Some more experiments with slowish exposures and fill-flash at dusk, Plaça dels Angels, Barcelona. These were taken with the Ricoh GR using the pop-up flash. Probably a longer focal length would be helpful, but the wide-angle with a low point of view seems to work well for these.
Categories: Photography, Street Photography
Low light seems to be one area where the equipment can really make a difference in how good the photos are, or even if they are possible. Have you thought about renting an A7s for a week – full-frame, super high iso, small and unobtrusive.
Alternatively, I’ve noticed the GR with its leaf shutter works really well with off camera flashes. I started with a slaved speedlight in manual mode, trigerred by the pop-up. However, when I found out the Ricoh GF-1 works with a generic Canon cable in TTL mode, that made it a no brainer. Great for sun killing back light situations during the day, subtle fill flash, or lighting up the night.
Well, a larger camera will give a very different result (for example, this is an image taken with a 5D and 135mm lens last year).
I have not yet tried to use off-camera flash with the Ricoh, but it is certainly something to explore – even if the flash is larger than the camera. The very high sync speeds that are possible are not something that I have worked with before and might be interesting in daylight – although at the moment I am really trying to get images with a balance between both frozen motion and blur.
Excellent use of fill flash. Great reminder (to me anyway) to not shy away from flash for stuff like this, it’s extremely useful, both in proper exposure and in freezing motion. Well done.