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Autumn in Perthshire, Scotland

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Snowman Tri – North Wales

At the weekend I had the pleasure of joining Mr & Mrs Cakes (she of Shoreditch Bakes fame!) for a weekend trip to North Wales. Apart from being a nice break from the norm, the main reason for the visit was for Mr & Mrs Cakes to tackle the Snowman Triathlon. Now I’m not an expert at triathlons so all I’m going to say is that the water looked mighty cold and the hill/mountain looked ominously steep. However, I am sure Mrs Cakes will do a full review of the event in time – so keep checking her site. *edit* here is the link to Mrs Cakes blog of the Snowman Tri

I was asked to take some piccies of the day – a kinda journal of the how the day panned out. Below are some collages of various images but if you want to see the full size images then head over to my flickr site.

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More experimentation with speedlites

As per my previous post, I have been experimenting a little more with speedlites. The problem I am currently tackling is getting the image that I am imagining in my head. For example, the last few shots of Ben diving for the ball were taken yesterday afternoon (in bright sun hence the lens flare!) but as I don’t have a stand for my off camera flash the resultant light from it looked a bit naff with most of it going on the grass. Now I could have enrolled a trusty assistant but M was just not getting into the spirit of standing still whilst holding a flash. However, even though the shots didn’t turn out the way I had imagined it was still a good little learning session and something to work on.

I am also looking to invest in a new speedlite that can act as a slave and a master. There are quite a few available on eBay so I’m hopeful I will have one soon. This might allow me to get the shots in my head onto paper – or the digital sensor as it is these days!

Anyway, it’s all a work in progress and slowly but surely I am learning the techniques. Now all I need to do is master them 😉

M with speedlite placed directly behind her
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M with speedlite placed directly behind her
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Ben shot with a roll of paper acting as a snoot!
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Ben shot with a roll of paper acting as a snoot!
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