Tom Bol’s Underwater FlexTT5
We don’t know what possessed photographer Tom Bol to give his speedlights the cement shoe treatment and sink them to the bottom of a river, but we do know that experimentation is always a good excuse to do something just a little bit crazy.
He starts out by giving the speedlights just a taste of what awaits them, by putting them in ziplock bags and placing them in the bow, stern, and middle of the kayak that his wife, Cree, paddles out into the middle of the river. “In order for these flashes to fire,” he writes, “I used PocketWizard FlexTT5’s as receivers on all the SB900s. The radio signal triggers flashes in the boat, no line of sight needed.” Using an AC3 ZoneController, Tom sets all the flashes to group A and fires away. The result is a glowing, yellow kayak.
But these speedlights’ ordeal is far from over. Next, Tom placed them into waterproof cases with clear tops, set them to zone C, strapped them to cinder blocks, and sunk them into the water. He used his FlexTT5 to fire all five speedlights, two underwater, and three in the boat. Lucky for the speedlights, the waterproof cases did their job, and they all survived.
We must note, however, that for obvious reasons our radio triggers are not waterproof Additionally, radio performance is drastically reduced by water. Keep the creativity flowing!
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