Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/08

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Subject: [Leica] Re: a lunatic flash technique... try it.
From: "Eric" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2001 18:39:50 -0500
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>Anyway, now I share a technique. Everyone knows you can bounce the flash off
>the ceiling, and walls to the left and right of you, but next time try
>fire the flash backwards.
>yeah it sounds ludicrous but if you are standing about six feet from a wall
>you will get a beautiful diffuse frontal lighting, real beauty shot stuff.

Cool!!  I played around with that on a few shots at the end of a roll.

Ignore the background.  This isn't meant to be an example of anything but
how the light falls on the subject.  :)  The bedpost is about 5 ft and the
wall in the background is about 8 ft behind the cat.  Firing the flash
backwards seems to do a better job of providing even illumination over more
than just the subject.  Makes sense now that I stop to think about it.
Instead of a subject at 3 ft away and a background at 8 ft away, the light
is traveling about 15 ft + 3 and 15 ft + 8.  Instead of a 7:1 difference,
it's a 1.6:1 difference.


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