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briafast

New York, US
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briafast Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Dec 2010
Wed 15-Aug-12 02:43 PM

I am shooting with D700, Sigma, 18-200, and SB-700 for some shots of musicians performing in a park. I usually start shooting about the time the sun has set in order to get the desired effect. I want to achieve a ghost of the musicians with their instruments. For the most part I am able to get the shots I want but when I loose the sky light and darkness comes I can't seem to get this effect in spite of the 2-3 second exposures I use. The flash is set for front sync and I would think that after that during the exposure motion would be recorded but it does not happen even when I move the camera around during exposure to get far off street lights to create patterns. I change my position to include some of the background streetlights in the park and this helps get the effect I am after. If a street light is not in the frame I am faced with flat flash photos which is not my objective at all. All my logic seems to not apply to long exposures in this scenario. I really doubt it is something on the camera but I just thought I would throw this out there for some feedback. If just seems like every time I shoot with a long exposure with moving subjects I should get some kind of movement in the frame. I am also using a color gel on the flash to add some spice to these shots.

Brian Fass
Cinematographer
www.brianfass.com
Photographer
www.brianfassphotography.com
brianfass@me.com
NYC

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