AJAX and ZOE, Bouncing the strobe off the ceiling and using the widow light.

Ajax & Zoe Reading Blog

Ajax and Zoe reading a book about the Japanese Calendar.

I was lucky that the sofa was placed perfectly between the bay widows. I am not one for setting up shots but rather a person who thrives on catching a moment. I had been thinking for a few days how to photograph this wonderful piece of furniture belonging to  really good friends of mine. I practiced with Ajax- their dog- most of the week while dog sitting. The image just seemed to need more. One day my daughter stopped by and immediately went straight for the beautiful sofa. This time Ajax jumped up and took his normal position, but now their was another body in my shot, and a red book cover reflecting light coming in from the side window. I clicked off a shot without my strobe but  her face blocked up, I knew I needed to add some additional light but didn’t want to blow out Ajax’s face or my daughter’s white dress. I used a Nikon D300 camera and 900SB flash and bounced off the ceiling in TTL mode minus 1/3. The lens I used was a wide angle zoom 12-24 by Tamron. Here is a link to the Tokina lens, I think it is an excellent piece of equipment but many of you will probably want the newer wider 10-24 lens in your camera bag.http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/tokina_12-24_4_n15.

Ajax and Zoe can be viewed now at the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, MA. (Weekends Only hours) It was chosen by Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett, and is one of 75 works on view out of 350 entries submitted into the 19th Juried Exhibition.

Here is a link to the Zullo Gallery- a very well run and contemporary gallery, to keep  on your radar screen, if you are interested in showing your own work. http://www.zullogallery.org/


About alwaysgail photography by Gail Fischer

I am a photographer who loves to explore everywhere and everything. The journey began in Covington, KY where all the back alleys were sources of great places of visual imagery. After college the desert outside of Tucson, AZ became my place to watch sunsets and seek solitude. Later, NYC was totally exciting and the years there led to a career as a shooter.
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