Time, Light & Story
Working on our Normandy Bound project, there are times when the work takes place where there is no light. That’s to say, there is no light to tell the story. At those times, I grab the light I know, a single SB-5000 to supplement the available light. My skill base is to meld the two light sources so the vast majority of the time, the flash fills in the shadows. So I walk around the entire time (I walk up to seven miles in a day and never leave the C-47!) with an SB-5000 in my back pocket. The D5 & Z7 have the WR-R10 always plugged in so all I have to do is grab the SB-5000, turn it on and shoot. This works great for quick fill. Like the photo above where I simply placed the flash on a book on a paint can and shot Davida sewing on the new material covering the aleron. I can’t let my photography influence the work, the story, it’s the way I work. But there are times when I have the luxury of time to light correctly to tell the story.
As you can see above I switched out the 8-15Fish for the 105f1.4 shooting at f1.4 and placed the SB-5000 on a stand so I could more preciously point the light and modified its light with a Impact Quick Box. This permitted me to control the background and the light. I really love how with the Z7 I can have the Fn1 button to preview the image I just took. And if I don’t like the exposure, I can quickly without taking my eye from the viewfinder, adjust the exposure of the SB-5000 wirelessly with the WR-R10. Brilliant!
This all permits me to dial everything in, light, gear, and story to tell the photo I had in mind. Davida is quite a craftsman, something you see in his intensity to his craft. That’s what I strive to bring out in my photography with time, light and story!