Working Wide & In a Flash
One lens most don’t think of for photographing folks is the Nikkor 8-15 Fisheye. I have found though that this lens is not only good in this role but essential in documenting the restoration of the C-47 of our Normandy Bound project. Shooting at 15mm, the 8-15Fish permits me to tell the story of the work, the enormity of the project and a sense of the scale of it all. While taking in that 180 degrees is what I’m after, it presents a heck of a problem when it comes to adding flash. That’s because you don’t want the flash in the photograph.
With the huge range of light and the fact the 8-15Fish takes is so much of that light, to balance the ambient light with the flash, I shoot in Manual / Ratio mode (from 1/4 to 1/32). I use the WR-R10 to control the SB-5000 which is essential, I can’t afford cords getting in the photo. I start with framing the story in the viewfinder and then I determine what direction I want the light from the flash to come into the frame. The hardest part is then getting the flash in that location and not see it in the frame. By the end of the day my shoulder, elbow and wrist are sore contorting to make it all work. The results make it all worth it cause you can’t but see the size of the project. And that’s the goal!