It's been a while since I've made a blog post. In that time I've been shooting quite a bit. With a variety of clients and subjects. But one sporting category that's stood out as something fresh for me of late has been a few shoots with some roadies. Last week I was on a shoot for Bike Buller, updating their library with some fresh road bike shots. And a few weeks before that I got out of the studio for a few hours with Brodie Chapman and Nick Kenyon as the sun was setting on Port Melbourne. In the end finishing up with a couple of very nice roadie portraits.
Another road cycling portraits making the most of my 4000w/s stobes and Hi-sync to both knock down the direct setting sun, and get some separation from the BG with soft focus. This shot was a test for my modified Nikon D810. I'd Just picked it up from Camera Clinic the day before and was super stoked to get it out side for a test shoot. The modification eliminates the need for pocket wizards or Elinchrom Skyport Plus HS transceivers to achieve synchronization of the flash at high shutter speeds. The slight tweak on the flash timing is done in camera, thanks to the custom modification done by Wayne at Camera Clinic. I still use the Elinchrom Skyport Plus HS trigger and receivers for firing the strobes wirelessly, but in Speed mode, rather than in normal mode, so as to improve their timing accuracy. It's subtle, but with this modified camera, I'm achieving better and more repeatable high speed flash sync results than with any other system I've tried before. And trust me I've tried a lot of them. Oh, and this image is of road racer and enduro rider, Brodie Chapman. Though you wouldn't know by this shot, she can actually descend on a trail or enduro bike faster than many blokes.
A model rider, Nick Kenyon turned on the performance exactly when needed to get the shot. Again. testing the Modified Nikon D810. Thanks to Wayne at Camera Clinic for creating such a unique Frankenstein beast for me.