Friday, August 25, 2006

Breakdance at MBK

These girls and boys are breakdancing every evening at BTS National Stadium, on the walkway connecting MBK to Siam Discovery.

Flash didn't fire here. This picture is retrieved from an almost completely dark shot.
I used a handheld Vivitar 3200A flash with fresh batteries but the recycle time was way too long. Now I understand why wedding photographers lug around huge shoulder-strapped battery packs for their strobes. Recycle time makes the difference between getting the shot and missing it. I just kept on missing it. Like I said, the flash was handheld, which implies using a cable. My Canon 350d has no PC outlet but there are hotshoe adapters that do the job just fine for $10 or 400 baht ( or Fotofile at MBK). Of course this flash is not even remotely E- or i-TTL and everything was done in manual--another source of missed picks.

There's nothing like screwing up to get wiser. One idea that struck me is, "How about setting the camera on full-auto and using the pop-up flash, moron?" Hmm... perfect exposure, instant recycle time, why this thing might even work in burst mode to capture the perfect moment! Pure genius.


Blogger schuey said...

i love the pics, they just look "alive".

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Mathieu said...

The first in particular, was shot at the exact right instant!

5:32 AM  
Anonymous anthony wong said...

great shots. its awesomely good shots, no blur at all and in that light and at the speed they are moving, u have great skill. and i marvel those kids do not wear any knee or body guards.

6:58 AM  

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