Photographer Chuck Espinoza has posted about two recent shoots he did with Kelley Koski and Ryan Marks. This blog entry chronicles Espinoza’s desire to purchase a battery-powered strobe. He reports he had experience with Profoto AcuteB 600R units, but ended up purchasing a 1100 watt/second Elinchrom Ranger RX with an S head. He also got a PocketWizard PowerST4 to pair up with his FlexTT5 radio triggers.
Espinoza documents how his first two shoots with this rig worked out with some info true gearheads will love. With initial expectations of syncing at speeds “over 1/1000 sec,” after a firmware upgrade to the ST4 and the FlexTT5 units, he was able to sync at 1/8000 of a second. In this way, he was able to overpower the sun.
Learn more about Espinoza at his site and his blog.
Tom Bol has published a story at ProPhoto Coalition on syncing an Elinchrom Ranger with a PocketWizard MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 and the PocketWizard PowerST4. Using this setup enabled him to shoot synced flash shots as speeds from 1/2500 to 1/8000 of a second. Those kinds of speeds enable you to completely freeze any motion you’re likely to encounter at a sporting event.
Bol recommends using the slower “S” head instead of the faster “A” head, stating the slower head with longer flash duration allows faster sync speeds. He shot the above photo with a Nikon D300s at 1/2500, f/7.1 at ISO 200. Here’s a handy chart breaking down the compatibility of the PowerST4 and Elinchrom flash units.
Be sure to check out Bol’s full article for complete details. It’s a great read and promises more dramatic photos to come using this marriage of gear.