During the week I now have three full days off to devote to photography work and I am trying to make the most of that time working as much as I can. Yesterday I gave myself a challenge to change things up a bit and just shoot at F4 with a sixteen foot off camera shoe cord and my Canon speedlight. I have been concentrating on high-speed sync flash photography as I love the look of your main subjects popping off of the image when done correctly. I am still a noob when it comes to flash work but I think my work is progressing with it.
I did not wake up in time for sunrise shots but I knew with my flash that I really could tame the intense sun and clouds that have been around lately. I think it is good every now and again to break out of shooting the same thing and I was really looking for subjects that would really stand out with the flash. This flower,(I consulted a book on wildflowers of New England and Purple Loosestrife was my best guess) was the first subject that caught my eye as I was wondering around the shore line. I suppose most people might think that it was a weed but I looked beyond that and saw its true potential as a photographic subject. Whats really amazing is that after all the spring flooding,(This area in the image was submerged in water well over the top of the flower for a few months.) This flower still remains clinging to life in the harsh environment among the rocks.
Image Data: ISO 100. Lens set to 17mm. F4 @ 1/4000. Canon 430 ex 2 speedlight set to manual at full power.