Sunday, February 17, 2013

Meet me in New Orleans

(A Weekly Top Shop Entry)

A co-worker displays an absolutely beautiful arrangement every year around Mardi Gras.  This year I managed to take several photos.

 
This display hangs off a wall in an alcove so there is not much available light.  I have never had any success with a flash whether it be the horrible camera pop-up flash or a hot-shoe mounted unit.  I suspect I need to put some serious study time into my flash manual.  But, in the meantime, I used this handy-dandy Lightscoop that was recommended in one of the blogs I follow...Thanks Kate! (Chronicles of a Country Girl)   I'm still experimenting with this new toy but, so far, it's a great little unit I've added to my camera bag.

Oh, wouldn't it be exciting to photograph the real thing!



 

15 comments:

  1. My daughter lives in New Orleans. She loves it there.

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  2. Oh, so cool. I can't believe how many people have bought this little number (pop-up flash bounce). Don't you love it? I'm still practicing with mine.

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    1. I'm finally using and enjoying the flash. Did some selfies today and gave it a whirl...photos are still in the can but I think I had success. The true test will come when I take some photos of my fast-moving, run-at-you-when-you-have-a-camera grandsons!

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  3. A business card balanced on the flash works too! ;)

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    1. That's a great tip! I will definitely experiment with one!

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  4. There are so many things I don't know! I could spend weeks just attempting to get basic photo-literate.

    This looks like a glorious arrangement and the shots are nice. Mardi Gras doesn't call me much but Carnivale in Venice does appeal. . .

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  5. Beautiful shots, they are very pretty arrangements.

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  6. Wouldn't going to Mardi Gras be fun just once?! Love the colors in this arrangement... as to flash, they can be temperamental and the results disappointing. I'm still working on utilizing them myself... I have a diffuser for my pop-up flash as well. My hotshoe flash has a bounce, tilt, swivel head, so it is pretty good. A good book that helped me get a better grip on flash photography was 'Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronic Flash,' by Bryan Peterson. He also has a book called 'Understanding Exposure,' that is really good as well... I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #70!

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  7. Yeah, the Lightscoop actually works pretty good, as does the business card trick. Great shots also btw!

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  8. Whether you had enough light or not, you managed to take some great shots

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  9. I don't know about Lightscoop. I'll check out your link. In any case, the photos turned out great!

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  10. adorable details and colours!
    love it!

    Have a great week!

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

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  11. Kate should get a dividend for every one of these her post has inspired others to buy ... i am a hold out since i refuse to shoot in M and refuse to use a flash ... i know, there's always one

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  12. I am a much bigger New Orleans fan now that the Ravens won the Superbowl there ;) These turned out lovely. I love the colors associated with Mardi Gras. That Kate is a special one, isn't she!? Love her!

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  13. Whatever your lighting - it's working! Great shots!

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