and bar area that was really cool.
The winning teams for each sport were awarded medals which were actually pretty nice. Better than some of the medals the girls have gotten at meets. Before they were handed out, I snapped a picture of them and thought it looked pretty cool. Since these pictures weren't intended for posters or anything which required them to be blown up, just facebook posts, I shot in JPG to start with. This one was ISO 100, 46mm, f5.0, 1/60, A mode, SB600 flash.
There's a funny story about my SB600: I haven't used it since shooting the frames a few weeks ago. While reading how to make it work as a slave, I read that you had to un-do everything you did to put it in slave mode to get it to act as a primary again. I thought I had done that. It was acting very strangely though. It normally will adapt to the zoom of the lens but it was flashing 14mm no matter what I did. I figured I had neglected to do something but for the life of me I couldn't figure out what it was. I got it to work well enough however so I just shot and hoped for the best. Most pictures came out pretty well.
I decided I needed to (after owning this thing for over 6 years) look at the owner's manual to figure out how to get it back to normal. I only needed to get to page 10 before realizing what the issue was. Page 10 is the schematic of the light. The very first part labeled is the "Built in wide-flash adapter." which I had always thought was a diffuser. The description for this piece is as such, "Increases the angle of coverage to match a 14mm lens." Hmmm....14mm sounds familiar! I had put it down to reduce shadow in a closed space and it never occurred to me to lift it to see if that was the issue. When I read that, I laughed right out loud for several minutes. I immediately got it back out and put it on the camera, lifted the wide-flash adapter and - viola! it worked as it was supposed to! See what reading the manual does for you?
Kylie, Eliza and David - Owners of Premier Co-ed Sports
One other note, Eyal and I finally had a chance to meet David. We've been corresponding with him throughout this endeavor but have never met him face to face. Everything we've done has been through e-mail, smug-mug, adobe and pay-pal! Amazing times we live in, huh? It turns out he is thrilled with our work and "Of course" he wants us to continue shooting next season! Whopie!
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun