Toby shot using HSS


bychan

Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 23:26
Having recently purchased a Metz 44 af-2, and inspired by Nigel's excellent flash guide manual, I decided to have a play with high speed sync.

Now, my only willing model is Toby, who just about managed to stay still long enough. Windy conditions and Spaniel ears don't exactly mix

All with the 70 Ltd.

1


ISO200, f5.6 @1/320

2


ISO200, f5.6 @1/320

3


ISO200, f6.3 @ 1/640

4


ISO200, f5.6 @1/320

All good fun, as well as a steep learning curve.

Regards
Adrian
K5IIs, Sigma 10-20, Pentax DA 16-85, Pentax DA 55-300, Pentax 70 Ltd, Metz 44 AF-2.
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ambott/

McGregNi

Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 23:32
Wow, they've worked really well! You've got control of that bright glaring sky, and with an aperture wide enough that has given a nice OOF look to the background .....plus your subject is nicely exposed and brought out by the flash. They are classic HSS examples , nice work, I'm very pleased the technique has been useful for you .
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver

malcombe

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 02:13
Adrian,
Nice shots, hope you got the model release form signed, and paid him well.

Regards
Malcombe

08tiger

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 06:44
Great shots, hope you paid your model in treats.
C&C welcome.
Don.

pschlute

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 07:16
Well done Toby, and you too Adrian. I love the last one, really nice shot.

Spaniels and their ears.....don't get me started !
Peter



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stub

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 10:32
Impressive results..... Well done Adrian
K-1Gripped K-1 ungripped K-5ii K7 Various lenses

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Last Edited by stub on 29/03/2017 - 10:33

Mag07

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 12:34
Wow, fantastic shots and what a model. The wind and the ears mix all too well!
'Photography...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten....' (Aaron Siskind)

JAK

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 15:25
Which menu option do you set on the camera to allow HSS? I've watched a video about using this on another brand beginning with N which shows a star against the sync speed in the camera's menu option when HSS is achievable with a compatible flash gun but cannot find anything similar on any of my Pentax's.
I'd like to try it but I'm failing at the first hurdle!
John K

DOIK

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 15:41
You don't. Set camera to manual and flash synch to HS. There are probably other ways, but I use manual for flash exposures.

John

JAK

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 16:11
Ah, so Pentax's are cleverer than that other brand beginning with N and don't need it. I'll try that. Thanks.
I see the HS only kicks in when you go above the camera's sync speed. That explains why I wasn't seeing HS on the flash display even though it was set. I'd have thought if you'd set it it would display it but not bother using it until it became necessary. Confusingly implemented on my 360 if I may so so.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 29/03/2017 - 16:15

pschlute

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 16:15
If you set HSS on the flash unit you will be able to select a shutter speed above the X-sync speed. If you select a speed at or below X-sync you will see the HSS change on the flash unit to non HSS mode, at least on the Pentax dedicated units.
Peter



My Flickr page

JAK

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 16:16
pschlute wrote:
If you set HSS on the flash unit you will be able to select a shutter speed above the X-sync speed. If you select a speed at or below X-sync you will see the HSS change on the flash unit to non HSS mode, at least on the Pentax dedicated units.

Thanks, I can see that now. I was setting HS but it wasn't displaying it.
John K

MrB

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 16:35
A great entertaining series - he seems very well-behaved. He looks quite streamlined in number 2, and number 3 is a hoot!

Cheers.
Philip

bychan

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 19:33
McGregNi wrote:
Wow, they've worked really well! You've got control of that bright glaring sky, and with an aperture wide enough that has given a nice OOF look to the background .....plus your subject is nicely exposed and brought out by the flash. They are classic HSS examples , nice work, I'm very pleased the technique has been useful for you .

Thanks; I must convey how useful your excellent flash guide has been so far, it's been a huge help in what is a steep learning curve (and I'm sure will continue to be a big help).

JAK wrote:
Which menu option do you set on the camera to allow HSS? I've watched a video about using this on another brand beginning with N which shows a star against the sync speed in the camera's menu option when HSS is achievable with a compatible flash gun but cannot find anything similar on any of my Pentax's.
I'd like to try it but I'm failing at the first hurdle!

On the Metz (44 af-2 anyhow), once a shutter speed slower than x-sync is selected, then HSS kicks in automatically (using either M, TV or TAV modes).

If you haven't read Nigel's Pentax flash guide, then I would highly recommend this as it truly is excellent.

Toby was indeed well behaved, and has been well rewarded He has even posed for another "shoot" a few days ago, so a few more images to come again!

Thanks all for the kind comments.
K5IIs, Sigma 10-20, Pentax DA 16-85, Pentax DA 55-300, Pentax 70 Ltd, Metz 44 AF-2.
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ambott/

McGregNi

Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 21:05
Yes, the Pentax flashes behave the same way, flicking automatically into and out of HS Sync mode as you cycle the shutter 'speed' up and down around the max-sync figure. So long as the sync mode is set to 'HS' this will occur, which is very handy in changing light (say the sun was coming and going behind the clouds) .... then you have to juggle the ambient exposure a bit, and the nice thing is you can leave the flash and sync mode to just get on with it.

I'm not sure if Metz flashes are different, but the Pentax ones offer only P-TTL mode for HSS operation .... This is fine for me, as managing manual flash power control during HSS shooting is a further complication that is best done without.

Again, well done here Adrian ... for me, the real treat with these shots is the well controlled and balanced lighting, which has allowed both aspects of your images (ie the backgrounds and the subject) to be correctly lit and exposed. Without flash then one or the other would have been a compromise.
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver
Last Edited by McGregNi on 29/03/2017 - 21:06
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