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Lyncean Photography 
29th-Nov-2008 09:48 pm
FreeTime Publishing is dead. Long live Lyncean Photography.

Once upon a time, redthought and I ran FTP, aka FreeTime Publishing. The company was good to us and we had fun. However, any publishing aspect is pretty much gone now that redthought is on another continent.

So, I have decided to start over. Lyncean means 'lynx-like' and also carries a connotation of sharp-sightedness. Since there are lynx in North Carolina and there were lynx once upon a time in Scotland, it seemed a good link. The lynx is also used in heraldry, which I really enjoy.

I suppose the first job for Lyncean Photography was for shineyquarter and percible's wedding. However, I hadn't actually settled on the name at that point.

I shot another event last Wednesday night. Considering the lighting was more suited for a troll's cave than a venue, I think things came out okay. I put a few random images from the night on Flickr, and I'll leave you with one here:

30th-Nov-2008 03:21 am (UTC)
They look good, even more so for shooting in some crazy cave!
1st-Dec-2008 08:48 am (UTC)

You're knowledgeable about stuff...what do you do about shooting in this sort of condition?
1st-Dec-2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
I've been doing a bit of event photography for a local magazine in pretty similar set ups actually. Probably the only difference I know the pictures won't be bigger than 3 inches so I don't have to worry about noise. I shoot at wide open (3.5-5.5 on my the kit lens) at 800 ISO with a 430EX speedlight I bounce of the ceiling. Generally I've got the flash set to 1/2 power sometimes less. I spend a lot of time fiddling in the beginning until I kind of know what I need in different parts of the room. Hopefully with the 50D I can get less fiddly and shoot with little to no noise at 1600 ISO (I am just waiting to experiment now...) If I had a a fast 50mm lens I see what I could manage to get with a wider aperture, I've tried my 80mm 1.8 but I can't get close enough to people so I get folks walking through my shots all the time and I've given up on it. Plus when I opened it all the way up to 1.8f the DoF would come back and bite me in the ass: their hand in front of them would be in focus but not their face etc.)

Are you shooting a Rebel (350/400d) or a 40d? I can't remember...
1st-Dec-2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm shooting a 5D.

I put my flash on a comparable setting to what you're doing, but I haven't tried pushing the ISO yet. (How did I forget about that?)
I find that the 50mm 1.4 bites you in the ass as well on DoF, unfortunately. However, shooting absolutely tons of photos seems to yield something eventually. But, it really sucks to get on with decent lighting and good composition that has someone's hair hand in focus but not their faces.

I think I'll see what I get fiddling with my 50mm. I had a hard time with bounce this last shoot because the ceiling was ridged, black, and interspersed with chrome-like bits. I swear to goodness, the designers of venues hate photographers.

Cheers, Josh. :)
2nd-Dec-2008 12:46 am (UTC)
There are some multi-functional softboxes you can get that let you reverse the flash (so it is facing behind the camera) and then bounce forward but I am not sure how effective they are, i've got a little softbox and mostly it makes for a nice soft fill flash if I am shooting outside. Inside though I've not been impressed. I'd kinda figure, that those that hire photographers are the ones at the mercy of the venue designers, I mean light kind of does it's thing and you do what you can... Was it back in the Tunnels again?
30th-Nov-2008 06:57 am (UTC)
such a jovial and fun picture. :)

(plus, I have total envy of that gal's dress. it is teh awesome)
1st-Dec-2008 08:49 am (UTC)
There were some pretty rocking dresses that night.
30th-Nov-2008 10:42 am (UTC)
Yay for you getting back to what you love. So very sorry to have had any hand in the killing off of that love at MUR. ;)

The photos look awesome.
1st-Dec-2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Can't be helped. :)

30th-Nov-2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Great idea! And awesome photo.

1st-Dec-2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
30th-Nov-2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm saying it as "linse-ee-en" in my head. Is that right? :) I love the meaning behing why you chose it, though.

And the photographs are stunning, of course.
1st-Dec-2008 08:51 am (UTC)
Yes, you've got it right. :)

Thanks so much.
30th-Nov-2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Lyncean -- very cool name! Sending all good wishes for the fresh start!

Lovely photo -- such captured motion. A bit tantalising as well; just what is he wearing under his kilt? ;)
1st-Dec-2008 08:52 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)

Unfortunately, because of the twirling, I know exactly what's under there.
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