Flash photography on streets

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nanashi
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Flash photography on streets
Dec 22, 2011

Hi all;
I came back to street from documentary project. I need a break...

I wanted to do something new so I start using a flash on street photography. Let me know how do you think these images.
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In reply to nanashi, Dec 22, 2011

i like your perspective. cheers.

Eric Kim does some nice street flash work... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9vI79uflMY

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this is outstanding
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In reply to nanashi, Dec 22, 2011

Hello satoki,

this first one is simply magique...

My Best .

Hugues.

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In reply to intruder61, Dec 22, 2011

intruder61 wrote:

i like your perspective. cheers.

Thanks.

Eric Kim does some nice street flash work... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vI79uflMY

This is the style pf Bruce Gilden. I like his work. I am trying to do a different style.

In these my shots, flash was on the stand behind the main subject, and shoot from front.

I wanted to see how candid street photography looks like if I use flash like studio. Sounds Winogrand...
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In reply to nanashi, Dec 22, 2011

There is so much going on in that first image that I'm astounded. If it had been planned to the last detail, I still would have been astounded, but the fact that it wasn't is even more impressive.

Wow.

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nanashi wrote:

In these my shots, flash was on the stand behind the main subject, and shoot from front.

I wanted to see how candid street photography looks like if I use flash like studio. Sounds Winogrand...
SATOKI

Aha, that explains it, I really was puzzled how you deployed flash here and suspected an alternative setup.
That first shot is certainly complex and intriguing. Very good.

Kind regards.

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In reply to nanashi, Dec 22, 2011

Somehow I can't image you using flash for any subject, either indoors or outdoors. I find your second image interesting, but prefer your original imagery more,

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In reply to nanashi, Dec 22, 2011

Very strong work. Wonderful to see someone experimenting and developing a unique style. You are really onto something.

Not knowing anything about off-camera flash, what is the setup? Is there a remote, a cord, something else? Does the M9 have TTL flash metering, or is this all old school manual?

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Thanks!

Irakly Shanidze wrote:

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Hi, Hugues.
Thanks.

hughf wrote:

Hello satoki,

this first one is simply magique...

My Best .

Hugues.

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Hi Peter;

Prosophos wrote:

There is so much going on in that first image that I'm astounded. If it had been planned to the last detail, I still would have been astounded, but the fact that it wasn't is even more impressive.

My initial plan was simple, I wanted to make silhouette of person by flash with nice background. My movement was limited by flash so I needed to have some idea. I put flash on stand the other side of sidewalk, framed these poster, and wait until person passed between flash and me.

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Wow.

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Hi Leo33

Leo33 wrote:

Somehow I can't image you using flash for any subject, either indoors or outdoors. I find your second image interesting, but prefer your original imagery more,

Regards,
Leo33

The transparency of the person's head is the effect of using flash for first one which I like a lot. Second one is the image I was expected.

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Hi keats,

keats wrote:

Very strong work. Wonderful to see someone experimenting and developing a > unique style. You are really onto something.

Thanks! I did not used flash on street before. I am an available light person for many many years, but now Chicago become really dark after 4:00PM and wanted to do something new so I decided to use flash. Still initial experimental stage now.

Not knowing anything about off-camera flash, what is the setup? Is there a remote, > a cord, something else? Does the M9 have TTL flash metering, or is this all old > school manual?

Remote system I am using is radio transmitted type, YONGNU RF-600TX for Nikon camera ( for Canon camera does not work) on M9, and RF-602RX on flash (Canon 580EX2). They are almost as cheap as cable, one set is about $35. I tried SF20 and SF24D (auto and manual mode not TTL) and both works fine, too. M9 has TTL but can not use it because the limitation of cheap radio transmitter as well as I am mainly using Canon flash. 580EX2 has own meter system (built-in meter measures reflected light) so it is possible to use that function like TTL but i like a consistency and want to control the strength of light so I use fully manual mode. I do some test shot, check monitor and change the setting.

Flash is on the stand Manfrotto 1051 BAC Mini Compact Stand, with adapter Manfrotto 026 Swivel Lite-Tite Umbrella Adapter. They are light weight so no problem to carry.

RF-602RX is cheap ($25), and having several this, we can fire multiple flash. I do not know I will use multiple flash on street, though.
That's about it.

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In reply to nanashi, Dec 23, 2011

Thank you for such generous sharing of your developing technique. I've been itching to use flash again with my M, it's been years. Very different way of thinking/working.

I must also say that I am impressed with the work on your website. Your commitment and dedication to your vision and craft is very evident, and very human! Lovely and touching dedications to your dear sister. I am moved.

Thank you.

Keats

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Bart;
Thanks for comments.

Knorp wrote:

Aha, that explains it, I really was puzzled how you deployed flash here and suspected an alternative setup.

Oh, it is possible but a bit scared to leave M9 in distance:)
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In reply to nanashi, Dec 23, 2011

When people talk of using flash in street photography Bruce Gilden's name inevitably pops up. But I think that this work shares a similar methodology to that used by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. He would position remote controlled flash out of sight of passers by and then wait for suitable subjects to walk through. The resulting work made up his portfolio called "Heads".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2002/jan/30/artsfeatures4

Here's a video article where he discusses the work

http://streetreverbmagazine.com/2010/10/27/video-philip-lorca-dicorcia-discusses-heads-series/

I prefer this concept to that of Gilden's, mainly because I'm not pushy or abrasive like he obviously is, and his intention is to provoke a reaction. diCorcia's work is more subtle and relies on the interplay of the light on the subject which is what I think the OP is trying to achieve here.

nanashi wrote:

intruder61 wrote:

i like your perspective. cheers.

Thanks.

Eric Kim does some nice street flash work... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vI79uflMY

This is the style pf Bruce Gilden. I like his work. I am trying to do a different style.

In these my shots, flash was on the stand behind the main subject, and shoot from front.

I wanted to see how candid street photography looks like if I use flash like studio. Sounds Winogrand...
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In reply to Paul Amyes, Dec 23, 2011

Hi Paul;
Thanks for comments.
I remembered Philip-Lorca diCorcia's "Heads."

Honesty speaking, I do not like the sneaking style of that work on street. If I want to do head shot, I will interact with people. And when I take photos on street, I do not hide from subjects.

Bruce Gilden seems like as you said using a flash to interact with people. That is not what I want to do either.

I want to find images on street which can be done only by using flash. That is what I am thinking now.
SATOKI

Paul Amyes wrote:

When people talk of using flash in street photography Bruce Gilden's name inevitably pops up. But I think that this work shares a similar methodology to that used by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. He would position remote controlled flash out of sight of passers by and then wait for suitable subjects to walk through. The resulting work made up his portfolio called "Heads".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2002/jan/30/artsfeatures4

Here's a video article where he discusses the work

http://streetreverbmagazine.com/2010/10/27/video-philip-lorca-dicorcia-discusses-heads-series/

I prefer this concept to that of Gilden's, mainly because I'm not pushy or abrasive like he obviously is, and his intention is to provoke a reaction. diCorcia's work is more subtle and relies on the interplay of the light on the subject which is what I think the OP is trying to achieve here.

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In reply to nanashi, Dec 23, 2011

Way cool! Wish I had taken the first one, amazing! Refreshingly different, great stuff, thanks for sharing, Mark

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In reply to markforce, Dec 23, 2011

Satoki, this is a really impressive - well done. The impact of the first image is strong.

Cheers,

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