So today was the last day of us shooting and working at Moose Peterson’s Digital Landscape Workshop series in Kauai, Hawaii and the final show certainly did not disappoint. We spent the last couple of days out shooting some incredible landscapes, but the workshop does have some cool portrait opportunities. Like this one, with Paul meeting us on a reef at sunset and treating us to an incredible fire show.
For the shoot, I was paired with a group of students focused on wanting to shoot the PocketWizard Flex TT5 units. The units worked without a hitch and the students were able to shoot Paul on the reef spinning some fire and mixing Flash and ambient light. after 2 shots, I moved over to a position and held a flash for the group of students so they could all get a turn – light falls fast!
Let me tell you, it is HARD to sit and watch others take pictures while you’re like “Ooh! That one! That’s a great shot there!” and not be able to take it. So, what to do?
I switched the ISO on my camera to about 1100. It’s a D3s so it can totally take it. Because the light was changing rapidly (he’s spinning fire in and and out of his face area), so I switched to manual and dialed in a shutter speed i’d live with. I set back and fired off a series of shots, this being one of them.
While the noise wasn’t really a problem, I saw it like this… I’d much rather have a slightly noisy version of a great moment than no moment at all.