Awesome shots Pookie and +1 on investing in glass and light.
I disagree, those two shots could have been taken with a 50 f1.8 and a PCB anything with a battery pack.
Not dissing the specific images, but lets be honest here you do not need a $2,000 lens and a $2,000 light to get those pictures.
Maybe not, but one sure needs some skill / talent. He's got it.
Not really, just put the camera in M mode and under expose the background by 1 to 1 1/2 stops and set the flash to give you a good exposure on the subject. With the 80cm or 100cm octabox and 15 minutes tuition anybody could shoot these, the technique has been widely used and taught for a long time now and isn't difficult or equipment intensive.
Again, not saying pookie doesn't have talent, just that these particular images don't require any particular talent, skill or equipment.
Well, I'd have to respectfully disagree. These are fine photos. While I do know how he did it (and I ALWAYS shoot in manual), not everybody produces this quality even when they do follow the template. That's the skill and talent part. That's my opinion. You are welcome to yours, my friend. Just like the math you amazed me with a while back. Simple to you... not so much to everyone else. And that's been taught for thousands of years.
As a side note... why so many speedlites? HSS or ETTL? The Profoto's have that covered and you have easily spent more on 7 than any of the professional setups. I was joking about dumping all the speedlites... not the double A battery part though
Yes, I use HSS quite often. I like the speedlites because I can put them all over the place and they fit into some very tight spaces. There is nothing I have done that I would post here. I'm not proficient enough or good enough yet. I have posted some bird shots, but that is about it I think. One is supposed to be able to control up to 15 speedlites at once. I like that and may get there one day. So far I've used four at most. Three are still in their boxes and on the shelf. Not because I cannot find a use for them, but because I'm recovering from injuries from an accident.
Profotos are on my list of things to get, but I'll need to do a few other things first (FF camera, EF 11-24 f/4L, EF 200 f/2L, EF 400 f/2.8L mkII, EF 600 f/4L mkII). I'm just a truck driver so it is going to take a while (years) to get around to everything.
I actually need to get back to your area and reshoot some things I did when I had a Canon XSi and kit lenses. I've got a pro friend (magazines, etc.) that refuses to share technique and methods with me. He calls it job security. I call it insecurity, but he's a great friend otherwise. I need to find some photographers I can assist and learn from during my vacation times.
This website has been a great help to me. Seeing the work of great photographers and trying to figure out how they did what they did is a lot of fun.
I took this skyline of San Francisco several years ago with a Canon XSi and I believe a EFS 55-250 lens or something like that. It is a long exposure. Not near as good as what some people post, but considering I'd only been shooting for a couple of months at the time... I was happy with it. Taken from across the bay at about 4am I think. Lots of banding in the sky.