Since we rode the awesome Slickrock Bike Trail yesterday, I thought this would be a good time to post this photo. It was sure a blast – and we were much faster then last year, that always feels good.
I didn’t bring my camera on the ride, as it is too heavy. This photo was from two Fridays ago, we did this the night before the 24 Hours of Moab Bike Race. You see I don’t do much shooting with multiple, off camera flashes and wanted to practice a bit before the actual race.
Most of my flash use is for a minor bit of fill light. For this, mounting the flash on the camera works fine, as the light is usually just there for a bit of catch-lit in the eyes of an animal, and to brighten the subject a bit – the light really isn’t noticeable to the viewer. When the flash provides a larger amount of the light source, I think it is important to get the flash off the camera and off to the side, and even behind the subject.
So I practiced multiple setups right up until near total darkness – I wanted some night shots. I felt like I had everything dialed in, and wouldn’t you know it, on the day of the race my wireless transmitter worked for 3 tests shots and then died. Nothing seemed to fix it, not even new batteries.
Well clouds saved the day for my daytime shooting as they helped defuse the light and soften the shadows, I didn’t really need flash. For my night shots, I ended up setting up the camera on a tripod and opening the shutter for about 10 seconds, and manually popping the flash from off to one side to light the bikers. After a couple adjustments to my distance and the flash power, this totally manual technique actually worked pretty well. So much for being prepared.