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Flash Experiments – The Obligatory Ybor Night Time Photo Shoot

Last evening we visited Ybor City.  Aside from having a good time, I wanted to experiment with my remote flash unit.  Nikon’s creative lighting system is excellent, and the SB900 flash is a fun toy to play with.  The flash unit can be fired remotely and wirelessly, with no need to be tethered to camera.  The flash is triggered by the pop up flash on the camera.

My method was to place a Gary Fong Lightsphere collapsible diffuser on the SB900.  And since the flash unit is triggered by the pop up on the camera itself, I used a Gary Fong diffuser on the pop up, as well.  I shoot with a Nikon D90 which can be placed in “commander mode” which allows for the remote triggering of the external flash.

I had fun with the project.  You can set the flash unit on the ground or on a table, or even give it to someone to hold and aim it like a flashlight.  It made for some interesting effects.  All night, I experimented with getting the flash as far away from the camera as possible or aiming it from odd angles to play with shadows.

While in Ybor, we shopped, ate, and strolled around, just snapping away while my friends took turns holding the flash unit.

We hit a store called Agora which had everything from old antique tabernacles to candles and incense. The inventory was stunning.  Small, reasonably priced gifts from around the world were everywhere.  You could easily go in and spend $50 and come out with quite a haul.  On the higher end of the inventory you” find everything from furniture to unique, salvaged items that have character beyond belief.  Any decorator or designer looking to find something unique should check it out.  Agora’s website is down for redesign, which is disappointing considering their amazing inventory.

We also hit up New York New York for some pizza.  Even though it was busy night, the service was great.  It was fast and courteous.  The crust was superb, and the toppings fresh.  I whined a little about wanting more sauce but, overall, a very good joint to pick up a pizza. We also went in to Buddha Lounge, but just to take pictures of the gorgeous decor.  If we hadn’t already stuffed ourselves silly on pizza, we probably would have had a go at their menu.

I’d like to do some more experiments with maybe more flash units and diffusers.  Much fun, more to come.

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