So then, while flatmate, couch-surfer and CT were at judo last night, I went to Crosby Beach and spent about two hours there.1. As visible in the entry just before this one I now have an external flash for my camera. My father donated the one he bought many many years ago to me as he’s now using a compact digital with no hot shoe. It’s a manual flash – that is, the only communication between camera and flash is that release of shutter and firing of flash is synchronized. I have to manually set up the power of the flash light depending on distance from object and aperture & ISO used by the camera.
It was (almost) pitch black as there are no street lights. My head torch desperately needs new batteries and hardly gave any light, so finding the statues at all was a quite fun experience. Because of the darkness I couldn’t see anything whatsoever through the viewfinder2, and, given that the flash only fires on shutter release, autofocus was completely useless, too. So this was really a return to quite old-fashioned photography: Guesstimate or, if doing a more long range shot, pace out distance to object (Yay for Outdoor Education skills!), roughly select lens focal point and the flash settings and then pray a lot.
Given all that I am really, really happy how these turned out, especially as this is the first time I used an external flash, ever. I had only a few that were really badly out of focus. All in all there’s 49, but I cut them down to 20 for this post (plus a bonus empty beach one, at the end). I want to add some of these, as slightly more high-res versions, to the Liverpool gallery soon. With those that are very similar to each other which one is your favourite? I have ideas for titles, but usually need quite long until I am happy with them. Feel free to contribute on that end, as well, please.
You can hover your mouse over some of the images to get some extra explanations (via alt-text) now and then.