This post is a break from street photography for a second. While I’ve been enjoying it immensely after going almost all-HDR for a while when I first started this hobby, I’ve found it enlightening and important to branch out to other types of shooting.
When I bought the 70-300mm, a whole new world was opened to me. Wildlife photography actually came after the ability to shoot public events from a distance. This fashion show was shot in Ximending, Taipei. I came across it after wandering through this district and saw that they were setting up a stage for Playboy and Paul Frank. Apparently, a branch of Paul Frank was introducing a line of Playboy shoes. I decided to stake out a spot in the front near some “real” photographers to try at getting some shots. This wasn’t impossible, as it was raining, which was a mixed blessing, I guess.
All of these were taken with the 70-300mm and the SB-600 speedlight. I used regular TTL auto-metering and opened my aperture to the largest stop (f/4.5 at 70mm and f/5.6 at 300mm). Some of the more irritating things about a shoot like this are the very production values that make a fashion show or whatever it is on stage look “good.” The low light mixed with the changing strobes and fog machine made things extremely hard to see. Further, since I don’t have a professional lens (and I also don’t have $2,000 to buy one!) it was difficult to force my lens to be as fast as it could at times. Oh, and did I mention about that stupid fog machine? Ugh.
These first three images were shot with the conditions/settings mentioned above. Nikkor 70-300mm opened wide with an SB-600 aimed directly and on TTL.
The last shot was not taken on stage, but rather down the street. This girl was promoting the show and I used the 35mm f/1.8, again opened wide, without a flash.
As always, click on each photo to enlarge it and find the EXIF data through Flickr.