Help: overpowering the sun

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Help: overpowering the sun
Apr 19, 2005

Hi all!

I'd like to invest in a lighting system that would be battery powered and manufactured by Alien Bees.

My goal is to be able (I won't do this all the time, but I'd like to be able to do it if needed) to do this:

on a "normal" afternoon, underexpose the background by 3 stops and still lighting the subject correctly with an Ab at approx 2 meters (7 feet I think).

I a wavering between AB 800w/s or 1600 w/s. I fear that the latter might be actually too powerful for many of my uses.Anythoughts on this issue?
What AB would suit my need best?

Note that I'd like to buy the bee with a battery pack so please give me advice on this.

Cheers!
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