So, yeah, not been feeling the "photography" vibe for a while. Or the "geek" vibe. Or, in fact, any sort of vibe at all. That's what tetracyclic antidepressant's do for you, I suppose.
But I'm back on the wagon (or off the wagon?) now and should be able to do something interesting. Autumn is here. My favourite season of all. And an Indian summer, too, according to the MET office. Means clear skies, warm days, and lovely low sun for awesome lighting effects.
Speaking of which, I got to try out the best of my new lighting rig in anger the other day with the ever-awesome Northern Oak. I've used it indoors for a few bits and bobs but, as is the way with hobbies, haven't found anything where it would be genuinely useful in a "real" photography situation. Carting a bag full of umbrellas around "just in case" gets tiring after a while. Literally. It's quite heavy.
We were messing about with a pair of flashing deely-boppers and one of those Fyrflyz things that have the really, really annoying advert on the telly. Figured we'd try some lightpainting.
This is Larissa's attempt at writing her own name. Not fast enough!
So instead she just sort of waved it around while dancing, making herself completely disappear in the process.
For Daniel's turn I used a strobe at 1/4 power that I triggered manually about half way through the exposure. Here it is with some moderate movement:
And the same set-up with random and vigorous flailing: