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A Bee-z summer

posted Jul 24, 2011, 1:49 PM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 8:12 PM ]
Just a quick update. I've spent a couple of hours every Saturday for the past few weekends taking pictures of bees. Those of you who follow my work on Flickr have seen some of my latest work. For the summer, and because of grad school, they have been the main focus of my work. I hope to get more images of children as the summer progresses and grad school winds down. The bees are great, but working with toddlers and children are something I very much enjoy. I have a few ideas I've been playing around with that will include soda-fountains, classic cars (thank heavens we have a family friend who owns a handful of them), and gas stations, and leather jackets. August-October will probably a busy time for that side of my work.

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Last night I was taking a picture of my son hanging on to a moving ceiling fan (well, you'll see what I mean later on @ Flickr), and I tried something I thought would work. When I initially tested this setup last year it looked like it did work, but working with more sophisticated equipment (i.e. an Einstein flash unit) I realized that you cannot sync an RF-602 with a flash and another camera. 

What do I mean? Say I wanted to do a self portrait and use the RF-602 system to remotely trigger my camera and trigger the flash--well, it's something that will work. My quick and dirty test of last year indicated that it would be possible. It is not. It is possible to trigger multiple flashes or multiple cameras, but not both together. I have no idea why (other than the electronics aren't communicating in sync), but no matter the power and no matter the mode, my D700 just would not sync with the Einstein. Sure I could trigger both, but they would never sync. So, my apologies for not testing this further and with better equipment. 

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Also, sometime during August I'll be posting a big review of most of Nikon's constant aperture zooms that cost under $900. The results will probably surprise many, and verify the conclusions that others have found. The only thing I can say at this point is paying more doesn't lead to better performance or better images, but it does make a difference in subject/background separation.

Till my next review, rambling, or post, this is, hey, hey,

~jsv


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