I have a pair of studio strobes ( cheapy interfit 150 watt) and to be honest they very rarely see the light of day as if I need flash I use my Nikon speedlights.
Just as a bit of a challenge last week I decided to dig them out and shoot a roll of expired FP4 in my Mamiya 645.
I wanted a dark moody sort of look so I waited till it was darkish, shut the curtains and set up a chair ready to try a few head shots of my son Ben (who hates having him photograph taken).
As the Mamiya sync’s at 1/60 sec, even with the lowest power of the strobe with a soft-box I was shooting at f11 which I tested 1st with my flash meter and as a visual test I also tried a few frames with my D600.
I was happy with the look I was getting and then proceeded to shoot the roll, that’s where I found a problem …. my eyes … well my focusing really …. It was so hard to nail the focus on the eyes in pretty dim light.
I set up the camera on a tripod, put on the lights and focused best I could then lights off and shoot.
The last frame that I shot was hand held and quite frankly was the best of the lot (see 1st image at top) most of the frames either focused on the nose or the ears even at f11 the DOF was so shallow … ha ha … but I did get a few images that I really liked and so did my son …surprisingly 🙂
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