Model Canon EOS 550D + Speedlite 430 EX II
Exposure 1/125 sec
Focal Length 135mm
Flash was on E-TTL II mounted on camera hot shoe (bad Ian, bad bad Ian
PP and RAW development was done in Canon DPP.
This was the first time out with my new flash
I'm hell bent on constructive critique atm so please dive in with any of the same
Depth of Field and Focus
I'm surprised how much DoF there is on this when i look at it. Considering its at f5.6 I'd have expected the background to be more out than it is.
Looking at the histogram its fine. No blown out highlights or dark shadows where they shouldn't be.
Despite having the flash on the hotshoe I do actually like the lighting in this location. The back light provided by the circuit lighting was one of the reasons I stopped at this point and took some shots. It means that the track surface is lit, the tones are even with the E-TTL II flash metering and the action is frozen at 1/125
No aditional sharpening has been applied by DPP.
Its all very horizontal in this shot which means its not as dynamic as it could have been. just gone back and messed with the straighten tuning in Picasa and it does look a lot more dynamic when the lines become diagonal.
Colours look great, contrasty, balanced and well saturated. The blue helmet adds nicdely to the red kart and race suit. The dark grey back ground sets these off.
Its solid compositionally for what it is. All the bits are in the right places but its a simple image with simple composition.
As a bit of an additional photo story here are some other images from the evening
NB - Tara was fine, just a bit of nasty whiplash. Dont feel sorry for her, she set the fastest lap of the evening after the crash and was only put on a backboard after she's finished the race! Respect