During a visit with Kurt in Yallingup, Western Australia we were having a beer in the afternoon discussing macro lenses in his outdoor dining area and over his should noticed this frog in the buses behind him. There was a fair bit of elbowing to get in close enough to get the shot - duelling 100mm macros - the frog didnt seem to care.
Shot with a combination of natural light, small flash and a great location in the hills of Byron Bay. I was trying for a gritty image with grounding to the texture of a building that shows history and life. The props were all from within the space.
Incorporating flavours of Dub, Electronica, Hip-hop, Jazz & many forms of world music, OKA’s sound can sometimes be hard to describe. A better way to define OKA is by the three interesting characters that make up the outfit, bringing together a variety of influences, backgrounds & talents. Stu Boga Fergie (Didgeristu), the big man behind the electronic beats & keys brings raw didgeridoo & vocals inspired by his aboriginal heritage. Chris Lane (foreground) plays captivating melody on slide guitar, harmonica & woodwinds including bamboo, flute & sax. Making up the trio is Samoan-Australian Charlie Zappa (the FRO) – a rhythm specialist with beats of Polynesian fire & deep pocket. Together they blend many pieces that is the OKA puzzle - A sound & force that touches the heart & feeds the soul.
Equipment: Canon 5dmkIII 1/160s @ f/5 ISO1250, 16-25mm f/2.8L II USM @ 16mm, odin flash triggers, 2 x 580exII flashs.
I just received a set of new Pixel King E-TTL radio triggers and I must say am very impressed. I purchased transmitter/receiver pair from eBay for about AUD$150: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PIXEL-KING-E-TTL-Wireless-Flash-Trigger-CANON-F369-/150659391128?pt=AU_Flashes&hash=item2313ffde98
I set them up with my Canon 5D mark II and 580exII speedlites. The E-TTL works really well and supports A,B & C groups in normal & high speed sync. Second curtain sync dent work and group ratios are not supported making the use of multiple speedlites less than ideal for creative work. One other odd thing is the hotshot on top of the transmitter doesn't function, so you can't use an on-camera fill flash with this setup. BUT...manual mode is awesome! You can use the 3 groups and set individual power settings and zoom settings for each group all from the back of the 5DmkII menu system. This is fantastic when using the Westcott soft box that normally requires a wrestling match to change a power/zoom setting on the speedlite inside. You can swap between E-TTL & manual from the camera as well - everything plays along.
These units use a radio frequency of 2.4Ghz and so don't suffer the issues that the Pocket Wizards have with interference when using 580ExII speedlites.
A USB connection is supported to allow firmware upgrades, so I am hoping the E-TTL group ratio aspect will be fixed in time.
I have had to retire my DIY panning setup as a) it can't hold up the 5DmkII with grip, lenses & etc b) the sharp edges keep taking chunks out of my head as I carry my tripod around on location. I opted for the RRS (Really Right Stuff) single row pano package: http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=Pano-Elem-Pkg&type=3&eq=&desc=Pano-Elements-Package%3a-For-single-row&key=it
The package incorporates the PCL-1 Panning Clamp and the MPR-CL II Nodal Slide. To mount the 5DmkII body (with grip), I also purchased the matching L-bracket: http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=BGE6-L&type=0&eq=&desc=BGE6-L%3a-L-plate-for-Canon-BG-E6-grip&key=it
Delivery was amazing; about 4 days to country victoria, Australia.
Here is the camera setup on my tripod in the process of setting the nodal slide distances.
I placed two light stands in front of the lens, one at the Hyper Focal Distance for each selected focal length and one about 5 meters away. I have only done the setup at f/11 for each lens, given that is a pretty common f-stop for my landscape work. I generally have the focus set on the HFD win doing landscapes, so the test setup should be reasonably realistic. The Live View was turned on and I found it quite easy to get very close the correct settings using the x10 magnification and the preview button next to the lens. Once I was close, I took a number of shots with the light stands lined up in the dead centre of the frame and almost at both edges. Once I had alignment on all three, the value was recorded and repeated for both lenses and the various marked focal lengths.
The RRS slide has a side scale that starts at 1 and goes to 18 cm. The example below, I have called 6mm.
Here are my results:
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II on Canon 5DmkII body
|16-35mm f/2.8 L II @ f/11 focused at HFD|
|Focal Length||RRS Slide position|
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L on Canon 5DmkII body
|24-70mm f/2.8 L @ f/11 focused at HFD|
|f/11 focused at HFD|
|Focal Length||RRS Slide position|
Now off to take some panos....