A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending four and a bit days at the International Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park in Helmsley, Yorkshire.
I go to a number of game fairs and falconry fairs throughout each year, sometimes for work and sometimes for personal pleasure, but this one was a little something extra. As well as being ICBP Duncombe’s first Raptor Fair, which looks set to become a great annual event, I was to photograph some of their display birds.
Of course, I photographed the birds during the displays themselves, as I often do at such events, darting about the arena and hopping from post to post, but I wanted to give them something a bit special.
Most people who use flash understand that your sync speed is the maximum shutter speed with which you can use flash. What people generally don’t know is why.
“My camera goes all the way up to 1/8000th of a second, so why can’t I use flash past 1/250th?”
Well, this is really all down to how your shutter works in a DSLR. The types of shutters in DSLRs are called “focal-plane shutters”.
So we recently held Lancaster Photographic Society‘s Annual Projected Image Competition, judged by Tillman Kleinhans.
Congratulations to Ruth and Allan for getting colour and mono Image of the Year, respectively.
My images are shown at 8:18, 15:46, 24:20 and 29:14, and linked below the video.
TTSOL is going to become a section on the site that I will populate over the coming weeks, months and years. It stands for “Taking The Studio On Location”, and it’s really just an attempt to make life easier for myself.
Working in a studio environment is great. It really is. It’s warm, it’s dry, there’s always coffee available, you have easy access to all your equipment, lights and modifiers, you can shoot tethered to a laptop or desktop and usually you’re not too far from a local pub to grab something good for lunch (or at least have a kitchen and microwave).
But, you see, the thing is, you can’t really create sets that look like this inside a studio.