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Photo Friday Sport Winner Nigel Summers



At the time I was shooting a lot of strobe & forced light work for portrait subject & wanted to test the limits by shooting into the sun (at around midday) AND using a speedlight on a fast moving object.  A lot of people doubt this is easily achievable because of low power output of a speedlight vs the undeniably high power output of the sun.  I couldn’t have been happier with the result (except perhaps that I should have cleaned my lens a little better)

I used a Nikon D300 with Nikon SB800 speedlight fired off camera using transmitters & manual setting (no TTL).  The shot was taken at ISO 200, f14 @ 1/200sec – the lens I used was my trusty old 18-70 (hence the dirt).  There is barely any editing in the shot as it really didn’t warrant it.  At most is minimal sharpening, colour check & crop using PS CS4.  The vignette in the shot is in camera from shooting directly at the sun.  Given the time of day I was shooting I really wanted to have the subject interact with the sun rather than try to avoid it…I feel it adds so much more dynamic to the shot.  I should add, I really was quite sun blind (& burnt) after a couple of hours of looking through the viewfinder at the sun.

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As far as advice goes, all I’d like to say is, keep it honest.  Don’t be afraid to try something out if it feels right to you.  Your curiosity is a marvelous inventor & innovator.  No matter what others say, professionals included, give it a go.  The most ground breaking photographers of our time are those who pay no attention to the rules.

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