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#1 Art

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 12:34 PM

As I mentioned earlier, I was on a location shoot for a corporation and part of the assignment was shooting a Laser Show.  I went into this completely blind as I had no idea what a Laser show was. This had to be figured out on the spot!

 

So, this glittery guy comes on stage with an audience of over 200 people watching.  The image you see below is my standard flash capture ...

 

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f7.1

1/160s

ISO200

 

Now, he starts the light show.  See the stick?  It is a laser stick of sorts and the faster he spins is, the more of a show he puts on.  Didn't really capture any of this as the flash blew out the laser lights.  So, you had to start thinking fast.... blowing it from the start.

 

He picks up bowling pins and starts juggling them ... again, they are laser lights.... still blow it.  You have to see this with the naked eye, you are fooled into seeing big streaks of light.  The flash just blows all that away.

 

See below... I am starting to get the idea .....

 

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f8

1/1.3s

ISO 100

 

I am going for a long exposure and a blast of flash.  Just experimenting.  Still failing.

 

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f8

2s

ISO100

 

Starting to look better .... 

 

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f8

2s

ISO 100

 

Finally, nail it as he starts to spin some of the batons faster and faster to put on a billboard effect.  You can read words on some of these if you look carefully.  No idea how he did this.

 

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2 second exposure seemed to be the one, with the flash blasting at the end.  What a relief I captured these as the light show was all they talked about.

 

I remembered from experiments we did in my flash class, you could set the camera to a very very low shutter speed but because the flash blast was for a very short duration, you could freeze the action.

 

So, the 2s exposure caught the light, the flash caught the rest.  And, it worked.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 01:54 PM

Wow... fantastic results Art.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 03:57 PM

Thanks, Peter.

If I had a tripod, these would have turned out much better, I think.
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Posted 11 June 2019 - 05:48 PM

Wow excellent stuff Art!
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 08:18 AM

Thanks, Jim.


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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:19 AM

Brilliant! Well done and thanks for outlining the setting details, Art!


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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:52 AM

Nice series and a great story, Art.

 

Your timing is interesting.  At last night's meeting of our camera club, the guest speaker was the staff photographer at the Pacific National Exhibition.  His description of the challenges in photographing concerts was very similar to the challenges that you describe.  :)


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Posted 12 June 2019 - 12:18 PM

Nice work!


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