Hi-Sync shooting in Indonesia
I just returned from a fantastic trip with friends to Bali, Indonesia. Bali is everything it is hyped up to be; peaceful, friendly, exotic, tropical and stunning. I was fascinated with the Balinese people, especial the Balinese dancers. Watching these performances was mesmerizing.
I love to shoot portraits when traveling, and had brought along my Elinchrom ELB400 and 5 foot octabank for interesting subjects. One day we hired a Balinese dancer to photograph, and once again I was reminded the value of being able to shoot at shutter speeds way past the normal sync speed of 1/250. Our dancer was available midday, which meant bright overhead sun. Since I wanted to shoot at 1.4 for these portraits, I knew I needed shutter speeds around 1/1000 and faster.
With the Elinchrom EL-Skyport, HS heads and ELB400, this was not a problem. I simply attached the transmitter and began firing away at 1/000. I only needed about 30 percent power with the ELB400 shooting through the 5 foot octabank to get the correct exposure. Some photographers have asked me why I would shoot in midday light and need fast shutter speeds using Hi-Sync. Time after time I find myself shooting when the opportunity arises such as this dancer shoot. But with Hi-Sync working seamlessly, I know I can always shoot at fast shutter speeds to use wide open apertures in bright daylight.