I suppose the subtitle for this blog posting should also be "Experimenting with Bounce Flash Photography" because I did it 100% of the time during this shoot. I'd heard about the concept of bouncing the flash from a fellow photographer who directed me to some blog postings by pro photographer Neil van Niekirk.
It was a Sunday late afternoon, and I found myself at a wonderful little Italian restaurant called the Villa D'Este. I'm rather familiar with it because I hired them to provide the meal that was served after my mother's memorial service last year. The musician for that night's performance was a gentleman named Perrish, who sings in the style of the legendary Frank Sinatra. I've heard Ol' Blue Eyes sing before and have to admit that Perrish sounds almost exactly like him.
What follows are a whole bunch of photos from the evening, also with my camera settings. The restaurant's ceiling was a rust-color, so bouncing the light off that was difficult because even at full power from my Nissin i40, the bounced light really came back a dull red. So I really had only the walls to bounce off of.
My i40 was mounted with something that pro photographer Neil van Niekirk calls a "black foamy thing". Except my foam was wrapped all the way around the flash, like it was almost a snoot. This allowed me to bounce the light spread from the bare flash somewhat contained. The last thing I wanted were dinner guests getting flashed in the face.
First up is Perrish's sound board. I bounced the light off the wall to my left.