I’ve been asked over and over to take pictures at weddings and events. I always refuse. Why?
Because flash scares the pants off of me. I’ve always been one of those photographers who relies on natural light to get the shot. I went through the phase of scoffing at flash/studio photographers, saying that using natural light is always best. But I always knew that at the core, flash scares me. As a result, I’ve always been limited in what I can do.
So earlier this year I started working with an on camera flash unit. It’s been slow progress, as I’ve struggled to get my mind around understanding why I get the results I get. I don’t learn well in a linear pattern. I’m a gestalt thinker. I need to have lots of pieces around me so I can put the puzzle together and see how it all works. This hasn’t worked well with trying to figure out flash to this point in time.
Then I stumbled across The Strobist, and online resource focusing on how to use your flash units off camera to produce various lighting effects. Light bulb goes on for Clara. This is the type of effect I’m going for. I don’t want to haul studio lights around, I just want to be able to get some better looking shots, and maybe d some more elaborate setups.
So I dropped about $100 for the basics, and have started playing around with the tools. I ran into a minor issue on day 1 when one of my foster cats ate through the PC sync cable for the flash units. So I ended up using my Nikon SB600 in slave mode, with my on camera flash as the master. Not too bad for the first try.
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Texas has been praying for rain. We got fire.
Since Saturday, September 4th, the Central Texas area has been battling multiple, very dangerous wildfires. Over 14,000 acres are burning, and over 400 homes have been destroyed.
Fire is a primal fear. It moves faster than any man. It leaps highways and explodes trees into flame from a distance. In an instant your life is gone. If you are lucky you’ve managed to escape with important papers and documents. If you are lucky you escape with your life.
Winds are expected to be very high today, keeping the danger up. Even if you are in an area where there are no fires currently, keep an ear on the news. Small brush fires can blow up into major events with these winds.
- If you have pets, consider keeping everyone inside today. Many in Bastrop have lost four footed family members because they were unable to find them when the flames rolled in.
- Have carriers for pets ready. Have medication for humans ready. Put important papers and documents in an easy to access place. If you get the order to evacuate you may need to move fast.
- Update your information with the City of Austin.
- Don’t smoke outside. Seriously. Your butt can start a fire.
- Don’t grill with an open flame.
Donations are needed for both pets and people.
Central Texas Red Cross is taking donations. (Monetary donations only, no goods)
The Bastrop Animal Shelter evacuated 160 animals. Austin Pets Alive has taken many of those animals in. Donations are badly needed. On a personal note, this is the group I work with. All these animals coming from Bastrop aren’t vaccinated. So we are having to vaccinate them. Any little bit helps.
Austin Humane Society took in animals from Bastrop as well. They don’t have a plea up yet, but I imagine they will.
If you’ve got friends in Central Texas, keep them in your thoughts. If you live in Central Texas, be safe!
(Update- The large dogs from Bastrop are at Austin Pets Alive. Free adoptions today. Cats and small dogs are at Austin Humane Society. Both groups need donations BADLY. The animals from Bastrop are not vaccinated. Monetary donations will help both groups pay for vaccinations. )
(Update 9/6/11- Donations are still badly needed by animal rescue groups. As strays in Bastrop are being found they are being brought to various Austin shelters and groups. Erica with the Bastrop Animal Shelter has a lost and found registry for the animals in Bastrop. If you are missing a pet or have found a pet, please call her at 512-629-3159.)
Update 9/6/11- Number to call if you had animals left behind in Bastrop UPDATE: SEARCH FOR ANIMALS INFORMATION: NEW NUMBER: 512-332-8814
Per Kristine Dupuis: The Bastrop sheriff’s department is taking volunteers to help rescue animals left behind!!!
VOLUNTEERING IN BASTROP INFO: PLEASE GO TO THE CONVENTION CENTER OR PARK ACROSS FROM POLICE STATION, ADDRESSES BELOW.
Per Daisy the Starfish Thrower Just spoke with Bastrop County EOC. They are directing animal search volunteers to go to the dog park across from the police station in Bastrop. Address is 104 Grady Tuck Lane. Their phone # is 512-629-3159, but the mailbox is full.
Jennifer Ripple Convention Center — 1408 Chestnut St 512.332-8984