Perhaps you know this already but for those of you following along at home, the old school way of using an ND filter to get your shutter speed down into your cameras real max synch speed is the more efficient method.
No argument here. Even so, if it's possible to HSS monolights and avoid the hassle of busting out the grad filters, I don't see how it hurts to at least explore that option.
It's just slower, and you need a proper ND filter. i know, you don't believe me. check with david at the "strobist", he's much more creditable than i am... me?
You mean to tell me you need a proper ND filter to use an ND filter? You don't say. What's next? Are you going to clue me in on how to turn on my camera
what, if i may ask, are you up to that needs these shutter speeds?
My apologies for missing this query earlier in the thread, but to answer your question, this is why I'm in search of fast sync speeds:
These are NOT my images. They were clearly taken by someone more talented than myself
Nevertheless, I would like to emulate a similar effect, where the ambient light is almost entirely defeated during the middle of the day when it's properly bright outside. You read right. These shots were taken during the middle of the day, not at night. Over-powering the ambient in this fashion, then throwing some light on the subject, can yield some dramatic results.
I agree that the best way to accomplish this is with some ND grads. I'd just like to explore the HSS option, if that's OK with you