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Fun with a flash gun

In the following shots a flash gun was used to light the subject. The subject is naturally dark (a playground in a park with minimal lighting). The camera is mounted on a tripod, the shutter is opened, and the photographer (or the subject) wanders around with a standard flash gun triggering the flash at strategic locations. You could always just use random flashes if you prefer.

The images on this page are pretty standard. They were my first (and only) experiments on this technique and deserve greate attention - one day.

The darker the park the better. As with all my attempts at bulb photography, the fewer the traffic lights the better.

Frisbee throwing, Sydney, Jan 1984
Frisbee throwing, Sydney, Jan 1984
An annoying street light in this one. Nice idea though but tried to do too many things (flashes in the bushes are a distraction as is the "see-saw" contraption in the foreground).
Fort, Crows Nest, Jan 1984
Fort, Crows Nest, Jan 1984
This one would be better without the two heavily exposed flashes, particularly the one in the top centre of the frame.
Fort #2, Crows Nest, Jan 1984
Fort #2, Crows Nest, Jan 1984
Having written the above blurb (about too much flash) - I found this one. There must be a more satisfying place somewhere between the two.
This second shot (which may have been the first attempt?) also shows that there was a lot of ambient (flourescent street) light and how insignificant (or otherwise) this can be depending on how much / how many flash is used.
Men on seesaw, Crows Nest, Jan 1984
Men on seesaw, Crows Nest, Jan 1984
Another successful experiment that I have yet to develop (sigh). This is nothing special but it has some possibilities (coupled with ideas from the frisbee throwing shot).
Slippery dip, Crows Nest, Jan 1984
Slippery dip, Crows Nest, Jan 1984
This one's pretty obvious when you look at it.... A bit more thought as far as illumination of the top of the slippery dip might make the subject more focussed.
There is a lot of annoying glow coming in from the left of the slippery dip.
Self portrait, London, early 1987
Self portrait, London, early 1987

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