We're continuing on from our strobist introduction, to intermediate strobist technique with multiple flashes.
The concept for this shoot was to have the road going out of sight behind the subject and to have the sun backlighting the scene. This is a tough scene to capture correctly with available light and/or a pop-up flash because the subject may end up being under-exposed, and the background blowing out (extreme highlights). A pop-up flash doesn't have the power necessary to reach all the way to the subject in this setting, and is also not powerful enough to balance with the strong sunlight. Since the sunlight is behind the subject, we also need light in front of the subject to be able to expose properly for the foreground and background (and keep the details).
Equipment used: Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 EF-S IS USM and Canon 70-200 2.8L IS, 2-Nikon SB-28 flash units, 1-Vivitar 285HV, 2- 8ft light stands, wireless radio trigger and wein optical slave triggers.
All images © Patrick Douglas