Dress Rehearsal Shoot without the Lighting Engineer


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Feb 3, 2012
...equals a near disaster. The "lighting" was entirely safety overhead flourescents - yikes. 180@f2.8 ISO12800 was showing serious underexposure.

Fortunately, I had the EF-42 flash in my side pocket exactly for moments like this. What should have been only a mildly challenging evening at ambient high ISO became a battery swap marathon. I must have really been thinking ahead as I found my bottom compartment chock full of loose but fresh AAs. The XT-10 and the EF held up pretty well, but that was an additional complication I could have done without. Now I've got to go through the culls and find all the Red Eyes...

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May 31, 2017
Central Florida
Timothy Williams
These are really good . Years ago when my youngest daughter was in Dance competition there was no flash allowed and my keeper rate was around 10-20% even with the then very good D300. When I was able to afford the D700 it was a lot better. I certainly learned to use spot metering. Great job here.

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