So, normally, I don’t use a flash. I just find I don’t need one, or can’t use one, for most of what I shoot. Have you ever tried lighting an entire building or the interior of a convention center with a flash?
On a typical day, you’ll see me running around with a canon 17-40L mounted on my 50D, my 70-200 sitting in small lowpro bag, my tripod on my shoulder, and the flash at home. For some reason, however, I decided to bring my flash with me as I left the house in the am – which was, again, odd as I wasn’t shooting until the evening and my plan was to shoot the interior of a hotel (can’t say the name because I haven’t gotten the approval to go shoot there yet).
Since I didn’t get the go-ahead for the interior shoot, I decided to head to the lake near my home and see if I could see some gators. Even though I live in Florida, I’ve never seen one at this lake.
Look what I found! This little guy sat there for about an hour as I got shot after shot of him as the sun was setting down. In a full reversal of my typical pattern, I used my 70-200 with the flash and no tripod.
I used the flash to get a little more color than you typically since from a gator in the water. Glad I packed it! Sometimes it’s good to overpack :)