Water balloons, high shutter speeds and timing

Tyler Nichols used his highest shutter speed 1/4000sec @f5.6 ISO 1600 to capture the bursting water balloon which I threw.

Tyler Nichols used his highest shutter speed 1/4000sec @f5.6 ISO 1600 to capture the bursting water balloon which I threw.

I was looking at the shutterspeed dial the other day and it occurred to me the most under used shutterspeed was 1/4000 sec or even 1/8000 sec.

Few of beginners and even professionals ever intentionally set those shutter speeds.

So while I have a class at La Sierra University I’m teaching the basics to, I came up with this idea to illustrate equivalent exposure at the same time make it fun and more exciting for my beginners. Continue reading

Koko showing her graceful hands and poise

Mag Mod Review 1

Mag Mod Kit--3 sets of Grids and Gel Holders with 3 Mag Grips which house the strong magnets that are housed inside very tough elastic holders.

Mag Mod Kit–3 sets of Grids and Gel Holders with 3 Mag Grips which house the strong magnets that are housed inside very tough elastic holders. From top left clockwise: red gel holder, blue gel holder, grid (honey comb) holder. In the middle on the white sheet are the varies colored (special effects) gels which include flourescent, tungsten and color temperature orange.

After a long wait, I finally got the 3 sets of Mag Mod Speedlite modifiers which I ordered via Kickstarter.

I had no trouble figuring out I needed to stretch the elastic bands around the head of my Canon 600-EX-RT Speedlites.

Once on, they stayed on.

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Air disasters and pranks

Somewhere along the way the promising information superhighway became a whirlpool of misinformation and even mischief.

Previously news media were the gatekeepers who checked the facts before publishing a story.

Nowadays the pressure of immediacy and who’s first takes precedence over the facts.

Case in point:  the now infamous case of the prank names for Asiana  flight 214 pilots’ names.

Coverage of the Malaysian Airlines MH370 story has been nuts.

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